„Eat&Read“, KROKODIL Center’s new venture, is a direct and creative response to one of the most inconvenient consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic – the global mobility restrictions.
In order to help you make up for missed travels and fulfill your wanderlust, we have decided to take you on an exciting literary-culinary journey around the world. Exploring a different country every month, we’ll be discovering its literature, cuisine, and culture. Each month, during a ten-day period, we offer a specific menu, while simultaneously presenting several authors that shine the best light on the authenticity of the culture they come from and write about. This traveling-without-moving project also consists of a public event under the name „Eat&Talk“, where we organize a public lecture at the KROKODIL Center, welcoming a limited number of visitors in order to follow the rules of social distancing and health recommendations.
During the 1# Eat&Read, we traveled to Greece. With musaka, horiatiki salad, halva, greek coffee, and ouzo, in May we talked about contemporary Greek literature, focusing mostly on works by Jeffrey Eugenides, Margarita Karapanou, Odysseus Elytis, and Constantine Cavafy.
The 2# „Eat&Read“ event took us westward to the (is)land of the Irish. We introduced our guests to contemporary authors Edna O’Brien and Sally Rooney, all while enjoying the specialties of the Irish cuisine. With conversations about James Joyce, we also celebrated Bloomsday – the 16th of June, the day in which Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place. On our podcast, during the event „Eat&Talk“, the author Lana Bastašić talked about Irish literature with our very own, Milica Joksimović. From our menu in June, you could order Irish stew, Trídhathach salad, porter cake, and of course, the world-renowned Guinness beer.
The 3# “Eat&Read” took us to the south of Bella Italia, to Naples. In July, we enjoyed the specialties of Neapolitan cuisine, as well as discussed three authors born in Naples, whose works portray three different aspects of this Italian city. Aside from Paolo Sorrentino, Roberto Saviano, and Ellena Ferrante, our menu consisted of gnocchi napoletana (gatto di patate), Neapolitan style tomato salad, and cassata.