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Shakespeare in Food

Francisco Lucas Falgui

Ateneo de Manila University

I do not own any of the images used in this presentation


Food and beverage play their part in the works of Shakespeare. He has used them in many of his lines (sample: Twelfth Night: act 2, scene 3-“Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?” -William Shakespeare) to articulate and get his message across.Now that Shakespeare’s image and accomplishments are known throughout the world, his name and the names of his characters are used in food and beverages. Restaurants, dishes, cookbooks, etc.  really sell thanks to Shakespeare.



You can see from the two Othello dessert pictures that Shakespeare has even had his influence on the aesthetics of the food. The colors seen in the desserts represent the two different races in Shakespeare’s Othello.

  1. February 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Do you think people actually care if the food is good or are they just drawn in by the Shakespeare label?

    • Francisco Falgui
      February 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Maybe the names reel them in for the first time, but when it comes to food, it’s always the taste that will keep you coming back. That’s what I think since I’ve never been to these places. Taste or the ambience of the resto.

  2. February 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Is Philippine cuisine ready to incorporate Shakespearean themes into our menu? Haha, it’s really interesting to see what ways people incorporate Shakespeare into food.

  3. geloty32
    March 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I also found a pizza chain called ‘Shakespeare Pizza’ and I agree that Shakespeare indeed has a massive amount of selling power. Although most of the products have no direct relation to Shakespeare and his works; with the exception of the ‘colored Othello cake’, people still use his name to market and sell their products. The positive results are apparent though 🙂

  1. August 15, 2018 at 6:01 pm

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