In 1961 Roy Lichtenstein painted his first comic book-inspired painting, Look Mickey, in which Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are fishing from a jetty. Within a year his career had gone 'Whaam!'. Tempting to think it was inspired by his own fishing for the delicate flesh of the striped bass, abundant on his own nearby beaches of Monmouth and Orange County. Tempting, also, because his simple, herb and lemon treatment is perfect for such a subtle-tasting fish.
1 large striped bass (2-3kg), boned and scaled, with head and tail left on
1 tbsp fresh thyme
5 sprigs parsley
3 slices lemon
1 tbsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Stuff fish with thyme, parsley, lemon, salt and pepper. Rub butter generously into skin on both sides. Grill under medium heat for about 20 minutes on each side depending on thickness.