Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Viscount Who Loved Me

 


Book menu for The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Food mentioned in The Viscount Who Loved Me
:
Scotch, 19, 22, 25
Strawberries, 22
Lemonade, 31-35, 40, 97
Champagne, 40
Tea, 58, 277, 283, 287, 318
Whiskey, 102-103
Punch, 176
Port wine, 181
Flavored ice, 231
Biscuits, 277-279, 286
     Shortbread, 286
Brandy 281, 285-286
Orange marmalade, 299
Lemon marmalade, 299
Eggs, 318
Scones, 318
Kippers, 318
Roast pork, 3318
Walnuts, 325

Books mentioned in The Viscount Who Loved Me:
William Shakespeare
     Much Ado About Nothing, 24
     Macbeth, 356
Jane Austen, 85

Music mentioned in The Viscount Who Loved Me:
Bach, 36
Mozart, 36
Beethoven's Fifth, 356

Page numbers refer to the mass market paperback (ISBN: 9780062353641)

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

The Oracle of Maracoor

 


Book menu for The Oracle of Maracoor by Gregory Maguire

Food mentioned in The Oracle of Maracoor:
Pomegranates, 16-17, 121-122
Pineapples, 20
Nuts, 29
Berries, 29
     Raspberries, 205
Cherries, 29
Olives, 29
Apples, 36, 38, 46-48, 50, 141-142, 149-150
Ale, 117
     Cherry ale, 45
Biscuits, 45, 201
Bread and jam, 49
Tea, 73 76
Scones, 76
Omelets, 98
Lamb stew, 113
Crumpets and cream, 120
Honeycake, 133
Chicken with tamarind glaze, 179
Wine, 180
Lemonade, 201
Ginger nuts, 205
Hard cider, 223
Sherry, 231
Fruits and cheeses, 235
Pastries, 235

Books mentioned in The Oracle of Maracoor:
The Human Factor / Graham Green, epigraph
Uncle Stephen
/ Forrest Reid, epigraph
Charles Dickens, 213

My favorite passages from The Oracle of Maracoor:
"But then, no one experienced anyone else's life. That was the curse of individuality, and maybe the safety of it, too. The privacy of shame, of regret." (p. 165)

"So much of what we call wisdom is just the aftershock of survival." (p. 197)

"'Most of us flee home to escape how we seem to be becoming. Some of us never stop fleeing. But in this world, hearth-tenders are urgent agents, too. Go home and tend your hearth. If you can. Do a better job than I ever did.'" (p.260)

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN 9780063094017)

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Writers and Lovers

 


Book menu for Writers and Lovers by Lily King

Food mentioned in Writers and Lovers:
Tea, 3, 60-61, 76
Martinis, 9
Heinekin beer, 12
Catalan fish stew, 13
Coffee, 15, 24, 103, 126, 177
     Ice lattes, 16
     Espresso, 62-63
     Ice coffee, 66
Crêpes, 16
Milkshakes, 16
Mountain Dew, 16
Carpaccio, 20
Seared scallops, 20, 159
Champagne, 21, 73
Osso bucco
, 21

Lavender flan, 21
Vongoles, 21
Wine, 170, 288
     Pinot Grigio, 24, 103
     Red wine, 126
     Sancerre, 291
Swordfish, 24, 246
Risotto, 24, 288-289
     Risotto balls, 73
Sandwiches
     Ham sandwiches, 31
     Grilled cheese, 206
     BLTs, 66, 242
     Turkey clubs, 228
     Chicken pesto, 273
     Turkey melt, 274
Mocha frappes, 33
Seltzer and cranberry, 34
Herbed pasta, 36
Egg sandwiches, 38
Peaches, 40
Prosciutto-wrapped figs, 54
Cinnamon toast, 61
Crab cakes, 66, 100
Vichyssoise, 66-67
Panna cotta, 66
Moroccan chicken, 68
Couscous, 68
Sangria, 68, 186, 188
Oysters, 73
Crab toast, 73
Stuffed figs, 73
Raspberry scones, 76
Blacked bluefish, 89
Turkish roast pigeon, 89
Pot de crème, 90
Samosas, 101
Bloody Marys, 101
Arnold Palmers, 103
Hot chocolate, 103
Eggs and sausage, 104
Blueberry pancakes, 105, 108
Coddled eggs, 105
Eggs Benedict, 106
Chocolate bombs, 106
Bourbon pecan pie, 106
Screwdrivers, 108
Apple Papillote, 108
Basil-lavender crème brulée, 110, 113
Pear compotes, 110
Burgers, 137
     Cheeseburger, 17
Carrot cake, 142
Poppy seed cake, 144
Mussels, 157-158
Sea bass, 158
Grilled shrimp, 157
Tagliatelle, 157
Chocolate torte, 159
Mango sorbet, 159
Banana bread pudding, 159
Banana cake, 169
Baklava, 170-171
Ice cream sundaes, 178
Duck confit, 180
Chocolate chip cookies, 190
Chicken fingers and cucumber slices, 194-195
Peppermint ice cream, 197
Cider doughnuts, 209
Apples, 210
Hazelnut mousse, 247
Shepherd's pie, 251
Plums, 252
Grapes, 252
Bananas, 252
Kiwis, 252-253
Pancakes, 259
Quesadillas, 259
Banana cupcakes, 259
Macaroni and cheese, 259
Lasagna, 260-261, 305
Eggplant Parmesan, 271 
Cheesecake, 271
Cheetos, 285
Funyons, 285
Spaghetti, 303
Apples and peanut butter, 303

Books/Authors mentioned in Writers and Lovers:
Martin Amis, 8
Roddy Doyle, 8
Marcel Proust, 12, 87
    
A la recherche du temps perdu, 14
     Swann's Way, 87
Marguerite Duras, 12
Gunter Grass, 12
Cuore /
Edmondo De Amicis, 14
Honore de Balzac, 14
Michel de Montaigne, 14
Paul Valéry, 14
George Eliot, 86
     Middlemarch, 14
Somerset Maugham, 28
Henry David Thoreau, 43
     Walden, 44
Cormac McCarthy, 44
Troubles / J.G. Farrell, 54, 233
"The Letter Writers" (story) / Elizabeth Taylor, 59
Leo Tolstoy, 64
John Updike, 71, 268
     The Centaur, 71
Walter Scott, 86
D.H. Lawrence 86
     Sons and Lovers, 86
     The White Peacock
, 86
Edith Wharton, 87, 268
Virginia Woolf, 87, 234
     To the Lighthouse, 315
Black Tickets / Jane Anne Phillips, 103
William Faulkner, 115, 178, 268
The Last September / Elizabeth Bowen, 166
T.S. Eliot, 171
Franny and Zoey / J.D. Salinger, 175
Breakfast at Tiffany's / Truman Capote, 209
"Casey of the Bat" (poem) / Ernest Lawrence Thayer, 221
Woodcutters / Thomas Bernhard, 233, 269
Shirley Hazzard, 235
     The Evening of the Holiday, 233
Toni Morrison, 268
     Beloved , 233
     Sula, 315
Independent People / Halldor Laxness, 233
Housekeeping / Marilynne Robinson, 233
Robinson Crusoe / Daniel Defoe, 257, 260
"The Liar" / Amiri Baraka, 266
The Catcher in the Rye / J. D. Salinger, 268, 309
A Separate Peace / John Knowles, 268
John Cheever, 268
Joan Didion, 268
MacBeth / William Shakespeare, 268
All the Pretty Horses / Cormac McCarthy, 268, 273
Ernest Hemingway, 268
     A Farewell to Arms, 272
     The Sun Also Rises, 272
Dante, 275
Siddhartha / Hermann Hesse, 304
Their Eyes Were Watching God / Zora Neale Hurston, 304-105
William Carlos Williams. 311
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Brontë, 315
The House on Mango Street / Sandra Cisneros, 315

Music mentioned in Writers and Lovers:
"Crash into Me" / Dave Matthews, 9
Talking Heads, 19
"Run Joey Run" / David Geddes, 33
"Wildfire" / Michael Martin Murphy, 33
"I'm Not in Love" / 10cc, 33
"Mack the Knife" / Bobby Darin, 90
"In the Mood" / Glenn Miller, 90
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" / The Tokens, 90
"Earth Angel" / The Penguins
"By Yon Bonnie Banks" / John McDermott, 90
Olivia Newton-John, 92
Chopin, 111
Led Zeppelin, 111
Frank Sinatra, 111
Duran Duran, 124
     "Rio", 125
Lou Reed, 164, 279
Nirvana, 186
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina", 192
"This Old Man" / Raffi, 210
"She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain", 210
"Edelweiss" / Oscar Hammerstein, 257
"Blowin' in the Wind" / Bob Dylan, 257
"Blue Angel" / Roy Orbison, 258
"Loch Lomond", 258
Joni Mitchell. 281
     "Little Green", 282
David Byrne, 319, 321

Movies mentioned in Writers and Lovers:
Mrs. Doubtfire, 259, 262-263

TV shows mentioned in Writers and Lovers:
The Love Boat, 75

Magazines mentioned in Writers and Lovers:
Granta, 55
Kenyon Review, 263
People, 281

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN 9780802148537)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Father of the Rain

 


Book menu for Father of the Rain by Lily King

Food mentioned in Father of the Rain:
Iced tea, 6-7, 33
Burgers, 12
Minute steak, 13, 27
Martinis, 13, 25, 64, 78, 99, 123, 151, 159, 183, 203, 214, 344
Pizza, 20
Fried dough, 20, 199, 225-226, 228, 232   
Fried clams, 21, 273
Club sandwich, 21, 273
Hot Tomales, 28
Fried Chicken, 30
Frappes, 38
Raspberry rickeys, 38
Falafel sandwiches, 39
Grappa, 39
Cornflakes, 40
Jelly Beans, 48
Tuna casserole, 55-56
Coffee, 59, 119, 213, 234, 273, 381, 308
V8, 62
Vodka and orange juice, 64
Moo Goo gai pan, 67
Brownies, 73
Cookies, 303, 335
     Lace cookies, 75
    
Chocolate chip cookies, 104
    
Animal crackers, 265
Gin and tonics, 78   
Cheese and crackers, 78
Chipped beef, 82-83
Wine, 94-95, 105, 129
     Red wine, 256
Pad thai, 103
Donuts, 105
    
Crullers, 351
Coffee ice cream, 106, 169
Peanuts, 107, 189
Papaya juice, 107, 111
Sliced melon, 113
Baked Alaska, 115
Coke, 123
Banana cake, 128
Lime rickeys, 149
Hot dogs, 152, 160, 223, 284
Grand Marnier and Hawaiian punch, 157
Steak, 160, 168, 193
Asparagus and Hollandaise sauce, 168
Tuna fish sandwiches, 174
Lamb chops, 176
Mashed potatoes, 176
Tofu curry, 176
Bi bim bap, 176
Grilled cheese sandwiches, 190
Salad with avocado, 193
Ice cream and chocolate sauce, 193
Filet mignon with Bernaise sauce, 204, 207
Vichyssoise, 204
Scotch and sodas, 207
Doritos, 234
Chicken sandwiches,  244
Potato chips, 244
Watermelon, 244
Smoked salmon and crackers, 254
Cranberry fizz, 255
Prime rib, 255, 258
Club soda, 255
Cranberry soda, 258
Sliced apples, 268
French fries, 273
Beer, 275
Lobsters, 284
Green beans, 297
Garlic mashed potatoes, 297
Pies
     Apple pie, 297, 337
    
Strawberry rhubarb pie, 337
     Pecan, 337
     Cherry pie, 337

Chex mix, 297
Scotch and soda, 298
Mashed sweet potato, 298
Champagne, 300
Seltzer, 300Coconut angle food cake, 304
Tea, 305
Hot chocolate, 351


Books/Authors mentioned in Father of the Rain:
The Book of Job, epigraph
Mark Twain
     The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 48
     The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 48
Christopher Marlowe, 63
The Secret Garden / Frances Hodgson Burnett, p.64
Joseph Conrad, 104
It's Not the End of the World / Judy Blume, 107
The Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton, 124
Saul Bellow, 120
Bronislaw Malinowski, 131
Nadine Gordimer, 131
Go Tell it On the Mountain / James Baldwin, 155ë
Julius Caesar / William Shakespeare, 158
William Wordsworth, 195
Samuel Coleridge, 195
Penelope Fitzgerald, 196
     The Gate of Angels, 246
Alice Munro, 196
Independent People / Halldor Laxness, 196
Structural Anthropology / Claude Levi-Strauss, 196
The Patterns of Culture / Ruth Benedict, 196
The Pickwick Papers / Charles Dickens, 198
Margaret Mead, 205
Simone Weil, 212
Winesburg, Ohio / Sherwood Anderson, 229
The Second Sex / Simone the Beauvoir, 250
Charlotte Brontë, 285
Gunga Din / Rudyard Kipling, 298
Emily Dickinson, 327

Music mentioned in Father of the Rain:
John Denver, 21
Helen Reddy, 32
Cat Stevens, 32
The Carpenters, 32
"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" / The Beatles, 133
"Bennie and the Jets" / Elton John, 133-134
Bruce Springstein
     "Thunder Road", 134
     "Independence Day", 134
     "Nebraska", 134
"Jack and Diane" / John Mellencamp, 134
Cameo, 134
The Whispers, 134
Marvin Gaye, 135
"O-o-h Child" / Five Stairsteps, 137
"Put on a Happy Face" / Dick Van Dyke, 224
"Sweet Caroline" / Neil Diamond, 225
"Mandy" / Barry Manilow, 225
"My Eyes Adored You" / Frank Valli, 225
Glenn Miller, 259
"It's Like Reaching for the Moon" / Billie Holiday, 331-332

Movies mentioned in Father of the Rain:
The Wizard of Oz, 317

TV shows mentioned in Father of the Rain:
Hawaii Five-O, 11
Mannix, 11
The Price is Right, 151
Planet of the Apes, 225
Andy Griffin Show, 274
The Little Rascals, 341

Plays mentioned in Father of the Rain:
A Chorus Line, 83
Bye Bye Birdie, 221
The King and I, 230

Magazines mentioned in Father of the Rain:
Playboy, 88
Penthouse, 108, 116, 335
Time, 161

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Euphoria

 


Book menu for Euphoria by Lily King

Food mentioned in Euphoria
:
Gin, 5, 8, 110
Champagne, 12
Beef, 21
Mashed potatoes, 21
Wax beans, 21
Martinis, 38
Whiskey, 42, 46, 151, 216-217, 249
Tea, 119, 151
Jelly buttons, 57
Baked yams, 62
Jackfruit, 62
Sago cake, 99, 208
Coffee, 99, 179, 199, 213
Canned peaches, 106
Guava juice, 110
Biscuits, 119
Champagne, 150
Caramels, 151
Canned pears, 152
Canned sardines, 177
Apricots, 177
Dried fish, 208
Veal, 231
Welsh rarebit, 23
Spaghetti, 231
Cognac, 235-236, 238

Books/Authors mentioned in Euphoria:
Margaret Mead, epigraph
Ruth Benedict, epigraph
William Blake, 30
Alfred Tennyson, 30
"Hardness of Heart" (poem) / Edward Shillito, 31, 212
Amy Lowell, 92
     "Decade", 192
Light in August / William Faulkner, 139
Romeo and Juliet / William Shakespeare, 139
W. H. Auden, 170
Vaslaw Nijinsky, 190
Serge Diaghilev, 190
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 190
"The Ballad of Father Gilligan" (poem) / W.B. Yeats, 212
Rupert Brooke, 212
Wilfred Owen, 212
Sidfried Sassoon, 212

Many more books are also listed in the acknowledgments.


Magazine mentioned in Euphoria:
The New Yorker, 66, 231, 248

Music mentioned in Euphoria:
"Lady of Spain" (song), 19

Title mentioned on:
Page 50: "'It's that moment about two months in, when you think you've finally got a handle on the place. Suddenly if feels within your grasp. It's a delusion--you've only been there eight weeks--and it's followed by the complete despair of ever understanding anything. But at that moment the place feels entirely yours. It's the briefest, purest euphoria.'"

Page 115: She looked like she did not know quite what to do with me.

"'I didn't want to miss the euphoria. I haven't, have I? You said it happened at the second-month mark.'"

One of my favorite passages from Euphoria:
"We're always, in everything we do in this world, she said, limited by subjectivity. But our perspective can have an enormous wingspan, if we give it the freedom to unfurl.", p.50

Pages numbers refer to the hardcover edition: (ISBN 9780802122551)


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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Gender Queer : a Memoir

 


Book menu for Gender Queer: a Memoir by Maia Kobabe

Books mentioned in Gender Queer:
Harry Potter / J. K. Rowling, 28
Tamora Pierce, 30
Strangers in Paradise (series) / Terry Moore, 50
Ranma 1/2 / Rumiko Takahashi, 71
Franny and Zoey / J.D. Salinger, 72
Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier, 72
Fake (series) / Sanami Matoh, 75
The Last Herald Mage trilogy / Mercedes Lackey, 75
The Importance of Being Earnest / Oscar Wilde, 87
The Sandman series / Neil Gaiman, 93
Welcome to My World / Johnny Weir, 119
Fun Home / Alison Bechdel, 135
Oh Joy Sex Toy / Erika Moen, 138
As the Crow Flies / Melanie Gillman, 171
The Gender Creative Child / Diane Ehrensaft, 185
Touching a Nerve: the Self as Brain / Patricia Smith Churchland, 199-200

There are many more books referenced on pages 72, 74, and 144 (too many to list here)!

Music mentioned in Gender Queer:
David Bowie, 55-56, 59
Tommy / The Who, 56
The Doors, 56
The Rolling Stones, 56
Pink Floyd, 56
Frank Zappa, 56
The Beatles, 56
Queen, 56, 58
One Direction, 151-153

Movies mentioned in Gender Queer:
The Lord of the Rings, 51
The Laramie Project, 95

Page numbers refer to the paperback edition (ISBN: 9781549304002)


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Saturday, July 23, 2022

The English Teacher

 


Book menu for The English Teacher by Lily King

Food mentioned in The English Teacher
:
Cookies, 5
Cider, 5
Coca Cola, 9
Champagne, 14
Toast, 33, 236
     Raisin toast, 172
Bacon, 33, 236
French toast, 37
Coffee, 37-39,  59, 65-67, 198, 201, 213
Reuben sandwiches, 38
French fries, 38, 63-64
Beer, 38,128,130, 142
Smoked salmon, 59
Croissants, 59
     Chocolate croissants, 61
Muffins, 59-60
     Banana muffins, 61
Fruit, 59
Rum and Cokes, 60
Egg salad sandwiches, 68
Lemonade, 68, 133
Bourbon and soda, 72, 100, 173, 176
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, 74
Sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans, 87
Pumpkin pie, 88
Wine, 92
Frappes, 94
Scrambled eggs, 110
Chicken with cashews, 115
Shrimp lo mein, 115
Fried rice, 115
Beef and broccoli, 115
Pizza, 133
Brownies, 134
Cheese popcorn, 146
Shepherd's pie, 163
Wax beans, 163
Sponge cake, 163-164
Martinis, 170
Fish sticks, 180
Hamburgers, 188
Pink coconut cupcakes, 188
Peanuts, 194
Onion rings 198
Doughnuts, 201
Tea, 213
Ice cream sundaes, 218
Bananas, 225, 231
Hard-boiled eggs, 231
Pancakes, 236
Scrambled eggs, 236
Ham and cheese sandwiches, 239

Books/Authors mentioned in The English Teacher:
"The Waves" / Virginia Woolf, epigraph
T.S. Eliot, 176
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 4
William Shakespeare, 66, 154
     King Lear, 14
     Macbeth, 65
     Othello, 108
Thomas Hardy, 109, 153
     Tess of the d'Ubervilles, 35, 37-39, 46-48, 51, 54-59, 68, 84-86, 106, 151
        153, 159-162, 194, 203, 216, 242
     "The Well-Beloved", 105-106, 161
George Eliot
     Middlemarch, 40, 121
     Daniel Deronda, 219
Ernest Hemingway, 48-49
     The Sun Also Rises, 59
Herman Melville, 154
     Moby-Dick, 49
"Innesfree" (poem) / William Butler Yeats, 63
Prometheus Unbound / Percy Shelley, 66
"Annabel Lee" / Edgar Allan Poe, 110
Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen, 113, 138
Leo Tolstoy, 118
     Anna Karenina, 227
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 121
The Thorn Birds / Colleen McCullough, 147, 151, 239
Theodore Dreiser, 154
The Brontës, 154
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 154
Willa Cather, 154
William Faulkner, 154, 226
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 168
James Joyce, 215, 232
     The Dubliners, 178
The Portrait of a Lady / Henry James, 202
Madame Bovary / Gustave Flaubert, 202
D.H. Lawrence, 226


Music mentioned in The English Teacher:
"Beast of Burden" / The Rolling Stones, 8
"In the Gloaming" / Annie Fortescue Harrison, 217

Discussable passages from The English Teacher:
Was this how marriage was, bewilderment giving way to reassurance giving way to more bewilderment? Was it possible in any relationship to not disappoint, to do anything more than only briefly rekindle the initial fatal illusion? (Chapter 5, p.105)

The books on the shoulder-level shelf across from them could be found on the shelf of any high school English teacher in any state across the country: Norton anthologies, the Riverside Shakespeare, Melville, Dreiser, Brontë, Hawthorne, Cather, Faulkner. Nothing contemporary, nothing edgy, nothing out of print, nothing in translation. Not even a slight leaning toward a theme, a preference of gender or time period. The passionless shelf embarrassed her. (Chapter 7, p.154)

Instead of shutting you up in classrooms for twelve years, why didn't schools just put you on a bus and show you the world? He'd never known how cramped and ugly New England was until now.
(Chapter 8, p.190)

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN 0871138972)

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