Book/Food Club: Chris Westbury’s “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even”

1 Nov

We met at Pat’s house on October 23, 2014 to eat the food inspired by my book choice,  Chris Westbury’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even . Oh, and we discussed the book too of course – a lively discussion of a fine and quirky book.  I have a special connection to the book since the author is a friend of mine. I recommend it. Go out there and buy it; support a local author!

We toasted the evening with cava, as the characters in the book did on their journey.

Our host chose a delightful Freixenet. Orange juice and pear effervé  were our other beverage choices.  Photograph by Marlena Wyman.


The book’s title is inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s artwork of the same title, which resides in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

bride stripped bare by her bachelors even

Marcel Duchamp  The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) 1915-23   Philadelphia Museum of Art

Although food is a big part of our book club get-togetheers, the books are not chosen for their food content, so  at times the host must call upon her creativity in the interpretation of food for our book feasts. Pat, a very creative woman, decided to take the book’s frozen burritos (that purportedly tasted like old newspapers with  mud inside) and greatly elevate them. She created Burritos Duchamp – unfinished and deconstructed burritos. They were delicious!


Burritos Duchamp by Pat, laid out on her collection of beautiful hand-made pottery dishes and vintage table linens. Photograph by Marlena Wyman.



We began by helping ourselves to lime-cilantro rice and caramelized vegetables in the kitchen. Photograph by Marlena Wyman.



Then from the palette of ingredients laid out on the table, we added fresh tomatoes from our hosts’ garden, bean dip, pineapple salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, and Melba Toast to create our own edible artworks. Photograph by Marlena Wyman.



Chocolate truffles, (chocolate plays an important role in the book), shortbread, red grapes and tea rounded out the repast. Photograph by Marlena Wyman.

At the end of the evening, unlike Duchamp, we declared our feast definitely finished.

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