Monday, November 29, 2021

The Brides of Maracoor


Book menu for The Brides of Maracoor by Gregory Maguire

Food mentioned in The Brides of Maracoor
:
Apricots, 20, 144, 150, 213
Bread with tarragon honey, 54
Grapes, 55, 271
Bread and goat cheese, 55
Anise flavored water, 72
Wine, 77-78, 110
Bread and cheese, 89
Cured meats, 89
Oranges, 89, 159
Hot apple wine with butter, 93
Brandy, 110
Mackerel paste on toasted flatbread, 133
Pistachios, 144
Honey cake, 212
Boiled eggs, 220
Deviled eggs, 220
Cheese biscuits, 238
Walnuts, 271
Tea, 309
Biscuits with orange curd, 336
Figs, 340
Lemonade, 367
Pretzels, 367

Books mentioned in The Brides of Maracoor:
The Tempest / William Shakespeare, epigraph
The Magus / John Fowles, epigraph

Some of my favorite quotes for The Brides of Maracoor:
"Another word for poverty of choice is innocence.", p.12

"To the world and beyond what we know.", [the toast on p. 59]


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Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN 9780063093966)

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Beach Plum Island

 


Book menu for Beach Plum Island by Holly Robinson

Food mentioned in Beach Plum Island
:
Iced tea, 4, 48
Eggs Benedict, 5
Bloody Marys, 5
Wine, 13, 15, 66, 73, 78, 183, 250
     White wine, 14
          Chardonnay, 14, 181
     Prosecco, 172, 175
     Port, 330
Whiskey, 20-21, 182
Seltzer and cranberry juice, 24
Brandy, 26, 177
Oatmeal, 28
Darjeeling tea, 28
Frozen yogurt, 32
Pizza, 33, 158, 195, 261-262, 264, 345
Fried dough, 33, 67
Coffee, 41, 109-111, 117, 198, 200, 205, 213, 252
   268, 276, 286, 297, 326, 341, 343
     Espresso, 213, 330
Stout, 50
Corn chips, 52
French toast and bacon, 56, 101, 103
Bananas, 56
Lobster, 66
Potato salad, 66
Spaghetti, 73, 78
Margaritas, 77
Orange juice, 103
Toast and strawberry jam, 127
Potato chips, 127
Dim sum, 152
Ice cream 152, 158, 339, 341
Mango chicken, 157
Garlic roasted potatoes, 173
Steak and corn, 173, 176
Pancakes and bacon, 212-213
Chocolate chip pancakes, 214
Martinis, 217, 314, 316, 314
Beef jerky, 222
Sushi, 248-249
Cashews, 250
Pork chops and mashed potatoes, 251
Spinach salad, 251
Roast chicken, 251
Risotto with mushrooms, 252
Blueberry pie, 252
Lemonade, 264, 371-372
Bagels, 276, 278
Thai noodle soup, 284
Apples, 296
Granola bar, 296
Cranberry juice and vodka, 311, 313
Irish coffee, 314
Hot dogs, 316
Tiramisu 330
Mint tea, 334
Peach yogurt, 341
Cheese omelets, 343
Pecan rolls, 345

Books mentioned in Beach Plum Island
"Phantom" (poem) / Carla Panciera, epigraph
Jane Austen, 82

Music mentioned in Beach Plum Island:
Rolling Stones, 89
Aerosmith, 8, 89, 114
The Who, 8
Pink Floyd, 8, 89
Red Hot Chili Peppers, 11
     "Californication", 80
Jazz, 24
Mick Jagger, 34, 367
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" / Nirvana, 84, 112
"Stairway to Heaven" / Led Zeppelin, 161
"Highway to Hell" / AC/DC, 261
Mumford and Sons, 294
"Walk Like an Egyptian" / The Bangles, 317
The Cure, 320
Pink, 349
Bruce Springstein, 370, 372

Movies mentioned in Beach Plum Island:
The Lady and the Tramp, 219
Harry Potter, 307

TV shows mentioned in Beach Plum Island:
Game of Thrones, 190
Dancing with the Stars, 212
Doctor Who, 345

Page numbers refer to the trade paperback edition: ISBN 9780451241023


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Monday, September 13, 2021

Sleeping Tigers

 


Book menu for Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson

Food mentioned in Sleeping Tigers
:
Cosmopolitans, 1
Chocolate bars, 4, 133
Sour dough bread, 4
Beer, 4, 22, 32, 50, 99
Champagne, 10
Coffee, 12, 40-41, 44, 50-51, 53-54, 58, 84, 130, 132
Tortilla chips, 16
Cheese, 20
Pastries, 20
Potato chips, 20
Brownies,
Herbal tea, 24
Oatmeal, 31, 35, 84-85, 109, 128, 149
Pizza, 35, 182-183, 188, 250
Falafel, 46, 48, 105, 114, 246
Beef jerky, 50
Eggs and bacon, 54
Coffee cake, 54-55
Fruit, 54
     Bananas, 83, 128
Nuts, 54
Apple sauce, 84
Boxed chocolates, 97-98
Armadillo soup, 99
BBQ oysters, 99-100
Orange Popsicles, 110
Grilled cheese sandwiches, 142, 149
Lemonade, 115, 136
Wine, 126, 182-183, 251
Apple juice, 128
Cinnamon toast, 133
Ginger ale, 142, 146
Tomato soup, 142, 149
Scrambled eggs, 144
Tea, 157, 206
Yak cheese, 173
Honey bread, 173
Rice and lentils, 194
Cookies, 195
Apple pancakes, 201, 206, 212-213
Dal Bhat Tarkari, 210
Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, 219
Popcorn, 236-237

Books mentioned in SleepingTigers:
The Wizard of Oz / Frank L. Baum, 143

Music mentioned in Sleeping Tigers:
Reggae, 27
"Got My Mojo Working" / Muddy Waters, 124
"Gravier Street Rag" / Champion Jack Dupree, 124
Billie Holiday, 124
"Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone" / Muddy Waters, 126
Lady Gaga, 176
Britney Spears, 176

Page numbers refer to the trade paperback edition: ISBN 9781466404830

Friday, April 30, 2021

The Duke and I

 
Book menu for The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Food mentioned in The Duke and I:

Champagne, 1
Brandy, 26, 28, 205, 430
Red wine, 76
Ratafia, 100
Lemonade, 100, 152, 174, 184
Turtle soup, 140
Lamb à la Bohème, 140
Creamed potatoes, 142
Peas, 145
Biscuits, 161, 294, 344-345, 422, 430
Whiskey, 316
Tea, 344, 430
Toast and jam, 433

Books mentioned in The Duke and I:
William Shakespeare, 111

   Books mentioned in the Behind the Book section:
      
The Count of Monte Cristo / Alexandre Dumas, 3
       Crime and Punishment
/ Fyodor Dostoevsky, 3
       Heart of Darkness
/ Joseph Conrad, 3,5
      Sweet Dreams series, 3-5

Music mentioned in The Duke and I:
The Magic Flute / Mozart, 192

Page numbers refer to paperback edition (ISBN: 978063078901)

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

News of the World

 

Book menu for News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Food mentioned in News of the World:
Dried beef, 15
Bacon, 15, 37, 54, 56, 100
     Bacon and black beans, 135
     Bacon and eggs, 140, 148
Coffee, 37, 54, 121, 187, 189
Corn dodgers, 37
Corn bread, 38, 54
Sausages, 60, 187
Rum, 65
BBQ, 75
Divinity candy, 80, 100
Tortillas, 84
Salt water taffy, 128, 204
Roasted chicken, 152-153
Seed cake, 187
Brisket, 190
Biscuits, 191
Chili, 194
Whiskey, 196
Flan, 203

Music mentioned in News of the World:
"Stone Grinds All", 22-23
"Little Drops of Brandy", 23
"Virginia Belle", 54
"Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross", 86
"It is Well With My Soul", 86
"Black is the Color", 86
"Hard Times", 153, 155
"Come to the Bower", 205
"The Yellow Rose of Texas", 205

My Favorite passages for News of the World:
"If people had true knowledge of the world perhaps they would not take up arms and so perhaps he could be an aggregator of information from distant places and then the world would be a more peaceful place." p.29

"Maybe life is just carrying news. Surviving to carry the news. Maybe we have just one message, and it is delivered to us when we are born and we are never sure what it says; it may have nothing to do with us personally but it must be carried by hand through a life, all the way, and at the end handed over, sealed." p.121

"Laughter is good for the soul and all your interior works." p. 176

"Life was not safe and nothing could make it so, neither fashionable dresses nor bank accounts. The baseline of human life was courage." p.201

The title of the novel appears in the prose on pages 1, 3, 81, 101

Pages numbers refer to the hardcover edition: ISBN  9780062409201

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Super Host: a Novel


Book menu for Super Host: a Novel by Kate Russo

Food mentioned in Super Host
:
Mexican grilled corncobs, 5
Beer, 16, 24, 66-67, 169
     Brown ale, 226
Braised leaks, 34
Beetroot ravioli, 35-36, 38-39
Amaretto, 3, 124-125
Beans and hot dogs, 42
Tuna-noodle casserole, 42
Dim sum, 49
Bloody Marys, 51
Sashimi bento box, 51, 53
Époisses, 56
Coffee, 61-62, 244
Wine
    
White wine, 66, 92, 112, 199
     Syrah, 91, 95, 312
     Malbec, 102
     Bordeaux, 159
     Chardonnay, 202
     Rioja, 274-275, 277
     Chateauneuf-du-Paper, 279-280, 287-288

          "It was the Châteauneuf-du-Pape that tipped her over the edge. Sharing such a special bottle of wine with another woman, in Claire's mind, was akin to fucking her." p.287

     Chateau Margaux, 288-289, 296
     Rosé, 312
Lagavulin whiskey, 67
Granola, 81, 106, 142, 155, 162, 177, 181
Bananas, 86
Curry, 88
     Green curry with beef, 340
Apples, 89
Babybel cheese, 89-90, 198, 206
Doritos, 102, 104-106, 185
Salsa, 102
Lavender martinis, 117-118, 205, 208
Old-fahsioned, 118
Cheddar cheese and crackers, 142, 156, 334
Love Hearts candy, 177
Chicken tikka masala, 189
English white cheddar, 198, 206, 219
Mojitos, 199
Falafel, 204
Charcuterie, 205
Fried peppers, 206
Gin and tonics, 250-251
Pinot grigio, 267
Steak, 272
    
Steak tartare, 276
     Rib eye, 276-277
Pizza, 296, 303-304
     Ham and pineapple pizza, 297
Ben & Jerry's ice cream, 300
Cokes, 310
Volvic Touch of Fruit water, 329
Spring rolls, 338, 345, 353
Crab rangoon, 338
Fried rice, 340

Books/Authors mentioned in Super Host:
William Shakespeare, 17,
     A Midsummer Night's Dream, 146
     Romeo and Juilet, 149

          "'You look smart,', the girl says, eyeing Emma. 'You read this book?'
          Emma shakes her head...
          'I read
Romeo and Juliet when I was in school,', Emma says.
          'That one's dumb,' she chirps back. 'Bitch killed herself for no good reason.
         ' Try this. [
Midsummer Night's Dream].' She lifts the book. 'Willy was trippin' when he wrote this one.'" p.149

The Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien, 92
John Mortimer, 96
Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle, 120
Agatha Christie, 120
Stephen King, 121
     The Shining, 196
     Misery
, 196
Ruth Rendell, 195
Zadie Smith, 213
Charles Dickens, 267

Music mentioned in Super Host:
Roots Manuva, 4, 5-6, 8-9, 37, 103, 190, 205, 207,
     210, 215-217, 233, 285, 297, 304
Father John Misty, 5
Billy Bragg, 9
Jeff Buckley, 9
The Smiths, 43
"London Calling" / The Clash, 46
"Einstein on the Beach, Knee Play, no. 5" / Philip Glass
     137, 139, 140, 171, 173, 183, 191
David Bowie, 164
Leonard Cohen, 164
Pixies, 164
Sonic Youth, 165

TV shows mentioned in Super Host:
Sherlock Holmes, 45, 74
Match of the Day, 90
Britain's Got Talent, 189, 196, 271, 286

Magazines mentioned in Super Host:
House Beautiful

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

J'ai Perdu Mon Corps


 

Book Menu pour J'ai perdu mon corps de Guillaume Laurant
   ce titre a paru sous le titre Happy Hand en 2006


La nourriture mentionnée dans J'ai perdu mon corps:
Whisky, 18
Double cheeseburgers, 18
Carambars, 26
Pâtes de fruits artisanales moldaves ou bosniaques, 26
Café, 34, 38, 80-81, 123
Sauvignon, 37, 53
Kir, 40
Gin martinis, 55
Lait de soja, 55, 59
Jus de papaye, 55
Thé au jasmin, 68
Jus de carotte, 68
Biscuits au soja, 68
Sandwich thon mayonnaise, 73
Pastis, 104, 106
Vodka, 130
Salade de fruit, 138

Les livres et auteurs mentionnés dans J'ai perdu mon corps:
Oscar Wilde, épigraphe
L'éducation sentimentale / Gustave Flaubert, 11
Fernando Pessoa, 27, 32, 119
Cioran, 38
Le Comte de Monte Cristo / Alexandre Dumas, 80
A la recherche du temps perdu / Marcel Proust, 80
Le lys dans la vallée / Honoré de Balzac, 80

La musique mentionnée dans J'ai perdu mon corps:
Cheikha Remitti, 17
Cheb Kader, 17

Les films mentionnés J'ai perdu mon corps:
Le Parrain, 103


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