To whip up your own Literary Lunch, just follow this simple recipe...
Take a generous helping of Ian McEwan and leave to marinate overnight.
Add some Sebastian Faulks to a pan and sauté on a high heat.
Mix in a dollop of Louis de Bernieres (don't stint) and shavings of Mark Haddon and bring to the boil.
Add a rounded teaspoon of Anne Tyler, a smidgen of Neel Mukherjee and a pinch of Julian Barnes, according to taste. You may also wish to add a sprinkling of Salman Rushdie to add some heat.
Reduce the mixture down and add a splash of Irvine Welsh, skimming off excess expletives.
Remove from the heat and add essence of Haruki Murakami slowly, drop by drop, making sure to mix in thoroughly.
Meanwhile, using a rich brandy or calvados, flambé thinly sliced extracts of Simon Schama - to avoid a scorching, avert face and be prepared for a flare of potentially large flames.
Finally, bring all the elements together and plate up with a dash of Jeanette Winterson and garnish with a sprig pf Helen Fielding.
Enjoy with a full-bodied red wine.