Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Last Day of Dog Town

Book menu for The Last Days of Dog Town by Anita Diamant


Food m
entioned in The Last Day of Dog Town:
Berries, 4
Boiled cabbage and potatoes, 8
Rum, 9, 13, 41, 48, 106
Biscuits, 10, 44, 46, 69, 97, 100, 136, 176
Long rolls, 22
Fiddleheads, 21-23
Hard cider, 37, 48, 107, 144, 176, 180, 246
Steamed clams, 39
Apples 40-41
Hot chocolate, 41
Dried apples stewed in cider, 43
Biscuits and eggs, 43, 50
Gin, 56, 89
Port, 99
Chicken legs, 100
Tea, 105, 110, 115, 136
Rum punch, 113
Pineapples, 114
Boiled eggs, 121
Bananas, 127, 138
Oranges, 127, 239
Blueberries, 136
     Blueberry pie, 132
Coffee, 136
Marmalade, 140
Peaches, 158, 190
Cornbread, 180
Sherry, 241, 249
Cold potato soup, 244

Music mentioned in The Last Days of Dog Town:
"How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me, Lord", 98

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

The Red Tent

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Book menu for The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Food mentioned in The Red Tent
:
Barley bread, 16
Olives, 16, 18, 38, 110, 144, 152
Lamb with coriander and marinated in sour goat milk
   and pomegranate sauce, 18
Quince compote, 18
Figs, 188, 231
     Figs stewed with mulberries, 18
Dates, 18, 222
Wine, 18, 25, 32, 92
Beer, 18, 32, 92, 152
Mead, 38
Lunar cake, 96
Cheese, 110, 144, 152
Pomegranates, 180, 188
Melons, 222
Cucumbers, 222

Page numbers refer to the trade paperback edition (ISBN: 0312195516)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Boston Girl

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Book menu for The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Food mentioned in The Boston Girl:

Punch, 19, 66, 133
Cookies, 19, 133, 261, 309
Hot dogs, 24
Cherry pie, 24
Saltwater taffy, 24, 297
Mixed nuts, 29
Ham sandwiches, 30
Pickles, 30
Ice cream, 32, 128, 166, 286, 297
Lemonade, 32
Tea, 48
Coffee, 48, 80, 84, 213
Whiskey, 48-49, 57, 208, 253
Honey cake, 49, 57
Wine, 49, 80, 129, 208, 262
Chocolate drops, 54
Apple pie, 74, 229
Carrot tsimmes, 77
Lobster, 80
Parker House rolls, 84
Eggs and bacon, 84
Peaches, 107, 109
Boiled eggs, 109
Sponge cake, 129, 262
Chocolate cake, 167
Gin fizz, 177
Petit fours, 211-212
Chinese dumplings, 218
Pancakes, 228, 240
Hummus, 244
Pita bread, 244
Olives, 244
Challah, 256
Strudel, 261, 293
Espresso, 284
Kugel, 293
Stewed fruit, 296
Apples, 314
Watermelon, 314
Raspberries, 314
Sambuca, 314

Books mentioned in The Boston Girl:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 14, 81
     "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere", 14, 17-18
 Charles Dickens, 24
William Shakespeare, 117
     Romeo and Juliet, 117-120
Uncle Tom's Cabin / Harriet Beecher Stowe, 163
The Waste Land / T.S. Eliot, 196
John Milton, 289
John Dryden, 289
Geoffrey Chaucer, 289
Willa Cather, 289
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 289
Sinclair Lewis, 289
Rumplestiltskin / The Brother Grimm, 301
Little House on the Prairie / Laura Ingalls Wilder, 301
Hop on Pop / Dr. Seuss, 302
The Feminine Mystique / Betty Friedan, 310

Music mentioned in The Boston Girl:
"Sweet Adeline", 20
"Over There", 132
Mozart, 224
"Let Me Call You Sweetheart", 224
The Beatles, 314

Movies mentioned in The Boston Girl:
The Wizard of Oz, 23

TV Shows mentioned in The Boston Girl:
Upstairs, Downstairs, 175

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Day after Night

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Book menu for Day After Night Anita Diamant

Food mentioned in Day After Night:
Coffee, 3, 128
Oranges, 8, 48, 191
Cucumber and tomato salad, 9
Apples, 10, 49, 79, 81, 98, 100
Tea,  16, 27, 43, 48, 116
Chocolate squares, 28, 89
Chcolate bars, 33
Rosh Hashanah baked apples, 34
Schnapps, 40
Ice cream, 41, 276-277
     "Nina came to their table with a bowl of vanilla ice cream. They each took a spoonful, but passed  it along so that Jacob could have the lion's share.

     He sniffed it cautiously and asked Esther, 'Will I like this?'


     'Don't tell me you have never had ice cream before.' Tedi gasped.

     After one tentative spoonful, he smiled at the five watching women and said, 'This is good.'

     He inhaled the rest while they interrupted one another debating the merits of flavors he had yet to taste: chocolate, strawberry, coffee, caramel.

     But after he licked the bowl clean, Jacob declared, 'This is my favorite, forever.' 

     (p.276-277)

Stuffed cabbage, 41
Olives, 42, 175, 223
Leben, 42
Wine, 43, 81, 118
Lollipops, 60-61
Carrot tzimmes, 67
Noodle kugel, 67
Apple cake, 71
Potato kugel, 71
Challah, 80
Strudel, 82, 84, 166
Fruit compoté, 82
Cookies, 84, 166
     Butter cookies, 98
Fruit and cheese, 95
Pears, 98
Pineapples, 109-111
Brandy, 116
Toffee, 125
White peaches, 135
Halvah, 145-146, 149, 157
Coffee cake, 166-167
Boiled eggs, 175, 276
Candied dates, 292

Books/Authors mentioned in Day After Night:
Reebe Nachman de Breslov, epigraph
Hansel and Gretel / The Brother Grimm, 60

Music mentioned in Day After Night:
"The Hope Song", 53-54
Beethoven's piano sonatas, 102
"Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree..." / The Andrews Sisters, 271

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition: ISBN - 9780743299848

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Good Harbor

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Book menu for Good Harbor by Anita Diamant


Food mentioned in Good Harbor
:
Peanut butter sandwiches, 16
Chicken soup, 22, 24
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, 24
Apple pie, 24
Brandy, 28
Herbal tea, 28, 87
Coffee, 29 33, 118, 136, 158, 162-163, 235
Potato chips, 40
Lemonade, 40, 150
Popcorn, 44
Fruit, 44
Wine, 52-53, 57, 122-123, 156, 176
Challah bread, 57, 60, 202, 223
Orange-glazed chicken 57
Pan fried potatoes, 57
Green beans, 57
Chocolate mousse, 57
Geneva cookies, 66
Calzones, 70
Scali bread, 70
Cookies, 70, 101, 103, 129, 144
Cappucchino, 70-71, 74, 120
Biscotti, 71
Corn chips, 89
Iced tea, 100
     Raspberry iced tea, 197
Pizza, 108, 184, 195
Brownies, 108
Diet Coke, 117
Blueberry waffles, 118
Fish sandwiches, 130, 176, 199
French fries, 130
Chocolate shakes, 130
Hot chocolate, 144
Pancakes, 144
French toast, 144
Margaritas, 148, 201
Peanut butter cookie, 156
Eggs and toast, 163
Brownie sundaes, 178
Beer, 184, 188
Tuna steaks, 188
Roast chicken, 202
Marinated swordfish, 214
Roasted asparagus, 214
Peach upside down cake, 214
Marinated calamari, 223
Coffee ice cream, 242-243, 252
Strawberry shortcake, 247, 251

Books/Authors mentioned in Good Harbor:
Lewis Carroll, 12
     The Chronicles of Narnia, 32
Maurice Sendak, 13, 26, 74
Barbara Kingsolver, 37
Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy, 49-50, 53, 56
Amy Tan, 67
Harry Potter / J.K. Rowling, 67
Charles Olsen (poet), 72, 75
Jane Austen, 74
Margaret Atwood, 74
Toni Morrison, 74
Beverly Cleary, 74
E.B. White, 74
Silent Spring / Rachel Carson, 95
Antigone / Sophocles, 223
Epitaphios, 223
De Bello Civili / Julius Caesar, 223
Goodnight Moon / Margaret Wise Brown, 126
Robinson Crusoe / Willem Dafoe, 141
Padriac (poet), 163
Ciaran (poet), 163
Donagh (poet), 163
In the Night Kitchen / Maurice Sendak, 222

Music mentioned in Good Harbor:
Mozart, 26
Barbara Streisand, 36
Dean Martin, 69-70
     "Return to Me", 70
"Puff the Magic Dragon" / Peter Paul and Mary, 117
"I Could Have Danced all Night", 211

Magazines mentioned in Good Harbor:
Good Housekeeping, 36
Soldier of Fortune, 53

Television shows mentioned in Good Harbor:
The Simpsons, 240
Baywatch, 89
Going My Way, 94



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Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter

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Book Menu for The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter by Holly Robinson

Food mentioned in The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter:

Jell-O with Cool Whip, chapter 1
Hamburger patties with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, chapter1
Sunflower seeds, chapter 2
Chocolate milk, chapter 2
Cokes, chapters 2, 6, 10
Lemonade, chapters 2, 17, epilogue
Creamed tuna with peas on saltines, chapter 3
Gingerbread, chapter 6
Chocolate cake, chapter 8
Chocolate, chapter 9
Dinty Moore beef stew, chapters 10, 18
Apple cider, chapter 11
Scotch,chapters 12,15, 18
Apple pie, chapter 12
Spaghetti, chapter 12
Shepherd's pie, chapter 13
Coffee, chapters 14 ,16, 17, 19
Ice cream, 15
Grilled muffins, chapter 16
Lasagna, chapter 16
Cheeseburgers, 16
Strawberry pie, 18
Hots dogs, 18
Ice tea, epilogue 

Books mentioned in The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter:
A Wrinkle in Time / Madeline L'Engle, chapter 9
Peyton Place, chapter 11
Sylvia Plath, chapter 16
The Cat in the Hat, chapter 19

Movies mentioned in The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter:
National Velvet, chapter 1
The Wizard of Oz, chapter 5

Magazines mentioned in The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter:
Newsweek, chapter, 1
Highlights for Children, chapter 9
Seventeen, chapter 10
Time, chapter 14

Television shows mentioned in The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter:
Star Trek, chapter 2
Captain Kangaroo, chapter 3
The Jetsons, chapter 3
General Hospital, chapter 13

Music mentioned in The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter
The Beatles, chapter 3
"In-a-gadda-da-vita" / Iron Butterfly, chapter 6
"We Shall Overcome", chapter 10
Morrison, chapter 13
Hendrix, chapter 13
"Wild Horses" / Rolling Stones, chapter 15
"Lady Godiva", chapter 15

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Rien Ne Vas Plus

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Book menu for Rien Ne Vas Plus by Margarita Karapanou; translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich

Food mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
Brandy, 6, 38
Coffee, 9, 91, 98, 108, 127
Bulgar and tomatoes, 19
Ice cream, 67, 70, 73, 95-97, 158, 167
Tea, 75, 78, 107
Chocolate cake, 78
Champagne, 84, 158
     Pink champagne, 107, 115, 127, 157
Caviar and crackers, 84
Petits fours, 92
Marshmallows, 96-97
Pizza, 105, 156, 159
Sausage pies, 105, 156, 159
Chocolate bar with almonds, 152
Spinach pie, 156, 159
Apple pie, 156
Strawberries, 158
Eclairs, 159
Bloody Marys, 176-177

Books/Authors mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
Dostoevsky, epigraph
Marcel Proust, 164
     Le temps retrouvé, 5, 8
     A la rechrche du temps perdu, 37
The Three Musketeers / Alexandre Dumas, 102
Dante's Inferno, 31
Thousand and One Nights / Edward William Lane, 69
William Faulkner, 92
Macbeth / William Shakespeare, 100
George Byron, 117
George Sand, 117
Virginia Woolf, 118
Nobody's Boy / Hector Malot, 153


Movies mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
Rashomon, epigraph
Fanny and Alexander, 26
Jaws, 28
Gone with the Wind, 78, 156
Tea and Sympathy, 86
The Ten Commandments, 95
Dressed to Kill, 139, 159
Kiss of the Spider Woman, 148

Music mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
Chopin, 117
"How Deep is Your Love" / Bee Gees, 131
"Just Like a Woman" / Bob Dylan, 131
"Baby, Please Come Back", 131
Billie Holiday, 175, 177-178

Television shows mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
General Hospital, 93, 95
Love Boat, 96
All My Children, 97

Title mentioned on pages 11, 125, 162, 164


Discussable quote from Rien Ne Vas Plus
:
 "Love, he told me. Love everything from the grass to the first person who walks by in the street. Love it all. That's the only thing that can make life not just bearable, but beautiful." (p. 98)

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Scapegoat


Book menu for The Scapegoat by Sophia Nikolaidou; translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich

Food mentioned in The Scapegoat:
Eggs and bacon, 3
Ouzo, 5
Orange juice, 17
Bourbon and water, 21
Pesto pasta, 21
Chocolate turtles, 21
Tsipouro, 22, 69, 219, 222
Wine, 31
Pork roast, 32
Bean soup, 38
Reindeer with elderberry sauce, 44
Goulash, 68
Chocolate cake, 68
Marinated anchovies, 68
Coffee, 69, 129
Spinach rice, 76
Koulouri, 82, 120
Fried eggs, 123
Tsourekia, 131, 157
Mussels pilaf, 142
Stuffed peppers, 142
Orangeade, 157
Bread and cheese, 185
Wafer cookies, 218
Grilled cheese sandwiches, 218
Roast pork and fried potatoes, 218
Orange juice, 235

Books/Authors mentioned in The Scapegoat:
Dracula / Bram Stoker, 9
John le Carré, 14
 William Shakespeare, 54
Kafka, 68
"The Forest Boat" (poem ) / Nikos Engonopoulo, 76
Cicero, 111-112 224
Homer, 112
George Byron, 119
Cavafy, 145
Catulus (poet), 229

Music mentioned in The Scapegoat:
Miles Davis, 164

Discussable passages from The Scapegoat
:
"Freedom is a sneaky thing. You think it's actually free, but sometimes it turns out to be pretty pricey." (p.75)

"That's the danger with freedom; it's an abyss. Will you fall in?" (p.192)

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Accommodations

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Book menu for Accommodations by Wioletta Greg and translated by Jennifer Croft

Food mentioned in Accommodations:
Tea, 14, 79, 127, 144
     Earl Grey, 127, 177
Ice cream, 17, 46
Ptasic Mleczkos, 18
Coffee, 19
Prune liqueur, 19
Cheese sandwiches, 22
Prince Polo bars, 24
Vodka, 25, 46, 65, 127
Trail mix, 25, 38
Ramen, 28
Poppy seed pretzel sticks, 32
Apples, 36, 85
Beer, 37, 122, 127
Chebureki, 45
Ukha, 45
Sangria, 54
Glazed cocoa cake, 54
Poppy seed cake, 54
Christmas wafers, 54
Red borscht with dumplings, 54
Cabbage and beans, 54
Danishes, 72
Cokes, 81
French fries, 86
Krupnik, 87
Rice pudding, 96
Chocolates, 112
Cherries, 116, 136
Lazanki with mushrooms and sauerkraut, 118
Wine, 135

Books/Authors mentioned in Accommodations:
"Flesh and the Mirror" / Angela Carter, epigraph
Lord of the Flies / William Golding, 19
The Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien, 19
The Tempest / William Shakespeare, 23
A Practical Guide to Marital Bliss / Michalina Wislocka, 23
Tropic of Cancer / Henry Miller, 23
The Memoirs of Fanny Hill / John Cleland, 23
Fyodor Tyutchev (poet), 52
"I Only Came to Use the Phone" / Gabriel Garcia Márquez, 87
Narcyza Zmichowska, 91, 113
The Lives of Trees / Julian Ojsmond, 91
The Garden of Life / Henry K. Zwierzchowski, 91

Movies mentioned in Accommodations:
Total Recall, 29
Batman, 134
The Rage of Paris, 146

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Homesick

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Book menu for Homesick: a Memoir by Jennifer Croft
This is a brief but powerful memoir by an award-winning literary translator. The many personal photos taken by the author and her mother really enhance this book.


Food mentioned in Homesick:
Cheerios, 21
Soda, 21
Cookies, 21, 68, 81
     Sugar cookies, 174
S'mores, 36, 38
Pears, 39
Tropical fruit punch gum, 40
Peaches, 42
Corn dogs, 43
Cotton Candy, 43
Oatmeal fudgies, 47
Root beer floats, 74, 170
Pizza, 111
Watermelon, 112
Peanut butter and potato chip sandwiches, 116
Chocolate cake, 145, 210
Margaritas, 156, 158
Tortilla chips, 156, 158
Fruit punch with Mountain Dew, 165
Turkey and stuffing, 177
Sweet potatoes with marshmallows, 177
Pumpkin pie, 177
Grilled cheese, 179
Vodka, 196, 211
     Peppermint vodka, 197
Cheese crackers, 230
Peanut butter crackers, 30
Dr. Pepper, 230
Fuchsia soup, 230
Café crème, 249

Books/Authors mentioned in Homesick:
Hansel and Gretel / Brothers Grimm, 32, 34
Dr. Seuss, 72, 107
     The Cat in the Hat, 72
     Horton Hears a Who!, 72
     Green Eggs and Ham, 72
Antigone / Sophocles, 153
Anna Karenina, 153, 206
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 184, 187, 221, 223
Doctor Zhivago / Boris Pasternak, 245

Music mentioned in Homesick:
Paul Simon, 107
     "Graceland", 47
Michael Jackson, 91
Camille Saint-Saëns, 104
"Shoop" / Salt-n-Pepa, 108
"The Man I Love" / Ella Fitzgerald, 112

Movies mentioned in Homesick:
Alladin, 116
Beauty and the Beast, 116

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition: ISBN 9781944700942

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Flights

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Book menu for Flights by Olga Tokarczyk, translated from Polish by Jennifer Croft

Food mentioned in Flights:
Goulash, 6
Meatballs in tomato sauce, 6
Curry, 9
     Vegetable curry, 324, 326
Beer, 22, 51, 80, 93, 174, 196, 255, 295
Coffee, 33, 49, 64, 77, 104, 134, 173, 153-154, 230, 339, 372
Grapes, 34, 336
Fried fish, 38, 145
Wine, 38-39, 45, 67, 140, 145, 150, 163-164, 183, 191, 267
     White wine, 65, 127, 161
Ajvar, 45
Kopico candies, 47
Herbal tea, 52
Coffee cake, 59
Oysters, 61
Yogurt, 64
Salade Niçoise, 66
Croissants, 67
Potatoes with bacon and onion, 82-83, 92
Vodka, 83, 222, 289
Chocolate bars, 94, 123
Port, 152
Apples, 183, 253, 314
Pirozhki, 233, 253
Borscht, 243, 252
Blinis, 254-256
Mandarin oranges, 274
Figs, 274
Pierogi, 288
Pork chops and cabbage, 295
Apple pie, 295
Samosas, 324
Ice cream, 339, 374
Sole and broccoli, 369
Feta salad, 369
Oatmeal, 372
Ouzo, 374

Books/Authors mentioned in Flights:
Anathemas and Admiratins / Emil Cioran, 23
Ghent, 68
Moby-Dick / Herman Melville, 72
Jorge Luis Borges, 96, 107
The Thousand and One Nights / Edward William Lane, 107
Inferno / Dante, 142
James Joyce, 175
Stendhal. 175
Corporis Humani Anatomia / Philip Verhenen, 205
Karl May, 289
George Sand, 316
Ovid, 373

Music mentioned in Flights:
Mozart, 61, 141
     Requiem, 315-319
Bach, 126
"Who Wants to Live Forever" / Queen, 157
Chopin, 308, 312, 321
Eric Clapton, 226

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

August

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Book menu for August by Romina Paula; translated from Spanish by Jennifer Croft

I've started reading more literary translations because I'd like to try doing some translations (French to English) myself.  This winter and spring I read all of Jennifer Crofts translations. She translates from Spanish and Polish and was slated to be on the faculty of the 2020 Bread Loaf Translators Conference. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has been postponed until 2021. I was to attend the conference and so was reading up on Ms. Croft. I hope she is on the faculty next year and that I get to meet her then. I also highly recommend her memoir, Homesick.


August is a quick but somber and mysterious novel that follows a twenty-something Argentine woman who travels back to her hometown on the fifth anniversary of her best friend's death.

Food mentioned in August:
Wine, 69, 120,, 175-176, 178, 180
     White wine, 1, 3, 62, 124
          Chablis, 2
Coffee, 1, 13, 128, 170
Whiskey, 13
Chocolates, 14
Yerba Mate, 15, 41, 121, 123, 139-140, 144, 170
Beer, 77-78, 167, 172, 175-176, 185
Salami and Cheese sandwiches, 128
Cookies, 139
Steak and fries, 176-178
Provencal toast, 176
Ice cream, 181
Dulce de leche, 181
Peanuts, 185
Orange juice, 196
Yogurt, 196
Croissants, 196

Books/Authors mentioned in August:
Hospital Britanico / Hector Viel Temperley, epigraph
Pablo Neruda, 55
The Little Prince / Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 158

Films mentioned in August:
Bleu, 8
Rouge, 8
The Sound of Music, 21
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 112
Reality Bites, 125-126, 141, 176
Mermaid, 126
Beetlejuice, 126

Music mentioned in August:
Ricardo Montaner, 16
Counting Crows, 56-57, 125, 145-146
     "Round Here", 56, 146
The Police, 70
     "Every Breath You Take", 75
     "King of Pain", 76
Bob Marley, 83
Babasonicos, 152, 155, 157

TV Shows mentioned in August:
Six Feet Under, 3, 20
The Simpsons, 125, 179

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Caging Skies

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Book menu for Caging Skies by Christine Leunens

Caging Skies was adapted into the award-winning film Jojo Rabbit. The wonderful movie is a loose adaptation of this very dark novel. If you've seen the film but haven't read this novel, you're missing out on a haunting tale that stays with you for days after reading it.

Food mentioned in Caging Skies
:
Sekt, 10
Schnitzel, 5
Kaiserchmarrn, 15
Coffee, 29, 34, 55, 99-100
Cake, 37
Apples, 56, 77, 170
Brioche, 86
Omelet, 127
Beef Stroganoff, 127
Walnuts, 171
Olives, 175
Vodka, 181
Serviettenknodel, 223-224
Sugar-coated almonds, 242
Fudge, 242
Caramel popcorn, 242
Pancakes, 242
Boxed chocolates, 242
Punschkrapfen, 283

Books/Authors mentioned in Caging Skies:
Sigmund Freud, 30
Kurt Freitag, 30
Paul Nettl, 30
Heinrich Heine, 30
Robert Musil, 30
Tractus Logico-philosophicus / Ludwig Wittgenstein, 74 

Music mentioned in Caging Skies:
"Die Fledermaus" / Johann Strauss, 87
"Slumber Now, Ye Eyes So Weary" / J.S. Bach, 91
Edith Piaf, 188

Discussable Quote:
"The most secret, powerful gift given to a man isn't life, but the capacity to snip at it in his mind, trim it in his heart, cultivate all the branches that should have been and were given life within the nicks in his will, the cuts of his soul. This is where the tree of life is hidden, grafted in each and every man."
(page 293)

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN: 978140739088) 

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Bloom

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Book menu for Bloom by by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau

Bloom is a poignant graphic novel for young adults. It also has a very unique color scheme of just blue, black, and white. And, you WILL be craving freshly-baked sourdough bread when you finish reading it!


Food mentioned in Bloom:
Doughnuts, 42
Carrot Cake, 67
Coffee, 69-70
Baguettes, 75
Blueberry muffins, 95
Streusel, 95-96
Sourdough rolls, 111, 114-115, 117
Croissants, 111
Funnel cakes, 172
Red velvet cupcakes, 185, 190, 200
Baklava, 224
Spanokopita, 224
Bagels, 237
Ravani cake, 254
Keke Fa'i, 276

Television shows mentioned in Bloom:
Gilmore Girls

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Find Me

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Book Menu for Find Me: A Novel by André Aciman 
Find Me is the sequel to Call Me By Your Name

Food mentioned in Find Me: 
Coffee, 7, 49, 58-59, 66, 100, 110-111, 137, 141, 162, 162, 205, 252, 254     
     Double Americanos, 70
Cake, 18, 27-28, 33, 48 
Profiteroles, 18
 Fish, 28, 31, 33-34, 66, 106      Branzini, 40 Leafy greens, 28, 32 Scallops, 31, 33 Wine, 33-34, 36, 38-39, 42, 97, 106, 116     
     Friuli, 31
     
     Sancerre, 31-32
     
     Barbaresco, 116
     
     Calvados, 176, 182-183
     
     Prosecco, 216, 220, 232, 234-236
  
Persimmons, 32, 52, 106  
Puntarelle, 36  
Walnuts, 52, 66, 100  
Oranges, 63-64  
Chicken soup, 63  
Hot toddies, 63 
Gelato, 85      
Grapefruit, 85      
Pistachio, 85  
Goat cheese, 97  
Figs, 101-102, 106  
Sardines, 106  
Berries, 106  
Peaches, 106 
Plums, 106  
Apricots, 106 
Mulled cider, 123, 126, 199, 211 
Caol Ila scotch, 130  
Pain Poilâno, 130 
Croissants, 205 
Chicken pot pie, 224 
Cabbage salad, 224 
Martinis, 232 
Boiled eggs, 253 

Books/Authors mentioned in Find Me:  
Dostoyevsky, 19-20  
Edith Wharton, 22  
The Memoirs of Chateaubriand / François-René Chateaubriand, 57, 100  
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 82, 92  
Howards End / E. M. Forster, 167 
Cavafy (Greek poet), 250, 257-258  

Music mentioned in Find Me: 
 Mozart, 24, 185-186, 189, 208      
     Concerti in E-flat Major and D Minor     
      Piano concerto in D Minor, 185  
Beethoven, 104, 106, 127, 206, 208      
     Sonata in D Minor, 137      
      Waldstein sonata, 185, 187, 191-192       
Kol Nidre, 191-192, 203  
Haydn, 122-123, 127  
Brahms, 190  
Bach, 227, 229-231, 233, 237, 243-244 
     “Bohemian Rhapsody”, 228

Discussable passages from Find Me: 
 p.223: "And some of our fondest desires end up meaning more to us unrealized than tested..."

p.254: "...time is always the price we pay for the unlived life"

p.210: "You know, life is not so original after all. It has uncanny ways of reminding us that, even without a God, there is a flash of retrospective brilliance in the way fate plays its cards. It doesn't deal us fifty-two cards; it deals, say, four or five, and they happen to be the same ones our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents played. The cards look pretty frayed and bent. The choice of sequences is limited: at some point the cards will repeat themselves, seldom in the same order but always in a pattern that seems uncannily familiar. Sometimes the last card is not even played by the one whose life ended. Fate doesn't always respect what we believe is the end of a life. It will deal your last card to those who come after. Which is why I think all lives are condemned to remain unfinished."

Title mentioned on pages 115, 208-209, 243, 260

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