Monday, January 30, 2012

Drive by James Sallis


Book menu for Drive by James Sallis

ISBN of edition I read: 1590581814 (hardcover)

I really didn't like the writing in this novel.  But, it has a great plot with a non-linear story.  I look forward to seeinthe film adaptation with Ryan Gosling. There is lots of food mentioned in it for such a short book..yum!


Food mentioned in Drive by James Sallis:
Horchata, 5
Slow-cooked pork and yucca, 9, 58
Burrito with machaca, tomatoes and jalapenos, 9
Spam and mint jelly on toast, 11, 145
Corn bread, 21
Rice with shrimp and chicken, 28
Tortillas with bean dip and
     slice cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes, 28
Chips and salsa, 37-8
Pizza (throughout the book)
     Sausage and extra cheese, 39
     Pepperoni and double cheese, 141
Steak and eggs, 52
Roast beef, 52, 109
Meat loat, 52, 109
Fried chicken, 52
Chicken friend steak, 52
Modelo beer, 58
Buffet items, 67
Steak with onions, peppers, and tomatoes, 72
Black beans, 72
Coke, 98
Buchanan's scotch, 100-1, 146
Hot wings, 109
Three-layer jello salad, 109
Pudding, 109
Carrot and celery sticks, 109
Green bean casserole, 109
Peanut butter sandwich, 113
Carrot juice, 118
Earl Grey tea, 119
Chocolate croissants, 119
Burgers, 125, 132
     with fried and coleslaw, 35-6
Steaks, 125
Chips, 125
     Fritos, 125
Vienna sausages, 125
Sardines, 125
Five-flavor shrimp, 127
Egg rolls, 127
Refried beans, 139
Pork stew with tomatoes, 139
Hunter's stew with homemade sausage, 153
Stuffed cabbage, 153
Onions and beef, 153
Pierogi, 153
Beef roulades, 153
Potato pancakes, 153
Borscht, 153
Duck, 153-55
Cognac, 155
Wine (Cabernet-Merlot blend), 154-55

Books/Authors mentioned in Drive by James Sallis:
Richard Stark, 5
George Pelecanos, 5
John Shannon, 5
Gary Phillips, 5
Henry James, 6
Virginia Woolf, 7
Johnny Walker, 13
Gray's Anatomy / Henry Gray, 64
"Nothing Gold can Stay" (poem) / Robert Frost, 85
"Bright Segment" (short story) / Theodore Sturgeon, 95
Don Quixote / Cervantes, 150
Jorge Luis Borges, 150-1

Movies mentioned in Drive by James Sallis:
Road House, 4
Glass Ceiling, 48
African Queen, 54
Thunder Road, 94, 96
The Thin Man, 111

Television program mentioned in Drive by James Sallis:
The Rockford Files, 111

Music mentioned in Drive by James Sallis:
I Pagliacci (opera), 95
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" / The Rolling Stones, 104
Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson duets, 115
George Barnes, 115
Sidney Bechet, 115
Django, 115

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

India Calling


Book menu for India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking by Anand Giridharadas

ISBN of edition I read: 9780805091779 (hardcover)

This is very well-written book by the son of Indian parents who emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. The author was born and raised in America but moved to India for a few years after college. His book describes the time spent in his parents native land and how India has changed and not changed in the last thirty years.


Food mentioned in India Calling:
Baingan kabharta, 3
Rajma chawal, 3
Mutter paneer, 3
Penne with tomato sauce, 3
Kit Kat bars, 4
Aloo parathas, 4, 216, 232, 234
Johnnie Walker Back, 5
Stilton cheese, 5
Omelets, 8, 38
Bhel puri, 12
Cheesecake, 20
Samosas, 27
Pakodas, 27, 62
Vadas, 27
Chai, 27, 202
Rotis, 36, 52, 132
Jalebis, 62
Tea sandwiches, 78
Domino's pizza, 84
Gin and tonics, 90
Chaat, 95
Ice cream, 97
Dosas, 98
Mangos, 107
Lentil soup, 175
Fried capsicum, 175
Pani puri, 188
Croissants, 202
Chapatis, 202
Nimbu panni, 227
Chicken and mutton with sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, 228
Popsicles, 229

Books mentioned in India Calling:
Superstar India / Shobhaa De, 14
Enid Blyton, 16
Jane Austen, 16
W. Somerset Maugham, 16
The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald, 21
How to Win Friends and Influence People / Dale Carnegie, 59
Kabir (poet), 72
Rabindranath Tagore, 73, 250
Thomas Babington Macaulay, 77
Langston Hughes, 82
"Is There an Indian Way of Thinking?" (article) / A.K. Ramanujan, 113
Immanuel Kant, 113
Jawaharlal Nehru, 115, 123, 137
William Dalrymple, 13
The Development Dictionary / Wolfgang Sachs, 142
Thomas Friedman, 150

Movies mentioned in India Calling:
Jab We Met, 84
Right Yaaa Wrong, 84
U Me Aur Hum, 84
Brahmachari, 120
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, 173

Music mentioned in India Calling:
Miles Davis, 16-17
Ravi Shankar, 84

Television mentioned in India Calling :
The Great Indian, ?
Laughter Challenge, 49
He-Man, 54
Spider-man, 54
Batman, 54
Mahabharata, 54
Indian Idol, 127
Friends, 170
Seinfeld, 170
Sex and the City, 170

Libraries mentioned in India Calling:
page 4: "It was the sensible frugality of getting books from the library rather than the bookstore..."

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo





Book menu for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

ISBN of edition I read: 9780307454546 (trade paperback)

Food mentioned in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:
Cafe latte, 16, 298, 482
Aquavit, 21, 180, 276, 351, 580
Reimersholms brandy, 23
Coffee, 39, 45, 50, 57, 73, 75, 79, 106, 115, 210
Fruitcake, 73
Christmas ham, 75
Christmas cake, 75
Pastries, 80
Roast hare with currant jelly and potatoes, 111
Red wine, 111, 200
Sponge cake, 142-3
Moose steak, 185
Lamb  cutlets with potatoes in cream sauce, 200
Cognac, 208
Sandwiches
     Cheese sandwiches with pickles, 227
     Cheese, caviar and egg on rye, 271
     Roast beef or turkey or avocado on bagels, 328, 330
     Pickled herring in mustard sauce and egg sandwich, 351
     Cheese, liver sausage and pickles on rye, 461
     Liver pate and cucumber sandwich, 580
Kefir, 253
Apples, 253
Fried sausage with potatoes and beets, 254
Aberlour scotch, 268
Bacon pancakes with lingonberries, 277
Toast with cheese and marmalade, 284
Venison stew, 287
Lamb chops sauteed in red wine, 374
Coffee cake, 550
Glogg, 580

Books/Authors mentioned in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:
Astrid Lindren, 13
     The Children of Noisy Village, 291
     Kalle Blomkvist and Rasmus, 291
     Pippi Longstocking, 291
Dorothy Sayers, 95
Carina Rydberg, 140
Hopalong Cassidy novels, 140
Elizabeth George, 142
Sue Grafton, 254
The Laser Man / Gellert Tamas, 255
Famous Five novels / Enid Blyton, 291
The Metro Mystery / Sivar Ahlrud, 291
Lennart Hyland, 348
The Mermaids Singing  / Val McDermid, 351, 353, 363
Sara Paretsky, 396
Ake Edwardson, 582

Movies mentioned in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo:
The Lord of the Rings, 210
Gone with the Wind , 436

Music mentioned in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:
Tommy Dorsey, 185
John Coltrane, 185
"A Night in Tunisia", 186
Best of the Eurhythmics
     "Sweet Dreams", 315
Elvis Presley, 538, 583

Magazines mentioned in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:
Arena, 51
Ordfront, 51, 265
Rekord-magasinet, 140, 199, 291
Modern Times, 207
Tidsfordriv, 291
Lektyr, 291
Bildjournalen, 291
Se, 291
Mitt Livs Novell, 291-2
Soldier of Fortune, 556

Libraries mentioned in The Girl in the Dragon Tattoo:
pages 142, 210, 245, 356

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Monday, January 23, 2012

True at First Light


Book menu for True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway

ISBN of edition I read:  0684849216 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in True at First Light:
Campari and gin, 28
Chocolate, 31
Coke, 33
Tea, 43, 65
Friend egg sandwich, 68
Fruit, 68
Breakfast, 72
Apricots, 72
Hard candies, 124
Brioche, 147
Cider, 162, 172
Papaya, 294

Books/authors mentioned in True at First Light:
War and Peace / Leo Tolstoy, 10
Ralph Ellison, 10
     Invisible Man, 11
The Prince / Niccolo Machiavelli
James Thurber, 93
Robinson Crusoe / Daniel Defoe, 94
D.H. Lawrence, 95
     Sons and Lovers, 96
Stendhall, 96
Henry James, 133
Burmese Days /George Orwell, 139
Too Late the Phalarope / Alan Paton, 146
Marcel Proust, 149
Gerald Hanley, 162
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 171
George Sand, 189
Dante, 189
William Shakespeare, 204
Wuthering Heights / Emily Bronte, 286

Magazines mentioned in True at First Light:
 New Yorker, 31
Readers Digest, 160

Movies mentioned in True at First Light:
The Old Man and the Sea, 10

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Elegant Gathering of White Snows


Book menu for The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish

ISBN of edition I read: 0553382411 (paperback)

Food mentioned in The Elegant Gathering of White Snows:
Red Jello, 6
Tuna salad, 6
Chips and salsa, 6
Potato chips,7
Pickled eggs, 14
Eggs and bacon, 15
Apples, 36
Granola bars, 36
Frozen burritos, 46
Veggie pizza, 46
Turkey, potatoes, broccoli, cherry pie, 46
Christmas cookies 65
Coffee, 76
Chocolate-covered doughnuts, 76
Banana bread,
Vodka gimlets, 125
Potato salad, 141
Carrot sticks, 141
Wine, 141
Oolong Tea, 175
Frozen pizzas, 183, 192
Lemonade, 217
Brownies, 217
Ham Sandwiches, 218
Celery and carrot sticks, 218
Blue cheese stuffed olives, 224
Brandy Alexanders, 224
Thin spicy pizza, 224
Doughnuts, 230, 311
Pizza 234, 257
Hot chocolate, 257
S'mores, 263
Bananas, 311

Books mentioned in The Elegant Gathering of White Snows:
 Nancy Drew series,  122
The Female Orgasm / Seymour Fisher, 198

Music mentioned in The Elegant Gathering of White Snows:
Nanci Griffith, vi
Laura Nyro, vi
Metallica, 148

Libraries mentioned in The Elegant Gathering of White Snows:
Page 122: For Christmas that year, I hoped and prayed for a set of my own Nancy Drew books instead of having to borrow them from the library.

Page 278: So the women sat on the bench out near the university library, and Carolyn told Cynthia about the walkers in Wisconsin. Carolyn had a feeling that Cynthia could well understand a woman or  a man in search of something miraculous and wonderful, and she was right.

Page 280: In the months that the two women had spent talking in the cafeteria, empty classrooms or on the steps of the library, both of them had inched closer and closer to each other. 

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Slaves of the Mastery


Book menu for Slaves of the Mastery by William Nicholson

ISBN of edition I read  0786805706 (hardcover)

This is the second book in the Wind of Fire trilogy.

Food mentioned in Slaves of the Mastery:
Pastries, 48
Honey, 63
Hot buttered pancakes, 72
Pie, 82
Berries, seeds, nuts, 127
Tea, 151
Lard cakes, 151
Sweet cakes, 247
Wine, 247

Music mentioned in Slaves of the Mastery:
virtuoso violin, 214
fiddles and pipes, 246

Great vocabulary mentioned in Slaves of the Mastery:
chasseurs, 2
lithe, 8
augur, 70
lissom, 77, 251
implacable, 116
sinuous, 122
protuberance, 126
goaded, 156
retinue, 256
jangle, 296

Discussion questions for Slaves of the Mastery:
Each member of the Hath family and other main characters seem to have their own way of coping. What are they?

The "Intervals" are written in the present tense.  The rest of the chapters are in the past tense.  Is this an intentional technique by the author?  Why? Successful?

Could the author have been thinking of the plight of the Jews when writing about "the homeland"?

Libraries mentioned in Slaves of the Mastery:
pages 157, 166

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Double Bind: A Novel


Book menu for The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

ISBN of edition I read:  9781400047468 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in The Double Bind :
Lemonade, 21
Ben and Jerry's ice cream, 39
Coffee, 43, 95, 256
Hot chocolate, 43, 120, 122
Apples and pears, 50
Bagels and blueberry cream cheese, 50
Orange Juice, 50
Tea, 50, 97
Ice cream, 69, 169
Macintosh apples, 83
Candy apple, 84
Pizza, 85
Waffles, 85
Chocolate chip muffin, 122
Yogurt, 128
Mexican breakfast pie, 145
French toast, 146
Jelly doughnuts, 146
Yoo-Hoos, 154
Curried egg salad, 169
Cole Slaw, 170
Grilled cheese, 170
Bottled water, 202
Muffin 202
Juice, 204, 226
Scone, 204
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, 64, 217, 303
Wine, 226
Popcorn, 235
Junior Mints, 235, 239, 240, 242
Sweet Tarts, 243
Red Bull, 352

Books/authors mentioned in The Double Bind:
A Long Way Down / Nick Hornby, epigraph
The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald, 11-12, 34, 341
Robert Frost, 229, 289
Barbara Park, 32
Beverly Cleary, 32
The Scarlet Pimpernel / Baroness Orczy, 35
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 81
The Wizard of Oz / Frank L. Baum, 87

Music mentioned in The Double Bind:
Eartha Kitt, 228, 230
Chuck Berry, 229, 289
Bob Dylan, 25, 136, 230
Joan Baez, 25
Muddy Waters 57, 71, 136, 273
Duke Ellington, 112
Billie Holiday, 112
Artie Shaw, 112
Musical Knights, 112
Horace Heidt, 112

Magazines mentioned in The Double Bind: A Novel:
Life, 91
CosmoGirl, 161
Highlight, 161
The Atlantic, 211
Looks, 149
Backbeat, 273

Plays mentioned in The Double Bind: A Novel:
The King and I, 34
Hairspray, 34
42nd Street, 80
The Miracle Worker, 165

Libraries mentioned in The Double Bind: A Novel:
pages: 133, 148, 174, 201, 202, 283

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My Week with Marilyn


Book menu for My Week with Marilyn by Colin Clark

ISBN of edition I read: 9781602861497 (paperback)

Food mentioned in My Week with Marilyn:
Coke, 38-9
Chicken salad, 39, 42, 44
Cornflakes, 48
Scones, 59
Egg and cress sandwiches, 59
Coffee, 59
Matzo-ball soup, 106

Books mentioned in My Week with Marilyn:
The Sleeping Prince (play) / Terence Rattigan, 2
Bus Stop (play) / William Inge, 2, 7
Arthur Miller (throughout)
The Prince, The Showgirl and Me / Colin Clark, 3, 110
Romeo and Juliet / William Shakespeare, 79
Brothers Karamazov / Fyodor Dostoevsky, 83

Movies mentioned in My Week with Marilyn:
The Prince and the Showgirl, 1, 2, 29, 69 71, 88
Bust Stop, 2, 70
The Red Shoes, 30
The African Queen, 30
The Battle of the Plate, 58
Peter Pan, 63
Gone with the Wind, 94

Artists mentioned in My Week with Marilyn:
Hans Holbein, 55, 68
Leonardo Da Vinci, 56
     "The Mona Lisa", 56

Libraries mentioned in My Week with Marilyn:
pages 54, 55, 65

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Mighty Heart


Book menu for A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband, Danny Pearl by Mariane Pearl

ISBN of edition I read: 9781416551249 (paperback)

Food mentioned in A Mighty Heart:
Coffee, 4, 47, 195
Biscuits, 4
Picadillo, 17, 22
Chicken biryani, 18, 65, 94, 136
Pork and manioc, 38
Arroz con pollo, 38
Blood oranges, 40
Chocolates, 43
Fried chicken, 75
Tarte a l'oignon, 85
Quiche Lorraine, 85
Tarte Tatin, 85
Tarte aux poires, 85
Meringues, 85
Chai, 94
Chamomile tea, 130
Screwdriver, 138
Bloody Mary, 138
Brownies, 172
Cucumber soup with mint, 178
Lemon and cardamom pie, 178
Honey roasted almonds, 207
Bread and cheese, 209
Tarte aux pommes, 209
Fruit Juice, 216
Petit Fours, 216
Mangoes, 218
Pumpkin soup, 220

Books/Authors mentioned in A Mighty Heart:
The Kama Sutra, 7
Shah of Shahs / Ryszard Kapuscinski, 39
A Clockwork Orange / Anthony Burgess, 69
Dune / Frank Herbert, 94
What to Expect When You're Expecting / Arlene Eisenberg, 94
The Muslim Marriage Guide / Ruqaiyyah Warris Maqsood, 117
Victor Hugo, 136
Nelson Mandela's autobiography, 152
The Little Prince / Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 170
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner / Alan Sillitoe, 186
Alphonse de Lamartine (French poet), 205
Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love / Asra Nomani, 228

Music mentioned in A Mighty Heart:
Bruce Springsteen's Live album, 22
"Beat It" / Michael Jackson, 48
"The Harder They Come", 54
"What a Wonderful World", 54
"Love Minus Zero", 54
Led Zeppelin, 54
Cat Stevens, 119
"Sex Machine" / James Brown, 138
"Swan Lake" / Tschaikovsky, 139
"Symphony No. 4 / Bizet's "Farandole" from L'Arlesienne, 139
"Hoedown" / Copeland (Rodeo), 139

Movies mentioned in A Mighty Heart:
 A Clockwork Orange, 69
Over the Top (Sylvester Stallone), 168

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Remarkable Creatures


Book menu for Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

ISBN of edition I read: 9781410422880 (large print)

Food mentioned in Remarkable Creatures:
Fruitcake, 41, 46
Smoked fish, 57
Toast, 57
Pie, 87
Rock Cakes, 120
Cheese, 120
Pork Pie, 120
Pineapple, 127
Langue de chat (biscuit), 161, 162
Dough cake, 174
Rose hip jelly, 340

Naturalists mentioned in Remarkable Creatures:
James Hutton
George Cuvier
Jean-Batiste Lamarck
Captain Cook

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Wind Singer


 
Book menu for The Wind Singer by William Nicholson

ISBN of edition I read: 0786814179 (paperback)

This the first book in the Wind on Fire trilogy.  

Food mentioned in The Wind Singer:
Toast, 6
Chocolate buttons, 99
Lemonade, 123-4, 313
Corn cakes, 207
Corn bread, 248
Cheese, 248
Milk, 248
Rice pudding, 316
Tea, 323
Oat biscuits, 323
Bread, 456
Fruit, 456

Great vocabulary in The Wind Singer:
serried, 22
furtively, 23
tethered, 75
tussle, 81
chortle, 97
placatingly, 50
careering, 236
undulations, 236
gesticulating, 244
juddering, 244
panache, 252
parrying, 284
haloed, 300
lumbered, 305
augured, 317
jaunty, 394
fusillade, 422
insuperable, 448
bedraggled, 475

Discussable quotes in The Wind Singer:
"What was there in the world beyond that anybody could possibly want?...Every citizen of Aramanth knew how fortunate they were to live in this rare haven of peace, plenty, and equal opportunity for all.", 34

"Indistinctly, he was sensing that the world he knew so well, the only world he had ever known until now, was a sort of prison, and that its people, his people, were trapped within its high walls.", 182

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Firesong by William Nicholson


 
Book menu for Firesong by William Nicholson

ISBN of edition I read: 0786818018 (trade paperback)

This is the third book in The Wind On Fire Trilogy.

Food mentioned in Firesong by William Nicholson:
Nuts, 18
Berries, 18
     Blackberries, 161
Bread, 56, 265
Milk, 56, 265
Melon, 177
Coconuts, 178
Corn cakes, 210
Custard, 311
Chocolate buttons, 383
Honey cakes, 399

Great vocabulary mentioned in Firesong by William Nicholson:
determinedly, 15
mottled, 41
riven, 73
loped, 78, 100
gait, 91
tenacity, 91
chasm, 100
singly, 107
surreptitious, 111
copiously, 126
intolerable, 164
voluminous, 173
consternation, 215
undulated, 219
glinting, 219
careering, 223
cloisters, 231
ambit, 247
eddying, 247
apoplectic, 249
impenetrable, 271
tirade, 315
ostentatiously, 321
astraddle, 323
mottled, 325
confluence, 328
vertiginous, 349
abate, 353
reverence, 359
lithe, 363
miasma, 392

Discussion questions for Firesong by William Nicholson:
What is Albard's attitude towards Bowman?
What is Sis's opinion of the Manth people?
How does Kes feel about herself?

Libraries mentioned in Firesong by William Nicholson:
page 44: He heard a chatter of thought-voices saying, what an absurdity you are! Go back to your library, librarian! Nobody pays you any attention.

page 187: Branco began to feel that he should have taken on this role earlier. After all, in the old days, in Aramanth, he had been a magistrate, whereas Hanno had only been a librarian.

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