Thursday, February 10, 2011

True Grit


Book Menu for True Grit by Charles Portis

Version I read: hardcover by Simon and Schuster, no ISBN listed
   (c1968, 215 pages)

Now also a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin. The film adaptation is good but I am not sure it warrants 12 Oscar nominations.  I loved the book and think it may have been my very first Western!

Food mentioned in True Grit:
Spare Ribs, 17
Parched peanuts, 18
Fudge, 18
Hot tomales, 18
Coffee, 24, 59, 80, 86, 129, 152, 175
Cheese and crackers, 25, 36 (Hoop cheese)
Chicken and dumplings, 25
Girts and fried eggs, 28
Apple, 36, 80
Boiled Potato and Stew meat, 59
Buttermilk, 59, 165
Lemonade, 59
Honey cakes, 60 (with butters and preserves)
Taffy, 93, 117, 138
Bacon and biscuit sandwiches, 99, 102, 118, 174
Wedge of cheese, 99
Dried peaches, 99
Grits, 102
Catfish, 112
Gingerbread, 113, 118
Corn dodgers, 117, 129
Sofky, 125, 147, 152
Coca cola, 221
 Corn dodgers (sorry no pages numbers but they appear on several pages, including a scene where the characters use them for target practice!)

Music mentioned in True Grit:
Amazing Grace, 18
Beulah Land (Hymn) , 100 
Soldiers Joy, 155
Johnny in the Low Ground, 155
The Eighth of January, 155

Famous People mentioned in True Grit:
Judge Isaac Parker, 38
Grover Cleveland, 41
Jesse James, 140

Misc.:
 Age of main character: 14

Setting: Fort Smith , Arkansas (late 19th century)

Told in the 1st person point of view