Helen Garlick returns to her exploration of Food in Literature. In Part 10, she gives us extracts from The Magic Mountain bt Thomas Mann, and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
The Magic Mountain is set in a sanatorium for TB patients in the German Alps, just before WW1. A feature of the book is its emphasis on food. The patients are rather like latter day cruise ship passengers, who have paid for and are determined on eating five meals a day.
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant tells the story of Cody, Ezra and Jenny, the adult children of Pearl Tull, their childhood and their attempts over the years to remain a family unit and to forgive their mother and come to terms with the past. Ezra loves cooking and inherits a restaurant which he is committed to making a refuge, where customers are fed well and made to feel safe, welcome and at home.