Sunday, December 10, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express




Book menu for Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Food mentioned in Murder on the Orient Express
:
Mineral water, 7, 23, 25, 33-34, 57, 72, 129
Coffee, 7-8, 25, 63, 161, 163, 169
Eggs, 8
Cream cheese, 21
Wine, 22
Orange juice, 23
Chicken, 23
Boiled fish, 23
Omelet, 63
Peppermints, 90
Cognac, 155, 161
Tea & biscuits, 161

Books/Authors mentioned in Murder on the Orient Express:
Charles Dickens, 18
Honore de Balzac, 21
William Shakespeare, 56
     As You Like It, 202


                                                         


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Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Cousin Rachel



Book menu for My Cousin Rachel
by Daphne Du Maurier

This is the second Du Maurier novel I've read. My first was Rebecca which I read a few years ago. I really enjoy her writing style and look forward to reading more of her novels and non-ficton.  Also, I now have Cornwall on my travel bucket list! My Cousin Rachel is a perfect title for mystery book groups and for any gardening and horticulture enthusiasts. What a pity the film adaptation removed the horticulture/landscape aspect from the storyline. If you've already seen the film, please feel free to use the comments section and share what you thought of it (especially compared to the book).


ISBN of edition I read: 9781402217098 (trade paperback)

Food mentioned in My Cousin Rachel:
Port, 11, 110, 137, 260
Tea, 41, 94-95, 104
Cold meat, 82, 104
Ale, 82, 279, 320
Brandy, 85, 97, 108, 110, 168, 260, 268, 322
Soup, 01
Chicken,91
Deviled kidney, 91
Bread and butter, 95
Bacon, 102
Salad, 104
Puddings, 104, 218, 229
Pies, 104-105, 202, 229
Cakes and cream, 106
Blackberries, 132
Cake, 153, 202, 221, 371
Fruit, 153
Cider, 155, 217-220, 285
Red wine, 162
Steak, 163
Sweet cakes, 175
Seed cake, 175
Ham, 202, 294, 218
Roast goose, 218
Roast turkey, 218
Pastries, 218
Wine, 221, 305, 371
Walnuts, 260
Pigeon pie, 279
Hard boiled eggs, 294
Boiled fowl and bacon, 302, 305
Cold mutton, 320
Venison, 326
Apple pie, 326
Sea bass, 349
Salmon, 340

                                                       

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wonder



Book menu for Wonder by R.J. Palacio

ISBN of edition I read: 9780375869020 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Wonder:
Ice cream, 3, 85,136, 191, 199
Bagels, 35, 100
Lollipops, 36
Cheese sandwich, 49, 100
Graham crackers, 49
Juice boxes, 49, 139-140, 178
Macaroni and cheese, 51
Apples, 167
Pizza, 95
Grapes, 101
Tortilla chips, 190
S'mores, 250, 258
Hot dogs, 258
Roasted peanuts, 260
Cotton candy, 260, 271
Grilled cheese, 276, 278
Chocolate milk, 278
White grape juice, 278
Cake, 309

Books/Authors mentioned in Wonder :
Dragon Rider
/ Cornelia Funke, 11
A Wrinkle in Time / Madeleine L'Engle, 45
Shen of The Sea / Arthur Chrisman, 45
The Hobbit / J.R.R. Tolkien, 59
The Wizard of Oz / L. Frank Baum, 68
Diary of a Wimpy Kid / Jeff Kinney, 72, 178
Harry Potter / J.K. Rowling, 74
War and Peace / Leo Tolstoy, 98, 101-102, 107
The Little Prince /  Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, 133
Hamlet / Shakespeare, 205
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / C.S. Lewis, 255
J.M. Barrie
     Peter Pan, 299
     The Little White Bird, 299
Under the Eye of the Clock / Christopher Nolan, 300

Plays mentioned in Wonder :
Oliver! / Lionel Bart, 26
Our Town / Thornton Wilder, 193, 230, 240
The Elephant Man / Bernard Pomerance, 186, 193, 240
The Wizard of Oz, 230
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 230

Movies mentioned in Wonder:
Jimmy Neutron, 40
Star Wars, 40, 74, 93, 97, 180, 212, 237, 252, 306
E.T. 92
Avatar, 93
Ghost and Mrs. Muir, 110
The Mummy, 132
Home Alone, 152
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 260
The Lord of the Rings, 266
Sound of Music, 262, 276

Music Mentioned in Wonder:
"Wonder" / Natalie Merchant, epigraph
"Space Oddity" / David Bowie, 81, 93, 272
"Beautiful" / Christina Aguilera, 118
Zydeco, 184, 187, 191
"Beautiful Things" / Andain, 235
"Beautiful Child" / The Eurythmicss, 249
"Light & Day" / Polyphonic Spree, 295
"Canon in D" / Pachelbel, 295
"Under Pressure" / David Bowie, 295

My favorite Wonder passage:
p.231: "Why is everyone getting up?" I said.

           "It's a standing ovation," said Mom, getting up.

          So I got up and clapped and clapped. I clapped until my hands hurt. For a second, I imagined how cool it would be to be Via and Justin right then, having all these people standing up and cheering for them. I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.


                                                       

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Last Flag Flying




Book menu for Last Flag Flying
by Darryl Ponicsan

Last Flag Flying is the sequel to The Last Detail. Both were adapted into feature films. 

ISBN of edition I read: 9781510727748 (hardcover)


Food mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
Jagermeister, 6
Beer, 7-8, 11-12, 15, 30, 137, 143-144, 154
     Budweiser, 94-95
Burgers, 14, 130, 213
     Cheeseburger, 97, 113, 172
Pizza, 15, 53, 94, 169, 202
Chorizo con huevos, 16
Ham in Coca-Cola sauce, 24, 52, 78
Yams, 24
Lima beans, 24
Swiss steak, 25
Coffee, 27-28, 31, 56, 61, 86-87, 113, 125, 143-144
Pie, 27
Peach cobbler, 28, 31, 33
Wild Turkey, 30, 154
Soda, 53
French toast, 55
Fried potatoes, 55
Eggs, 55
Doughnuts, 61
Coke, 67, 109, 133-134
Pancakes, 106
Chicken & rice soup, 113
Tuna salad sandwiches, 113, 158
French fries, 113, 130, 172
Chocolate malt, 113
Philly cheese steak sandwiches, 127
Onion rings, 130
Sausages, 137
Ginger ale, 154
Salad, 172
Liver & onions, 172, 175
Herbal tea, 172
Rolls, 211
Fruit, 211
Cheeses, 211

Books/Authors mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
John le Carre, 116
Michael Moore, 116
Jarhead / Anthony Swofford, 116

Music mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
"Join the Navy" / The Village People, 4
Nina Simone, 72

Television programs mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
Cops

Magazines mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
Mother Jones

Libraries mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
p.117: "The Philadelphia-bound train pulls away. They are less than an hour from Newark, where Mule hopes to call his wife and find out if anyone has called the library, which is where Mule finds his reading material. He is too poor to afford to buy books."

p.158: "In a few minutes, they see Mule making his way back to them.
          "'How's things on the home front?'" Billy asks him. He gets off his stool to give Mule another boost onto his.
          "'She's not aware of anything. I told her to call the librarian and see if anybody is snooping into my reading habits.'"
          "'It's embarrassing,'" says Billy. "'To know agents are checking up on you. How far can they go with that shit, and for what?'"


                                                            

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Last Detail




Book menu for The Last Detail by Darryl Ponicsan

(Page numbers refer to the original 1970 hardcover edition)

The Last Detail is the prequel to Last Flag Flying (now a movie)! The Last Detail also has a film adaptation starring Jack Nicholson.

Food mentioned in The Last Detail:
Coffee, 2, 14, 17, 20, 23, 55-56, 59, 101-102, 130-131, 141, 148, 153, 177
Ripple (wine), 2,6
Beer, 10, 38-40, 70, 72-73, 102, 129, 132-133, 149, 162
Kielbasa, 10
Pierogies, 10
Bleenies, 10
Cheeseburgers, 36-37, 129
French Fries, 36-37, 129
Chocolate shakes, 36-37, 147
Eggs, 59
Bacon, 59
Salami & Swiss sandwiches, 69
Corned beef, 70
Pastrami, 70
Knackwurst, 70
Stuffed cabbage, 70
Whiskey, 70
Italian sausage sandwiches, 76-77, 103
Peanuts, 77-78
Capuccino, 86, 90
Chenin Blanc, 92, 96, 98
Hot dogs, 102, 132, 134
Lobster, 104
Coke, 104
Pretzels, 132-133, 162
Champagne cocktails, 135
Boilermakers, 149, 162, 170
Jelly doughnuts, 153
Potato chips, 170
Vegetable soup, 171

Books/Authors mentioned in The Last Detail:
The Stranger / Albert Camus, 2, 5
Stephen Crane, 7
The Centaur / John Updike

Music mentioned in The Last Detail:
"Drunken Sailor", 51, 78, 85
Johnny Mathis , 88
Aretha Franklin, 92-93
Tony Bennett , 102, 105



                                                              

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