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!

27 thoughts on “Devouring Books

  • May 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Isn’t THE DUD AVOCADO one of your (not) favourites?

  • May 15, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    James and the Giant Peach
    Each Peach Pear Plum

  • May 15, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    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

  • May 15, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    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!)

  • May 16, 2008 at 12:17 am

    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

  • May 16, 2008 at 7:34 am

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

  • May 16, 2008 at 7:43 am

    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…

  • May 16, 2008 at 7:50 am

    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!

  • May 16, 2008 at 7:52 am

    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 …

  • May 16, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Blackberry Wine – Joanne Harris
    Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause
    The inventions of Dr Cake

  • May 16, 2008 at 8:08 am

    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.

  • May 16, 2008 at 8:25 am

    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

  • May 16, 2008 at 9:09 am

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

  • May 16, 2008 at 9:37 am

    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.

  • May 16, 2008 at 9:49 am

    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 … .

  • May 16, 2008 at 9:51 am

    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).

  • May 16, 2008 at 10:06 am

    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.)

  • May 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    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!

  • May 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Raisins and Almonds – Freydelle Maynard
    Crooked Cucumber – David Chadwick
    Lollipop Shoes – Joanne Harris

  • May 16, 2008 at 6:36 pm

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

  • May 16, 2008 at 8:27 pm

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


  • May 16, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    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.


  • May 20, 2008 at 7:05 pm

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


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