Saturday 17 May 2008


Wow! Well done everyone, that was a truly impressive list of food-related book titles.

Some of my particular favourites, from your suggestions:

The Best Thing That Can Happen To A Croissant - Pablo Tusset
Everything on a Waffle -
Polly Horvarth

Real Men Don't Eat Quiche - Bruce Feirstein
Nathaniel's Nutmeg - Giles Milton

Fax Me A Bagel - Sharon Kahn
Crooked Cucumber - David Chadwick
An Embarrassment of Mangoes - Ann Vanderhoof
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons - Lorna Landvik

but my favourite has to be
I Have A Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes by Jaclyn Moriarty, so thank you Evie!

Looking through the books I have in Oxford (about a tenth of the ones I have in total) I could only muster four foody titles, some of which have been mentioned already:

Jam and Genius - Angela Milne (niece of AA, articles from Punch)
Tea Is So Intoxicating - Mary Essex (bought because of the title, and good fun - each chapter is prefixed by a tea-related saying, such as 'cold tea may be endured, but not cold looks')
Tea With Mr. Rochester - Frances Towers (yes, that is Mr. Jane Eyre)
Few Eggs and No Oranges - Vere Hodgson


  1. I'm a bit late for this

    A Greengage Summer by Doris Lessing (I think)
    Drinking Cocoa With Kingley Amies by Wendy Cope (poetry)

  2. Ah, Mary, you've reminded me of A Greengage Summer - but I think it's by Rumer Godden.

  3. We're at camp in Maine for the weekend and I have a small bookcase. The only one I could find was Fisherman's Outfitters and that's a catalogue. Once we are here for the summer, I'll have many more books but am feeling pretty poor right now!

    This was a very cool idea!

  4. You missed out 'Tequila Mockingbird'.

    That never stops being funny.

  5. I suspect you'll already have seen this, but if not, you might like to pay a visit to Nice Cup Of Tea And A Sit Down. Truly, a site after my own heart.

  6. So what is he best thing that can happen to a croissant? Does it pine to be eaten or to be saved?

  7. From the first line of the book:

    "The best thing that can happen to a croissant is to get spread with butter: this is what I remember thinking as I split one down the middle and smeared it with discount margarine spread."


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