Thursday 15 May 2008

Devouring Books

A quick, fun challenge for today's post - all to do with food. Don't think I've done this before... I'm looking for books with food in the title - try scanning your bookshelves, and there'll probably be a few. Googling would be easy, so let's not. Prize (in the form of non-material accolation) to go to the person whose title includes the most unusual food!

A few to kick you off:
Five Quarters of the Orange - Joanne Harris
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

N.B. Yours doesn't have to have 'orange' in the title...
See what you can do!


  1. Isn't THE DUD AVOCADO one of your (not) favourites?

  2. James and the Giant Peach
    Each Peach Pear Plum

  3. I thought I'd find more.

    Three Cups of Tea
    The Fruit of the Tree
    Saffron Skies
    Ten Apples up on Top
    Green Eggs and Ham

  4. The House on Mango Street
    Epitaph for a Peach
    Everything on a Waffle
    Sushi for One?
    Sushi for Beginners
    Single Sashimi
    Miracle on Maple Hill (not sure if "maple" is a food, but going with it!)

  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    The Gigantic Turnip
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    If You Give a Pig a Pancake
    If You Give a Moose a Muffin

  6. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe

  7. Bitter Lemons (Durrell)
    Ripening Seed (Colette)
    Seeds of Time (Wyndham)
    Le Crabe aux Pinces D'Or (Herge)

  8. I could go off on an Enid Blyton spree (Children of Cherry Tree Farm, etc) but will spare myself the furrowed brow as I peer through the curtains of time...

    Peering around my to-hand shelves:
    "The Best Thing That can Happen To A Croissant" by Pablo Tusset.
    "May Contain Nuts" John O'Farrell who also wrote "I Have a Bream" but I can't see that at the moment...
    "Salt and Honey" by Candi Miller, "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death" by MC Beaton.
    "Olivia Kidney: Hot on the Trail" by Ellen Potter. Which is on loan from my niece and I really must read it...

  9. Cakes and Ale (Maugham), Like water and chocolate (Esquivel), The man who ate everything (Steingarten), The nutmeg of consolation (O'Brian), Loaves and fishes (forgotten the author's name), Real men don't eat quiche (ditto), Don Quichotte......better have some breakfast as I'm clearly lighthesded!

  10. Toast by Nigel Slater
    Cakes & Ale - Somerset Maugham
    Chocolat - Joanne Harris
    The Lollipop Shoes - Joanne Harris
    Gem Squash Tokoloshe - Rachel Zadok
    The Olive Readers - Christine Aziz
    Nathaniel's Nutmeg - Giles Milton
    Apple Tree Saga - Mary Pearce
    Food - Susan Powter
    La Cucina - Lily Prior
    Saving Fish from Drowing - Amy Tan

    Do these qualify? The Lambs of London - Peter Ackroyd and Lambs of God - Marele Day.

    I haven't included cookbooks, such as Perfect Pasta etc ...

  11. Blackberry Wine - Joanne Harris
    Blood and Chocolate - Annette Curtis Klause
    The inventions of Dr Cake

  12. All by Jean Ure: Skinny Melon and Me, The Secret Life of Sally Tomato, Pumpkin Pie, Becky Bananas This is your Life, The Tutti-Frutti Collection, Sugar and Spice (also the title of a book by Mollie Chappell), Fruit & Nutcase, Babycakes, Meet the Radish er, that's enough for now.

  13. A Poor Man's Orange by Ruth Park
    The Comfort of Figs by Simon Cleary
    He Died With A Felafel In His Hand by John Birmingham
    The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
    Popcorn by Ben Elton
    The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
    Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
    I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes by Jaclyn Moriarty
    Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith
    Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
    The Emperor of Ice-cream by Brian Moore

  14. Few Eggs and No Oranges, Vere Hodgson; Espresso Tales, Alexander McCall Smith; An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd.

  15. Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
    The Magic Apple Tree by Susan Hill

    ...and maybe, stretching it a bit here, Brighton Rock by Graham Greene - it might be more convincing if set in Blackpool? Perhaps that's my Lancastrian slant on things.

  16. The Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy (wonderful)
    Lobster Moth by Niall Duthie (been on my tbr pile - for far too long). Not sure if it counts ... ?
    And I was going to put Jeanette Winterson's wonderful Sexing the Cherry, but Juxtabook already has ... .

  17. Emily Carles: A Wild Herb Soup - The Life of a French Countrywoman
    Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
    Helen Hanff: Apple of My Eye
    Sharon Kahn: Fax Me a Bagle
    Dorothy Sayers: Five Red Herrings
    John Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat and Grapes of Wrath

    Only one male author and all English or American...... The only Swedish titles I can think of are some books for children by Elsa Beskow ( Puttes äventyr i blåbärsskogen (Putte's Adventures in the Blueberry Forrest) and Solägget (The Sunegg).

  18. Just came to think of another:Friends,Lovers and Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith.
    (I hope this won't show twice - as I posted it the first time half an hour ago and it still hasn't shown up.)

  19. The Princess and the Pea!
    Vanilla beans and Brodo

  20. Hmm...The Sweet Potato Queens series...which I love.
    Men are Like Waffles; Women Are Like Spaghetti...not so much.
    I don't have my bookshelves in front of me, so I'm not generating many ideas this morning!

  21. Raisins and Almonds - Freydelle Maynard
    Crooked Cucumber - David Chadwick
    Lollipop Shoes - Joanne Harris

  22. A Raisin In the Sun
    An Embarassment of Mangoes
    The Chocolate War
    Green Eggs & Ham
    Frecklejuice (Does juice count as food?)

  23. is it just me or have people gone away from fruit with these comments??! How about cider with rosie, or is that pushing it?


  24. I've just looked through a whole set of shelves, and NO FOOD! Amazing. The closest I got was _Dancing Peel_, and you'll have to imagine what kind of peel that was (apple?). (Of course it's not *really* the edible kind whatsoever!)

    But it was all my Girl's Own sort of books, and while those have plenty of food *inside*, they don't tend toward food in the titles. Like nice girls not eating in the street, perhaps?

    Well, all right, I do have _Cherry Tree Perch_, but again, that's the tree, not the food.


  25. One more...

    Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

  26. You come up with the most creative posts! This is making me hungry!


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