Zara Alexis’ “Food” Novels

By Zara Alexis D. Garcia-Alvarez

On November 18, 2011, a Twitter feed began with the #hashtag  junkfood novels.

These are the ones I came up with:

How many do you recognize?

Irma Broth by Miriam Toews

The Other Side of Our Shelves by Rob Taylor

The Soy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Green Eggs and Spam by Dr. Seuss

Snow Flower and the Secret Flan by Lisa See

The Catcher in the Rye Sandwich by J.D. Salinger

Easy to Spike by Edward Riche

Accordion Grimes by Annie E. Proulx

The Collector of Tarts by Joyce Carole Oates

Apology for Absinthe by John Newlove

Twenty Love Scones and a Song of Eclair by Pablo Neruda

Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Spoon: Selected Scones by Pablo Neruda

Friend of My Tooth by Alice Munro

The Reckoning of Boston Cream by Claire Mulligan

The Ballad of a Sad Coffee: A Translation by Carson McCullers

One Hundred Years of Saltitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

Matisse Poon by Henri Matisse

The Bishop’s Pan by Linden McIntyre

The Golden Bean by Annabel Lyon

Troutstream by Gerald Lynch

The Soldier’s Knife by Margaret LeRoy

The End of Yeast by Jen Sookfong Lee

The Bitter Taste of Lime by Bea Gonzalez

Lord of the Fries by William Golding

Cutting for Bone by Abraham Verghese

The Meat Carvers by Jane Urquhart

Van Gogh to Go: A Fast Food Perspective

The Tale of Kimchi by Murasaki Shikibu

The Shipping Stews by Annie E. Proulx

The Pancake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Stovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Fugitive Pieces of Sushi by Anne Michaels

Crust to Crust by Timothy Findley

Bridget Jones’ Dairy by Helen Fielding

The Norton Anthology of Poultry

All Families Are Diabetic by Douglas Coupland

All That Splatters by Wayson Choy

Wonder Bread by Michael Chabon

Tim Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss

The Cod of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Dairy Queen Blizzard of One by Mark Strand

This Burns My Heart: I Have Heartburn by Samuel Park

The Buffet Table by Michael Ondaatje

Anil’s Toast by Michael Ondaatje

New Mooncake by Stephanie Meyers

Memoirs of My Melancholy Smores by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

The Cinnamon Bun Peeler by Michael Ondaatje

The Life of Pie by Yann Martel

Who Moved My Cheeseburger? by Spencer Johnson

The World According to Carp by John Irving

The Hottest Plate by Ethan Hawke

The Tin Drumstick by Gunter Grass

Cold Mountain Dew by Charles Frazier

Bluebeard’s Scrambled Egg by Margaret Atwood

Life Before Spam by Margaret Atwood

The Book of Salad by Tariq Ali

The Five Meals You Eat in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Year of the Food by Margaret Atwood


(c) Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez


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