Tuesday, April 2, 2019

After Alice




Book menu for After Alice by Gregory Maguire


Food mentioned in After Alice:
Marmalade, 7,9, 19, 22, 28-30, 37, 89, 131, 153, 210, 268, 301, 319
Tea, 8, 112, 285
Sherry, 18
Jam pastries, 75
Cake, 103, 105, 115
    Madeira cake, 116
    Damson gateau, 116
Rhubarb syllabub, 106
Brioches, 113
Tarts 115, 128
Stollen, 117
Crumpets, 165
Mock turtle soup, 208
Bread and cheese, 210
Lemonade, 231
Lemon drops, 238
Cornish pasty, 262
Scones, 287


Books/Authors mentioned in After Alice:
" Thyrsis" (poem) / Matthew Arnold, 11
Bleak House / Charles Dickens, 16
Inferno / Dante, 18, 40
William Shakespeare, 151
     A Midsummer Night's Dream, 20, 31, 47, 306
Geoffrey Chaucer, 35
Alfred Tennyson, 50
Karl Marx, 55
Household Tales / Brothers Grimm, 59
/ C.S. Lewis, 205
The Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien, 205
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 282
The Chronicles of Narnia


Music mentioned in After Alice:
"La Cathedrale Engloutie" / Debussy, 4
"Rock of Ages" (hymn), 137

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Border (short story)




Book menu for "Border" by John Ajvide Lindqvist



ISBN of edition I read: 9780312620530 (hardcover story collection: Let the Old Dreams Die)

Food mentioned in "Border":
Wine, 5
     White wine, 38
Coffee, 11-13
Ice cream, 12
Mushrooms, 36
Strawberry juice, 53


Books mentioned in "Border":
Henning Mankell, 1, 15
Isaac Asimov, 2
Ray Bradbury, 2
Arthur C. Clarke, 2
Five Go to Billycock Hill / Enid Blyton, 8
Ake Edwardson, 15
     Sail of Stone, 16
     Death Angels, 16
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson, 16
The Brother Karamazov / Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 32
Comet in Moominland / Tove Jansson, 37


Movies mentioned in "Border":
The Phantom Carriage, 24
Sir Arne's Treasure, 24, 26


Music mentioned in "Border":
Chopin's piano sonatas, 44
 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Next Queen of Heaven




Book menu for The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire

ISBN of edition I read: 9780061997792 (paperback)

Food mentioned in The Next Queen of Heaven:
Coffee, 12-13, 37, 39, 121, 124, 172, 203, 241, 270
Whiskey sours, 18
Croissants, 34
Brioche, 35
Power Bars. 35
Burgers, 37, 39, 122
Fries, 39
Chocolate-covered cherries, 48
Jell-O, 54
Spaghetti-Os, 56, 60
Green beans, 60
Chow mein noodles, 60
Beer, 76, 121-122, 264, 267
Tea, 78, 149, 198, 200, 203, 217
Toast, 78
Cookies, 85, 217
     Freihofer's, 299
Pears, 92
Cinnamon Cheerios, 94, 96
Celery soup, 95
Tater tots with American cheese, 100
Eclairs, 105-106
Jack Daniels, 109
Tuna Salad, 121, 171
Ice cream, 121, 206
Doughnuts, 124, 311
Genessee Cream Ale, 140
Pound cake, 149, 151
Curried mango dip, 176
Turkey, 186
Eggnog, 186
Shortbread, 198
Diet Coke, 203
Beans, 227
Milkshakes, 240
Pizza, 246, 249
Pancakes, 270
Fluffernutter, 282
Oyster crackers, 285
Bourbon, 301
Cucumber sandwiches, 333

Books/Authors mentioned in The Next Queen of Heaven:
Stephen King, 29
Salman Rushdie, 30
Our Town (play) / Thornton Wilder, 44
Dr. Seuss, 109, 195
     Hop on Pop, 108
John Keats, 120
William Blake, 120
Emily Dickinson, 120
W.B. Yeats, 127
The Nun in the World / Leon Suenens, 152
The Hardy Boys / Franklin Dixon, 163
Nancy Drew Diaries / Carolyn Keene, 163
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain, 163
William Shakespeare, 191, 238
     Hamlet163
Moby Dick / Herman Melville, 163
The Last Battle / C.S. Lewis, 165
Curious George / Margaret Rey, 256
Frank McCourt, 272
The Wind in the Willows / Kenneth Grahame, 287
Charlotte's Web / E.B. White, 287

Music mentioned in The Next Queen of Heaven:
Kurt Kobain, 20
Aerosmith, 20
"Believe" / Cher, 36
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" / Dusty Springfield, 44
"I Want it That Way" / Backstreet Boys, 45
Celine Dion, 194
     "I'm Your Angel", 46
"Angel of Mine" / Monica, 46
"Angel" / Sarah McLachlan, 46
South Pacific soundtrack, 48
Steven Sondheim, 64, 73
     "Send in the Clowns" / 64
Clancy Brothers, 64
The Carpenters, 64
Brian Eno, 88-89
Crosby, Stills and Nash, 88
Beach Boys, 89
"Pange Lingua", 96
"Freedom" / George Michael, 118
Whitney Houston, 194
     "I Will Always Love You", 119
"Personal Jesus" / Depeche MOde, 122, 126
"Five Mystical Songs" / R. Vaughan Williams, 127
"Burn the Priest" / Lamb of God, 190
Billy Joel, 194
Paul McCartney, 194
Barbara Streisand, 194
Sinead O'Connor, 223
Village People, 235
Neil Sedaka, 299
"O Holy Night", 308
"The First Noel", 322
"New York" / Frank Sinatra, 346

Movies mentioned in The Next Queen of Heaven:
Cabaret, 96
The Sound of Music, 96
Young Frankenstein, 198
Silence of the Lambs, 294

Television programs mentioned in The Next Queen of Heaven:
Baywatch, 280
Star Trek, 224, 281
One Life to Live, 281
Gilligan's Island, 283
Wheel of Fortune, 333

Operas mentioned in The Next Queen of Heaven:
The Pirates of Penzance, 248
Mikado, 248

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Seven Spiders Spinning




Menu for Seven Spiders Spinning by Gregory Maguire

Food mentioned in Seven Spiders Spinning
:
Baloney, 11-12, 22
     Baloney sandwich with Dijon mustard, 18
Cheese pizza, 24
Carrot sticks, 24
Beet soup, 26
Yogurt, 40
Apple juice, 40
Chocolate coconut doughnuts, 40
Bagels and lox, 40
Dill pickles, 40
Cream soda, 40
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, 40
Egg salad sandwiches, 40-42
Jell-O, 47
Tea, 72
Banana cream doughnuts, 72
Apples, 79, 85-86
Cookies, 79
Apple cider, 80
Cottage cheese, 81
Celery sticks, 81
Raspberry mousse doughnuts, 81
Jelly doughnuts, 91, 111


Books/Authors mentioned in Seven Spiders Spinning:
Matilda / Roald Dahl, 24, 27
Louis L'Amour, 57
Charlotte's Web / E.B. White, 66, 128

Magazines mentioned in Seven Spiders Spinning:
The Science Times, 6, 18
People, 44

Movies mentioned in Seven Spiders Spinning:
Arachnophobia, 11
Wizard of Oz, 80-81

Music mentioned in Seven Spiders Spinning:
"There's no Business Like Show Business", 8
The Nutcracker Suite, 26

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Deception

 

Book menu for Deception by Selena Montgomery

 ISBN of edition I read: 9780061376054  (mass market paperback)

Food mentioned in Deception:
Champagne, 14
Tea, 77, 98, 100
Cookies, 77
Brandy, 112, 308
Lemonade, 134, 219
Meatloaf, 145
Wine, 162, 168
     Beaujolais, 158
Steaks, 158, 164, 180
Waffles, 178, 184-185
     Blueberry, 179
Scrambled eggs, 179
Bacon, 179
Krispy Kreme doughnuts, 184-185
Coffee, 186, 188, 285
Mississippi mud pie, 206
Orange floats, 206
Mint juleps, 219
Pecan sandies, 220
Spaghetti, 203
Fried chicken, 243, 285
Okra, 243
Linguine with clam sauce, 243
Diet Coke, 259
Paninis, 260
Sausage, 287
Rootbeer, 299
Hot dogs, 302
Whiskey, 321


Books mentioned in Deception:
Arthur Conan Doyle, 162
Ian Fleming, 162
Agatha Christie, 162
In Cold Blood / Truman Capote, 205

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Dumplin'




Book menu for Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

ISBN of edition I read: 9780062327185  (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Dumplin':
Sweat tea, 1, 163, 279
Hot dogs, 11, 13
Grilled chicken salad, 12
Burgers, 13, 41, 50
Wine, 14
     Wine coolers, 292
Ambrosia, 15
Pretzels, 15
Soda, 15, 38
Candied pecans, 16
Grapes, 16
Carrots, 19
Snow cones, 27
Fries, 38, 50
Dr. Pepper, 50
     Diet Dr. Pepper, 307
Hot chocolate, 63
Salt water taffy, 76
Chips, 80, 110, 112
Chili, 106, 148, 151, 219, 222
     White bean chili, 151
Wonton strips, 119
Egg drop soup, 121
Tuna salad, 138
Fried chicken, 153
Peach tea, 168
Tacos, 180-181
Salami sandwiches, 180
Chicken spaghetti casserole, 180
Chicken-fried steak, 217
Green Jell-o, 217
Popcorn, 230
Apple, 243
Coffee, 271, 324
Miller Light, 306
Protein bars, 313
Sancocho, 323
Champagne, 350-352
Sparkling cider, 355-356, 370-371

Books/Authors mentioned in Dumplin':
Frankenstein / Mary Shelley, 18
Where the Red Fern Grows / Wilson Rawls, 204
The Baby Sitters Club / Ann Marten, 300

Movies mentioned in Dumplin':
The Little Mermaid, 117
Groundhog Day, 282

Magazines mentioned in Dumplin':
Popular Mechanics, 101

Music mentioned in Dumplin':
Dolly Parton, epigraph, 1,8, 26, 110, 113, 118-119, 122, 137,
206-207, 210, 245, 276, 278, 314, 322-324, 361
     "Dumb Blonde", 1, 197
     "Why'd You Can in Here Lookin' Like That", 4
     "Creepin' In", 47
     "Higher and Higher", 210
     "Islands in the Stream", 211
     "Jolene", 211-212, 250, 363
     "Me and Little Andy", 323
Olivia Newton-John, 113
Beyonce, 141"Send in the Clowns" / Stephen Sondheim, 263
"Somewhere over the Rainbow" / Yip Harburg, 263


Musicals mentioned in Dumplin':
Les Miserables, 259
Chicago, 259

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Out of Oz

 

Book menu for Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

ISBN of edition I read: 978006054897  (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Out of Oz:
Kaiser rolls, 2
Frankfurters, 3
Oranges, 3
Fried fish, 4
Tea, 6, 64-66, 75, 139, 262, 359, 384
     Mint tea, 431
Fortune cookies, 6
Brandy, 18, 47, 62, 91, 165
Sherry, 20, 96
Ale, 25
Cheese, 41-42, 348
Port, 42, 243, 424
Apples, 44-45, 365, 377
Ham, 46, 243
     Ham sandwiches, 272
Coddled eggs, 46
Biscuits, 49-50, 348
Hard boiled eggs, 71, 550
Cranberry fool, 83, 89
Wine, 87-88, 243
Bread & cheese, 91
Omelets, 130
Muffins, 130
Crumpets, 139
Doughnuts, 155
Coffee, 193, 265
Onion bread, 243
Caramel cake, 243, 245
Beer, 263
Whiskey, 284-285
Coffee bread, 300
Walnuts, 327
Oatmeal, 352
Mince pie, 365
Carrots, 365
Beet & ham pasty, 370
Scones, 372, 428
     Ginger scones, 348
Marzipan pig, 375
Lemonade, 416
Pasties, 506
Chestnuts, 506
Onion tarts, 506
Apricots, 506
Chocolates, 546

Books/Authors mentioned in Out of Oz:
John Howard Payne, 7
Sir Edward Dyer, 7

Music mentioned in Out of Oz:
"La Belle Dame sans Merci", 482


Libraries mentioned in Out of Oz:
p.50: "Into the lending library, Murthy," said Glinda.  "Quickly now. Move your arthritic hips or I'll run you down."
          The librarian was a retired Munchkin on a stool. She recognized him though she didn't know his name. "I'm looking to borrow a book that can teach one the essentials of preparing a meal," she said. "For dining, I mean. For human dining."
          "Books en't going to teach that, Lady Glinda," he said. "Mothers teach that. Closest I can help you with is a volume on animal husbandry, which has an illustrated index on slaughtering your own livestock."

p.109: The Lion backed up as the dwarf turned a red no beet would ever manage. "I sent you to collect a library book, and you come back with a child?"

Some of my favorite Out of Oz passages:
p. 145: "I may not know how to fly but I know how to read, and that's almost the same thing." (Grayce Graeling to Rain)

p.534: "People need something to be missing. They need to crave something they don't have."

p.536: ...to grieve. Is that, in the end--that capacity to hurt--the most essential ingredient for a ruler?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A Lion Among Men




Book menu for A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire

ISBN of edition I read: 9780060548926  (hardcover)

Food mentioned in A Lion Among Men:
Risotto, xv
Wine, 3, 154
Chocolate, 4
Cognac, 4
Olives, 7, 254, 256
Apples, 11
Cocoa, 18
Sherry, 32, 78, 174
Strawberries, 40
Fruit pies, 44
Blueberries, 55
Vermouth, 71
Butter rolls, 88
Gin, 96
Potato stew, 98
Coffee, 125
Chicken stew, 159
Saffron cream, 169
Oatmeal fritters, 190
Tea, 253
Crumpets, 253
Ham sandwiches, 254
Garlic muffins, 261


Books/Authors mentioned in A Lion Among Men:
Goethe, epigraph
"I Consider My Luck" (from the anthology Brothers and Beasts) / Eric Kraft
     epigraph


One of my favorite passages from A Lion Among Men:

page 291: [Brrr] didn't remember that a mere book might reek of sex, possibility, fecundity. Yet a book has a ripe furrow and a yielding spine, he thought, and the nuances to be teased from its pages are nearly infinite in their variety and coquettish appeal. And what new life can emerge from a book. Any book, maybe."

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Son of a Witch




Book menu for Son of Witch
by Gregory Maguire

ISBN of edition I read: 0060548932 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Son of a Witch:
Brandy, 7
Tea, 15
Asparagus cream soup, 34
Gingerbread, 37, 118, 141
Sherry, 70, 188
Beer, 79, 108
Crumpets, 103
Butter roll, 103
Coffee, 138, 144
Coddled eggs, 144
Pudding, 163
Lobster bisque, 163
Wine, 168, 208
Whiskey, 178
Meat pasty, 186
Ham sandwiches, 188
Cocoa, 194
Nuts, 206, 291
     Walnuts, 296
Apples, 206
Cider, 211
Tea, 236, 266
Sausage and beans, 272
Blood sausage, 277
Mutton, 277
Salami, 277


Some of my favorite Son of a Witch passages:

p. 128: "We are a fountain of shimmering contradictions, most of us. Beautiful in the concept, if we're lucky, but frequently tedious or regrettable as we flesh ourselves out."

p. 130: "In their generous apprehension of the world, for their insatiable appetite for the world, the young are to be forgiven."

p. 131: "[Liir] circled the Emerald City, afriad if he landed he would return to being slightly dead. How could anyone live without flying?"


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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Crazy Rich Asians

 
Book menu for Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

ISBN of edition I read: 9780525563761 (paperback)

Food mentioned in Crazy Rich Asians:
Soda, 7
     Coke, 8,11
     Diet Coke, 38, 124
     Orange Fanta, 390
Toast, 7
Club sandwiches, 10
Champagne, 10, 372, 374, 425, 454
     Cristal, 245
     Veuve Clicquot, 500
Caviar, 10
Rum and Coke, 11
Tea, 15, 198
     Lychee tea, 199-200
     Verveine tea, 277
     Ice tea, 477 506
Scones with jam and clotted cream, 16
Finger sandwiches, 16, 334-335
Toffee pudding, 18
Braised quail and abalone over noodles, 24

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Wife




Book menu for The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

ISBN of edition I read: 0684869403 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in The Wife:
Nuts, 9, 11
Cookies. 8-11, 23
     Tollhouse cookies, 10
Cheese, 11
Whisky, 11 50
Wine, 11, 82, 92, 115, 139, 162, 168
Brisket, 12, 14
Sponge cake, 13
Chocolates, 14
Prawns in black bean sauce, 15
Hostess Sno-Balls, 17, 145, 178, 201
Tapioca pudding, 18
Sourballs, 18
Liver, 18
Ebinger's Blackout Cake, 19
Sherbert, 20
Oranges 21
Panckes, 21
Coffee, 22, 95, 200
Corn chips, 23
Scotch, 26
Cornish game hens, 29
Figs, 35
Steak, 40, 136, 214
Crullers, 41
Walnuts, 42-43 49, 58-59, 63, 69-70, 96, 106 110, 155
Shepherd's pie, 45
Hard candies, 49
Bundt cakes, 64
Yorkshire pudding, 71
Roast beef, 71
Lamb chops, 75
Champagne 82
Poached salmon, 82
Guava nectar, 82
Fried egg sandwiches, 89
Caramels, 90
Bourbon, 90
Fruit & cheese 95
Spaghetti al burro 98
Vodka, 101, 139
     Vodka tonics, 149
Coke, 106
Egg foo yung, 111
Peaches, 117
Hamburgers, 130
Martinis, 136-137
Twice-baked potatoes, 136
Karelian pasties, 139
Iced tea, 142
Kasha Knish, 143
Pretzel sticks, 156
Potato pancakes, 161, 163
Beer, 162
Bloody Marys, 171
Bread pudding, 175
Foie gras, 187
Chestnut cake, 197
Scotch, 214

Books/Authors mentioned in The Wife:
Dylan Thomas, 11
Simone Weil, 20
The Nancy Drew series, 33
The Trixie Belden series, 33
Jane Austen, 196
     Mansfield Park,  42-43
Charles Dickens, 43
     Oliver Twist, 45
Gustave Flaubert, 43
Leo Tolstoy, 43
Anton Chekhov, 43
James Joyce, 43, 58, 71, 198
     Ulysses, 43
     Dubliners, 43
     The Dead, 189
Virginia Woolf, 44, 170
Flannery O'Connor, 51-52
Carson McCullers, 52, 134
O'Henry, 55
Rainer Maria Rilke, 182
     Letters to a Young Poet, 59
Henry James, 90, 202
     The Golden Bowl
, 85
     The Turn of the Screw, 103
Arthur Miller, 88
Mary McCarthy, 103 131 134, 198
Thornton Wilder, 109
The Naked and the Dead / Norman Mailer, 125
Lillian Hellman, 131, 134
Gunter Grass, 139
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 139
"Kalevala" (Finnish poem), 139, 149, 186, 191
"Hiawatha" (poem) / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 139 149
Jacques Lacan, 141
Saul Bellow, 182
Les fleurs du mal / Charles Beaudelaire, 182
The Brontes, 196
Henrik Ibsen, 210

Music mentioned in The Wife:
Jean Sibelius , 10
"Gaudeamus Igatur", 46
"A String of Pearls" / Jerry Gray, 55
South Pacific soundtrack, 56 198
     "Here I am Your Special Island", 58
Herbie Hancock, 90
Yma Sumac, 102
"A Town without Pity" / Gene Pitney, 136
Jefferson Airplane, 162
Django Reinhardt, 194
Mozart, 200


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