Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Risk Pool




Book menu for This Risk Pool by Richard Russo


ISBN of edition I read: 0394565274 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in The Risk Pool :
Martinis, 3, 309, 311
Hamburger steak, 7, 108, 173, 212, 222, 228, 331, 498
Ice cream, 14, 18, 462
Macaroons, 17, 43
Chili and beans, 22-23
Bacon, 27, 48
Eggs, 27, 48, 360
Beans and hot dogs, 44-45
Sugar Doughnut, 48
Buttered graham crackers, 48
Pancakes, 48
Sausage, 48, 322
Ham,48
   Spiced ham, 56
Fruit, 48
   Grapefruit, 48-49, 446
   Fruit salad, 326
   Apple, 454
Lasagna, 49
Salami, 56
Wedding Soup, 56, 58, 60
Oreo cookies, 76-78, 126
Hamburgers, 79, 118, 445
7 Up, 85, 136-137
Coffee, 101, 177, 179, 219, 226, 311, 314, 322, 398
Pork chops, 110, 391
Mashed potatoes, 110-111
Creamed corn, 110-111
Cokes, 118
Turkey club, 118
French fries and gravy, 119, 174
Pickles, 145
   Sweet pickles, 282
Olives, 145
Pepperoni, 146
Maraschino cherries, 147, 168
Roast pork and mashed potatoes, 147
Asparagus, 147
Parker House rolls, 147
Frozen Daiquiris,160
   Banana daiquiris, 425
Grilled Rib Steak, 227, 234
Campari & soda, 244
Boilermakers, 245, 316
Pate, 255, 316
Hershey bars, 273
Pretzels, 283
Manhattans, 299, 317-318, 341, 344-345
Filet mignon, 310, 312
Crab legs, 311-312
Amaretto, 311-312
Spaghetti, 315, 331, 370, 372, 436
Veal & peppers, 319
Cornbread muffins, 322
Orange juice, 324-325
Champagne, 324-325, 459
Eggs in Hollandaise sauce, 328
Pizza, 344, 347, 350-351- 407
Cherry Kool-Aid, 350
Seven & 7, 380, 382
Pina coladas, 425
Iced tea, 432-433
Buffalo wings, 436
Napoleon brandy, 479

Books/Authors mentioned in The Risk Pool:
Cannery Row / John Steinbeck, epigraph
Rick Brant, 95
Karl Marx, 152
Gone with the Wind / Margaret Mitchell, 256-257, 328
Heart of Darkness / Joseph Conrad, 274
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 284
From Here to Eternity / ?, 433

Music mentioned in The Risk Pool:
Elvis, 43, 135, 249
   "Hound Dog", 160
Duane Eddy, 135-136, 168, 296-297
"Moon River", 280
Fleetwood Mac, 478

Television programs mentioned in The Risk Pool:
Bonanza, 208

Movies mentioned in The Risk Pool:
It's a Wonderful Life, 174

Some of my favorite Risk Pool passages:p. 16: "I was forbidden to climb the tree after the day my mother came out onto the back porch, called my name, and my voice drifted down to her from the second story level, at the very top of the tree's dwarf side. I swung down from branch to branch to show off my dexterity. My mother wasn't impressed. 'If I ever catch you in that tree again...' she said. She either liked unfinished sentences or couldn't think of how to finish them, and I resented her unwillingness to spell out consequences. It was impossible to weight alternatives without them."

p. 25: "At the water's edge, [Wussy] attached the spinning reels to the rods and ran line through the eyelets all the way to the tips. I watched, full of interest. "Ever fish before?"

I shook my head.

It's about the best thing there is until you're older and can do some other stuff, and it's better than most of the other stuff too."

p.88: "How could you be sure something wouldn't work until it didn't?"

p. 176: "I read some good books that summer...I'd realize I'd understood more than I thought. If I was feeling energetic, I'd look up words I didn't know, but more often I'd be content to wait for the word to crop up again in another context, and by its second or third appearance I'd know what it meant. I began to develop a firm conviction that most efforts to teach people things were wasted. All they needed was to go off some place quiet and read."

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mohawk



Book menu for Mohawk by Richard Russo


ISBN of edition I read: 0679753826 (trade paperback)


Food mentioned in Mohawk :
Sausages, 4-5, 7, 234, 416
Eggs, 8, 11, 36, 234
     Scrambled eggs, 4, 12
Coffee, 4, 8, 10, 12, 36-37, 69-70, 107-108, 142-143, 148, 150
           234, 237, 272, 274, 304, 357, 376
Sticky buns, 4, 8
Juice, 5
Ham 5, 8
Pancakes, 5
Home fries, 5, 8, 12
Toast & jelly, 5-6, 8
Bacon, 7-8, 234
Pastries, 16
Glazed ham, 17-19
Pot roast, 64
Banana cream pie, 64
Cinnamon rolls, 67
Oreo cookies, 68
Bloody Mary, 84-85
Shrimp cocktail, 85, 87
Turkey, 132, 142, 144, 147-148, 162
Almonds, 153
Walnuts, 153
Deviled eggs, 153
Grapes, 153
Leg of lamb, 153
Scotch, 66, 311
Beer, 192, 195, 206
Boilermaker, 201
Whiskey, 201, 306
Coleslaw, 242
Cokes, 242, 292
Grilled cheese, 248
Chocolate-covered cherries, 249
Peanut brittle, 249
Brandy, 255
Melon, 261
Mimosas, 261
Espresso, 262
Lemonade, 266
Hamburger steak & onions, 272
Bourbon, 275
Hamburger deluxe, 291
Chicken salad, 300

Book/Authors mentioned in Mohawk:
Moby-Dick / Herman Melville, epigraph
Micky Spillane, 32
Charles Dickens, 170
     David Copperfield, 91

Libraries mentioned in Mohawk:
p. 52 : "And when they finally discovered [Randall's] flanking maneuver, he could still join the chess club, which met after school in the library."

p. 90: "From the beginning, Anne had shared her father's reverence for books, and he treated her to Saturday afternoons at the Mohawk Free Library the way other Mohawk fathers treated their offspring to movie matinees."


                                                             

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Big Little Lies



Book menu for Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
ISBN of edition I read: 9780399167065 (hardcover)


Food mentioned Big Little Lies:
Cake, 1, 9
Brioche, 1
Tea, 86, 162, 164, 268, 276, 331
   English Breakfast tea, 4
   Herbal tea, 5, 27
   Chamomile tea, 213
Ginger-nut biscuits, 4
Coffee, 9-11, 20, 22, 27, 35, 56, 86, 115154, 298, 312, 317
            339
   Latte, 218
Champagne, 9, 26, 36-38, 40, 77, 86, 94, 123, 189, 240, 249
                  251, 275
   Bollinger, 36
   Mimosas, 36, 43
Vegetarian lasagna, 28, 429, 438
BBQchicken, 41
Carrots, 53
Lollipops, 55, 110, 112
Pears, 55
Wine
   Mulled wine, 58
   Red wine, 132
Pancakes and maple syrup, 58
Chocolate chip cookies, 66
Steak, 67
Seafood platter, 73
Pavlova, 73
Ice cream, 80
Yogurt, 81
Chocolate biscuits, 81
Chickpeas, 82-83
Muffins, 218, 221, 268-269, 368, 443
   Banana muffins, 84
Tacos, 97
Pasta, 97
Garlic bread, 97
Chocolate mud cake, 117
Apples, 120
Cheese and crackers, 120
Raisins, 120
Lemonade, 123
Lindt truffles, 132
Mueseli, 146
Cupcakes, 155
Boiled eggs, 159, 216
Pizza, 197, 398
Risotto, 210
Spanakopita, 242
Brownies, 249
Chocolate coins, 257
Fish curry, 258
Chips, 262
Sushi, 263
Quiche, 265
Sausage rolls, 288
Gingerbread man, 289
Oranges, 294-295
Apple pancakes with lemon-spiced butter, 331, 336-337
Egg and bacon rolls, 335
Bacon and eggs, 366
Spaghetti Bolognese, 371
Pumpkin soup, 375
Sourdough bread, 375
Soy latte, 394
Salt and vinegar chips 398-399
Pretzels, 402

Books/Authors mentioned in Big Little Lies :
Patricia Cornwell, 95
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
   by Robert Fulghum

Movies mentioned in Big Little Lies:
Breakfast At Tiffany's, 4, 266, 393, 400
Die Hard, 191
Sliding Doors , 357
My Fair Lady, 440

Television programs mentioned in Big Little Lies:
Dancing with the Stars, 1
Little House on the Prairie, 41
The Walking Dead , 132
American's New Top Model, 181-182, 232-233, 235

Plays mentioned in Big Little Lies:
King Lear / Shakespeare, 130, 320-321

Libraries mentioned in Big Little Lies:
p. 3: "Mrs. Ponder had been there for a few functions: a talk by a local historian, a lunch hosted by the Friend of the Library. It was a beautiful room."

p. 154: "Jane had gotten used to it by now. The other day she stepped up close, lowered her voice and said, 'Is it library day today?'

p. 286: "It was Monday morning just before the bell rang, and Jane was on her way back from the school library where she'd returned two books Ziggy had forgotten to take back."

p. 379: "'OK, so Max isn't hurting Amabella anymore,' said Josh. 'But then, yesterday, he pushed Skye down the stairs near the library again, and I said he shouldn't do that, and we had a big fight because I said I was going to tell.'"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Man Called Ove




Book Menu for A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman



ISBN of edition I read: 9781476738024 (trade paperback)


Food mentioned in A Man Called Ove: A Novel:

Coffee, 5,9, 11, 23, 25, 91-92, 140, 212, 217, 249
   253, 259-260, 283, 292, 330
      Espresso, 13
      Latte, 249
Rice with Saffron & Chicken, 21-22, 307
Pilsner, 38, 43
Sausages & potatoes, 39, 73, 90, 131
Cookies, 58
Whiskey, 81, 243, 245, 256, 305, 309
Apple pie, 89-90
Sausage sandwich, 164
Bananas, 178
French fries, 209-210
Lemonade, 236
Croissants, 247
Eggs, 259
Meat, potatoes, & gravy, 307
Ice cream, 259
   Chocolate ice cream, 331
Toast, 282
Birthday cake, 321

Books/Authors mentioned in A Man Called Ove:
The Chronicles of Narnia , 27
Shakespeare, 151, 204, 227, 311
Ernest Hemingway, 152
   The Old Man and The Sea, 153

Television programs mentioned in A Man Called Ove:
Dexter, 61

Libraries mentioned in A Man Called Ove:
p. 152-153: "[Sonya's] father had never bothered with books, but when his daughter sat reading the newspaper at the age of five he wasn't so stupid that he tried to avoid doing something about it. 'A girl can't read shit like that: she'll lose her head,' he stated as he pushed her towards the library counter in the village. The old librarian didn't quite know what he meant by that, but there was no doubt about the girl's quite outstanding intellect.

The monthly trip to the grocery store simply had to be extended to a monthly trip to the library, the librarian and father decided together..."

                                               

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tony and Suan



Book menu for Tony and Susan  by Austin Wright
ISBN of edition I read: 9780446582902

Food mentioned in Tony and Susan:
Peanut butter & jelly sandwich, 4
Coffee, 24, 48, 110, 152, 161, 213, 239
Ham, 101
Coke, 104, 156, 199
Cookies, 110
Ginger ale, 141
Peanuts, 141
Spaghetti, 153, 238
Scrambled eggs, 182
Hamburger, 198-100
Corn on the cob, 198
Marshmallows, 199
Roast beef, browned potatoes, peas, 202
Eggs & bacon, 251
Pizza, 319

Authors mentioned in Tony and Susan:
Leo Tolstoy, 133
Henry James, 211

Movies mentioned in Tony and Susan:
Sunny Side of the Street, 132

Music mentioned in Tony and Susan:
Bach, 101
Wagner, 121
   Parsifal, 148
"Siegfried's Funeral March", 130

Libraries mentioned in Tony and Susan:
(I'm a librarian and love to see how novelists portray libraries and librarians!)

p. 109 : "She gave him hints without any idea what the hints were about. Affectionate impulses. Along the street in the rain, patting and cuffing. Flirty things. She punched him in the chest when he came out of the library."

p. 212-213 : "When she came home from her adventure full of exotic guilt, she felt ashamed of her joy while he was so miserable. There was an evening when Edward thought she was checking research papers in the library."


Friday, December 30, 2016

"Oh..."



Book menu for "Oh..." by Philippe Djian
ISBN of edition I read: 9782070456284 (French edition)

Food mentioned in "Oh...":
Sushi, 15
Peanuts, 15
Toast with raspberry jam, 20
Hawaiian beer, 26
South African dry white wine, 20
Club sandwiches, 39
Gin & tonics, 41, 95, 167, 184, 217
Salad with gizzards, 45
Andouillette de Troyes, 45
Croque-monsieur, 56
Coffee, 58
Croissants, 58
Daiquiris, 81-82
Macaroons, 95
Chocolates, 96, 209
Caviar, 114
Blinis, 114
Composed salad, 123
Buche de Noel, 130
Grog, 144-145, 204
Scones, 170-172
Black Russian, 175
Pizza, 197-198
Champagne, 222
Petit-fours, 223

Books/Authors mentioned in "Oh...":
Sherwood Anderson, 50
Virginia Woolf, 50
Vince Gilligan, 76
Eudora Welty, epigraph, 189
David Foster Wallace, 214
John Cheever , 234

Music mentioned in "Oh...":
Brian Eno, 116
Felt / Nils Frahm, 139
"We Move Lightly" / Dustin O'Halloran, 203
"Everything I Know" / Peter Broderick, 237

Television programs mentioned in "Oh...":
Mad Men, 54

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fences: a Play



Book menu for Fences by August Wilson
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Food mentioned in Fences :
Watermelon, 1-2, 67
Pigs feet, 5
Chicken and collard greens, 6
Beans, 17
Stew, 23
Biscuits, 26
Flapjacks, 27
Plums, 25, 27
Meatloaf, 30
Sandwich, 48
Shirt Ribs, 48
Ham Sandwich, 53
Lima beans, 65
Corn bread, 65
Cake, 81
Eggs, 95