Monday, July 9, 2018

Scibbling the Cat:Travels with an African Soldier



Book menu for Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller


ISBN of edition I read: 1594200165 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Scribbling the Cat:
Coke, 5
Fried mealie meal cakes, 5
Tea, 13, 20-21, 24, 28, 32-33, 48, 50, 61, 79-80, 107, 109-110
     132, 139, 178-179, 181, 186-187, 192, 201, 209, 211-213, 215,216, 240, 248
Beer, 13, 67, 77, 79, 88, 100, 102-103, 120, 141, 155, 161, 194, 203, 224
Vodka, 14, 67
     Vodka and Coke, 67
Sherry, 15-16
Bananas, 16-17, 29, 33, 43-44, 49, 98, 121
Orange juice, 19, 160
Turkey, 44
Biscuits, 53, 98, 175
Fried okra, 53
Coffee, 73, 209
Sundried tomatoes & wild mushrooms with olive oil, 73
Chicken, 96
Vegetarian samosas, 86
Peanuts, 120, 141
Potato chips, 120, 141, 155-156
Fish, 175
Sadza, 175
Cheese, 175
Eggs, 185
Fruit, 185, 209
Porridge, 197
Vegetable curry, 208
Mangoes, 227
Wine, 231-232


Books/Authors mentioned in Scribbling the Cat:
Echoing Silences / Alexander Kanengoni, 1
Rhodesians Never Die / Peter Godwin, 39


Music mentioned in Scribbling the Cat:
Wrex Tarr
     "Terrorist's Lament", 40
     "Picanin Red Riding Hood", 40

My favorite passages from Scribbling the Cat:

p.72: "It should not be physically possible to get from the banks of the Pepani River to Wyoming in less than two days, because mentally and emotionally it is impossible. The shock is too much, the contrast too raw. We should sail or swim or walk from Africa, letting bits of her drop out of us and gradually, in this way, assimilate the excesses and liberties of the States in tiny, incremental sips, maybe touring up through South America and Mexico before trying to stomach the land of the Free and the Brave."


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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight




Book Menu for Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller


ISBN of edition I read: 0375507507 (hardcover)


Food mentioned in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
:
Tea 7, 13, 15, 33, 43, 70, 79, 81, 82, 92 102, 106, 109, 125, 139
Whiskey, 12, 13
Coffee, 15, 33, 58, 182-183, 275
Boiled eggs, 15, 132, 199, 203-204, 213 182-183,275
White cornbread, 15
Coke, 18, 48-51, 62-62, 87, 96-97, 126, 159-160
Wine, 19-20. 31, 117, 213, 218
Beer, 21-22, 24, 92, 117, 183, 213, 217 221, 242,274
     278-279, 282, 284, 291, 294-295
Gin 31, 249, 295
    Gin & tonic, 293-294
Fried eggs, 33, 109
Bananas, 102, 132, 182, 21
     Fried bananas, 33
Tomatoes, 33
     Fried tomatoes, 132, 295
Toast, 33, 43, 107, 109, 132
Potato chips, 132
     Willards chips, 48, 86, 96-97
     Salt & vinegar chips, 159-160
Ham sandwiches, 49-51
Shortbread, 57
Sugar-covered peanuts, 60
Bubble gum, 61, 86
Pronutro, 61, 125-126
Brandy, 61, 92, 99, 101, 152, 172, 174, 204, 213, 284, 295
     Brandy & Coke, 189, 211
Bread, 62
Sausage rolls, 62, 132
Chocolate sponge-cake, 62-63
Marie biscuits, 64-65
Porridge, 67-68, 109, 166, 191
Biscuits, 70, 230
Butternut rocks, 86
Pineapple, 65, 90
Koeksisters, 92
Pound cake, 92
Scones, 92, 325
     with strawberry jam & clotted cream, 135
Lemonade, 117
Bacon, 132, 295
Cocoa Puffs, 132
Honey Pops, 132
Corn Flakes, 132
Muesli, 133
Fruit salad, 133
Cheese & crackers, 133
Peppermints, 139
Pink-coated peanuts, 143
Sadza, 154-165, 173
Cake, 156, 158-159
Chocolates, 169
Bran flakes, 172
Baked beans, 172, 174, 182, 203-4
Fish in tomato sauce, 172
Oranges, 198-199, 213
Irish coffees, 219
Nshima, 236, 244, 256
Mince pies, 249
Mulled wine, 249, 283
Yorkshire pudding, 267
Lemon-carrot cake, 273
Jam sandwiches, 275
Christmas cake, 279, 285
Eggnog, 282
Watermelon filled with gin, 282, 285
Christmas goose, 284-288
Lamb, 285
Potatoes, 285
Champagne, 289, 295-296
Pork chops, 291

Books/Authors mentioned in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight:
A.P. Herbert, epigraph
The Prince and the Pauper / Mark Twain, 6
Rudyard Kipling, 40
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / C.S. Lewis, 65


Music mentioned in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight:
"The Skye Boat Song", 13
"The Flower of Scotland", 14
"Yesterday" / The Beatles, 67
"Oh, My Darling, Clementine", 88
Lucille / Kenny Rogers, 93
Love Me Tender / Elvis Presley, 93
"Morning Has Broken", 141
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy / Rod Stewart, 170, 175
Roger Whittaker, 194, 196, 202, 205, 211, 243
Chopin, 202, 205, 243
"1812 Overture" / Tchaikovsky, 202, 243
Ipi-Tombi (musical), 218
Bizet, 243
     "Carmen", 252
Puccini, 243
Brahms, 243
Rachmaninoff, 243
Debussy, 243
"Cocaine" / Eric Clapton, 282
"It Came Upon on Midnight Clear", 282
Hallelujah Chorus, 282
"Jingle Bells", 282
"Give Peace a Chance" / John Lennon, 283


Libraries mentioned in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight:
p. 139: "Chancellor Junior School is an "A" school, for white children only...We have our very own extensive library and more than enough books to go around. We have more than enough very well-trained (only white) teachers to go around..."



                                                       

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Trans-Sister Radio




Book menu for Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian
ISBN of edition I read: 0609604074 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Trans-Sister Radio:
Beer, 10-11, 52
Salads, 11
Cheeses, 11
Wine 11, 64, 90, 93, 254
Strawberry pasta, 11
Couscous, 15
Diet soda, 27
Swordfish, 28
Coffee, 36, 41, 73, 103, 155, 168, 240, 261, 263, 278, 299, 333
     Iced coffee, 329
Strawberries and cream, 36
Cranberry juice, 51
Cheese and crackers, 53
Pumpkin soup, 63
Sweet potato vichyssoise, 63
Walnut beer bread, 63, 302-305
Mushroom tart, 63
Pasta with salmon, pine nuts & fennel, 63
Gin and tonics, 79
French toast, 80
Tea, 81
     Orange spice tea, 268
Pea salad, 84
Ham & cheese croissant, 129
Tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad, 129
Cranberry juice with club soda, 133
Sweet potatoes, 135
Eggnog, 136
Watercress sandwiches, 144
Pizza, 175, 198
Ravioli, 177
Daquiris, 182
Chocolates, 183-184
Apple cobbler, 185
Coleslaw, 198
Rhubarb pie, 216
Raspberry jam on English muffins, 221
Fruit shakes, 222
Egg salad sandwiches, 229
Vegetable lasagna, 239, 253
Fruit salad, 254
White chocolate mousse, 254
Curried carrots, 255
Banana muffins, 261
Champagne, 267, 297
Scones, 277
Cinnamon & vanilla Mandlebrot, 294
Hot chocolate with Amaretto, 294
Wine & club soda, 319

Books/Authors mentioned in Trans-Sister Radio:
Little Women / Louisa May Alcott, 12, 334
The Scarlet Letter / Nathaniel Hawthorne, 12, 203
Gustave Flaubert, 19
George Sand, 19, 192, 302
Jan Morris, 32, 205
Symposium / Plato, 268
The Garden of Eden/ Ernest Hemingway, 272

Music mentioned in Trans-Sister Radio:
Grand Funk Railroad, 40
Moody Blues, 40

My favorite quote from Trans-Sister Radio:
p.155: "I see no reason to court disappointment in this life. It seems to come often enough on its own."


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Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Law of Similars




Book menu for The Law of Similars
by Chris Bohjalian

ISBN of edition I read: (9780517705865: hardcover)


Food mentioned in The Law of Similars:
Juice boxes, 2, 15, 198
Macaroni & cheese, 14
Orange juice, 19
Lucky Charms cereal, 14
Kix cereal, 14
Apple slices, 15
Applesauce, 15
Pretzels, 15
Cookies, 15, 198
     Chocolate Chip, 109
     Sugar, 116
     Fruit juice sweetened, 117
     Gingerbread, 119
Spaghetti and sauce, 15
Bananas, 15, 204-205
Goldfish, 15
Coffee, 15, 19, 33, 41, 54-55, 70, 100, 155, 197
     221-222, 237, 243, 249, 258, 263, 274
Fruit, 15
     Honeydew, 16
     Pears, 108
     Melon, 127
Doughnuts, 15-16, 53-54, 59
     Bear claws, 15, 59
     Chocolate doughnuts, 52
Grape juice, 19
Herbal tea, 26, 57, 115, 128, 137
Cinnamon buns, 35
Calzone, 37, 40-41, 59
Dates, 53, 58, 108-109
Eggnog, 68, 167-169
Mars bars, 86
M&Ms candies, 86
Milky Way bars, 86
Mike & Ike candies, 86
Fireballs, 86
Tootsie Rolls, 86
Mint chocolate pie, 103
Wine 115, 118
Carob & Honey truffles, 117
Dates rolled in coconut, 117
Whole-wheat english muffins, 117
Breakfast tea, 117
Brie, 118
Ice cream, 129
Stuffed squash, 152
Sandwiches, 198
Chocolate truffles, 237, 243
Hot cider, 244, 246
Pie, 249

Books/Authors mentioned in The Law of Similars:
Honore de Balzac, 6
Marcel Proust, 6
Richard Wright, 6
Little Women / Louisa May Alcott, 28
Soul on Ice / Eldridge Cleaver, 60
Madeline / Ludwig Bemelmans, 63
Soul on Ice / Ludwig Bemelmans, 163
Arsenic & Old Lace (play) / Joseph Kesselring, 239

Music mentioned in The Law of Similars:
Edith Piaf, 6
Jim Morrison, 6, 270
Chopin, 6
"Love for Sale" / Cole Porter, 100
"Silent Night", 120

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Midwives



Book menu for Midwives by Chris Bohjalian


ISBN of edition I read: 0375706771 (trade paperback)

Food mentioned in Midwives:
Tea
     Iced tea, 9
     Herbal tea, 103, 137, 365
Chocolate milk, 22
Hamburgers, 27-28, 101, 103
Grilled cheese 27, 302
Beef jerky, 29
Cheese puffs, 29
Scotch, 148, 177, 183, 328
     Clan MacGegor scotch, 50
Waffles, 92
Coffee, 95, 106, 109, 137,140, 142, 150, 248
     Iced coffee, 370
Beer 111-112, 328
Soda, 113, 116, 271, 328
     Coke, 116
Bananas, 124
Cereal, 124
Beef Stroganoff, 138
Gazpacho, 144
Escabeche, 144
Pea & spinach soup, 144
Blueberry muffins, 144
Gingerbread cookies, 144
Chocolate tortes, 144
Baked potato, 149
Beef stew, 177
Cake, 215
Carrot salad with raisins & walnuts, 236
Fried dough, 245
Sausage heroes, 245
Cinnamon toast, 257
Hot chocolate, 257
Sandwiches, 271
Coleslaw 302,
Wine, 328

Books/Authors mentioned in Midwives:
Bible (Lamentations), epigraph
James Martineau, epigraph
The Sensuous Man / Joan Garrity, 58
The Joy of Sex / Alex Comfort, 58
Dracula / Bram Stoker, 245

Music mentioned in Midwives:
ABBA, 327
Shirelles, 327
Joni Mitchell, 327
Janis Joplin, 327

Libraries mentioned in Midwives:
p.144: "The Vermont midwives...conducted 'teach-ins' to explain home birth at public libraries in St. Johnsbury and Montpelier."

p. 271: "It was still pouring, so Tom and I ate our sandwiches in the front seat of the rusty Sunbird his older brother had finished repairing but would not be picked up by its owner until the end of the week. He had double-parked beside the Newport Library, an austere brick, almost imposing monolith across Main Street from the courthouse."

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