10:46 am
Thu November 20, 2008

Book Doctors: Ode to Food

The Book Doctors share their reading lists and literary news. During the second half, a talk about favorite books that have food as a major theme or character.

Kansas City, MO – Recommendations by the Book Doctors

Mark Luce

General Recommendations:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (Caldecott Award Winning Book)

Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Wolf

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

Food Related :


The Devil's Larder: A Feast, by Jim Crace

A Debt to Pleasure, John Lanchester

Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson, Thomas Ott, and Jonathan Lethem

Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto

Food-based plot summaries of various literary classics:

Billy Budd
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is actually a novel of pulped oranges, lemons and various citrus fruits sucking the life out of the 20s

The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, is actually about cucumber sandwiches

The Dead, by James Joyce, is actually about carving a goose and making a self-important speech

John Mark Eberhart

General Recommendations:

Just After Sunset, by Stephen King

The Widows of Eastwick, by John Updike

Food Recommendations:

Legends of the Fall and Just Before Dark, by Jim Harrison

Rabbit at Rest, by John Updike

Kaite Stover

General Recommendations:

The Somnambulist, by Jonathon Barnes

Ghost Radio: A Novel, by Leopoldo Gout

Food Recommendation:

Better Homes and Gardens Heritage Cookbook, by Better Homes and Gardens