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Can Shakespeare and Keats address today's food security challenges?

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As part of a joint EU and Welsh Assembly project, a group of academics hope that linking fiction with farming can prepare food producers for future

Literature is full of references to food. Think of Chilean writer and politician Pablo Neruda's Ode to Onion, Alice in Wonderland's tea party, or Miss Haversham's wedding feast in Dickens' Great Expectations.

So, hungry for inspiration, chefs and artists are now delving into library shelves in search of novel ways to feed our foodie-fanatic appetites. Take US graphic designer Dinah Fried, whose new book Fictitious Dishes beautifully recreates 50 famous literary meals, from Moby Dick's clam chowder to Oliver Twist's gruel. If you're after a meal inspired by poetry, on the other hand, then US poet Nicole Gulotta's Eat This Poem blog has a pantry-full of them.

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