I needed a table at Maximâ€™s, a hundred bucks, and a gorgeous blonde; what I had was a leg of lamb and no clues. I took hold of the joint. It felt cold and damp, like a coronerâ€™s handshake. I took out a knife and cut the lamb into pieces. Feeling the blade in my hand I sliced an onion, and before I knew what I was doing a carrot lay in pieces on the slab. None of them moved.â€”from â€śLAMB WITH DILL SAUCE Ă€ LA RAYMOND CHANDLERâ€ťIf youâ€™ve ever wondered what it would be like to make dinner with Franz Kafka, Jane Austen, or Raymond Chandler, this is the chance to find out.Â Â Literary ventriloquist Mark Crick presents fourteen recipes in the voices of famous writers, from Homer to Virginia Woolf to Irvine Welsh. Â Guaranteed to delight anyone in love with food and books, these witty pastiches will keep you so entertained in the kitchen that youâ€™ll be sorry when the guests arrive.