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Friday, November 4, 2011

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Banana Karenina and Other Works of Literature

The thing about puns: They're the best! Especially when they’re literary, and double-especially when they’re also about food. For example:

A Midsummer Night's Cream
The Flaming of the Stew
Troilus and Crescent Rolls
Julius Caesar Salad
Mac-and-cheese-beth
Ham-and-cheese-let
Rye and Prejudice
Ketchup in the Rye
To Grill a Mockingbird
Are You There Cod, It's Me Margaret
Gravity's Turbot
Lard of the Fries
Lard of the Onion Rings
Harry PotPie and the Sorcerer's Stoneground Mustard
The Ground and the Curry
The Bun Also Rises
Huckleberry Gin
The Grape Fatty (too much? Great Gatsby)
Groats From the Underground
Fiddleheadmarch
Love in the time of Cauliflower
King Beer
The Fed and the Blackened
Banana Karenina
The Book of Verjus
The Perch of Lost Lime
A Tale of Two Zitis
War and Peas
The Velveeta Rabbit
Ethan Fromage
The Tart of War
The Cake's Progress
Spamela
If on a Winter's Night a Waiter
Watercress Down
The Gizzard of Oz
The Fiddlehead
The Red Batch of Porridge
Lime and Punishment
Blueberry Finn
Brideshead Refried
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Soused
Tropic of Cornichon
The Fridges of Madison County
Seven Fries for Seven Brothers
Little House on the Dairy
Anne of Green Vegetables
Sophie's Choice Cut Prime Rib
The Balsamic Verses
Nancy Drool
The Phantom of the Pasta
Foodie and the Feast
Of Rice and Men

Helen Rosner is a professional food person. Liz Liedel will probably save the world some day. Mia Cabana is a former children’s librarian who currently is at liberty. Laurel Damashek speaks a tremendous number of languages. Kat Rickenbacker is a sociologist. Jim Basili plays with numbers all day. Five of them all went to Smith college together; one of them is Helen’s boyfriend.



139 Comments / Post A Comment

Lauren Hayden

I think you mean "A Midsummer Night's Qream."

Ophelia

@Lauren Hayden I came down here specifically to say exactly that. YES!

SBGBlogs

@Lauren Hayden Dammit! I came down here just for that joke, too! haha Good to know we're all on the same page and that none of us will let Qream be forgotten.

Lauren Hayden

@Lauren Hayden Rats, I saw/commented on this post before I saw the Qream update. This is way less hilarious now that it's not coming from nowhere!

Nutellaface

@Lauren Hayden Ahhh seriously way to be on top of that joke!!

Lauren Hayden

@Nutellaface When I saw that there were no comments I got SO EXCITED. It was like I was in a slow-motion movie scene dashing toward the finish line, hahaha.

katherine

@Lauren Hayden Having it be list item #1 is just baiting everyone.

atipofthehat

Oscar Meyer and Loose End-a

Ophelia

@atipofthehat The Merry Chives of Windsor?

Nate Jones@twitter

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Lamb
100 Beers of Solitude
The Catfish in the Rye
A Chocolate Orange
Gravity's Rainbow Cake
Infinite Juice-t
Middlemarshmellows
One Flew Over the Chicken's Breast
Perch-suasion
Rabbit at Roast
The Loin, the Wurst and the Porkrolls (MEAT!)

Grab bag: Naked Brunch

feartie

@Nate Jones@twitter

Lol-eater
Pale Frier
Krafter in the dark
The Fromage out
Dining out in Paris and London

hairspin

@Nate Jones@twitter "Naked Brunch" *call me*

becky@twitter

Don Qreamote
Madame Ovary
One Hundred Years of Sodomy

Natalie Rosen

@becky@twitter yuck, I don't want to read those food related novels.

becky@twitter

i suck at life today. totally missed the 'food' part. here:

Madame Barley
One Hundred Years of Spaghetti

hairspin

@becky@twitter hilarious. LOVE that you missed the food part and then came up with someting brilliant anyway

Xanthophyllippa

@Natalie Rosen I feel like at least one of them by necessity involves a corncob.

RK Fire

@becky@twitter: I could not stop laughing at "One Hundred Years of Sodomy." I don't know why, but I do think it's brilliant.

lk@twitter

The Grill with the Dragon Tofu
Waiting for Good Dough
The Seven Halibuts of Highly Effective Peapods
Death of a Salmon
Prime Rib and Punishment
A Meat-cart Named Desire
The Diarrhea of Anne's Flank Steak
Sophie's Choice of House or Caesar Salad
The Sundae Also Rises

lk@twitter

Blackened Beauty

martinipie

The Taming of the Tiramisu
The Poundcake and the Fury
The Phantom Tollhouse Cookies
Kalamata Oliver Twist

Jon Custer

GOD DAMMIT THE HAIRPIN. It's my LAST DAY at this job and now I'm going to have to spend it thinking of puns.

yamtoes

A Light Beer in August

angelinha

The Scarlet Lettuce

Cawendaw

@klibberfish The Grouse of Seven Tables
A Fondue Book for Girls and Boys
Twice-cold Quails
Fettucini's daughter

(The lettuce and the grouse are the critical darlings, but personally I've always liked Hawthorne's Fondue Book the best.)

MollyculeTheory

The Master and Margherita Pizza
The Lost Cooks of The Odyssey
The Art of Field Greens
As I Lay Frying (alternatively, The Frying of Lot 49)

teaandcakeordeath

Arthur Miller's The Juiceable

Gracefully and Grandly

A Kale of Two Cities
A Heartbreaking Wok of a Staggering Genius

Lauren Hayden

@ferdinand the bull "A Heartbreaking Wok of a Staggering Genius." Marry me!

Gracefully and Grandly

@ferdinand the bull Rabbit, Yum
The Pie Who Came in from the Cold

Gracefully and Grandly

@Lauren Hayden Blushes, think we can get Eggers to officiate?

Jon Custer

The Ground Up Bird Chronicle
A Portrait of the Artist as a Baked Ham
Porterhouse Five
Do Androids Dream of Eclectic Meats?
Bacon & Dixon
The Things They Marinated
Death of a Game Hen

(These are really... carnivorous for some reason. Maybe I need more protein?)

barnhouse

@Jon Custer Oh boy. Best in Show, there.

feartie

@Jon Custer I particularly would like to see a photoshopped version of James Joyce as a ham.

annepersand

God, on the Rocks
Pie Fidelity
The Human Fry
Portrait of a Ladyfinger
House of Mousse

Acrylic Disaster

@annepersand Thumbs up for God, on the Rocks.

Vera Knoop

The Profiterole
The Cabbage Detectives
A Cantelope For Leibowitz

ann aunamis

The Green Bean Mile
Fatter
Blackened Chicken House
Salem's Shallot
Fire-grilled Starter
The Cake Stand
Night Shrimp
The Dark Chocolate Tower

ann aunamis

@ann aunamis Books authored by Stephen King Crab.

melbouc@twitter

@ann aunamis Or perhaps Stephen à la King? :)

Acrylic Disaster

@ann aunamis The Brining.

Acrylic Disaster

@Acrylic Disaster
The Raw Shank Redemption
The Bread Zone
'Salem's Pot
Different Seasonings
Skeleton Stew
Rose Platter
Artichoke Hearts in Atlantis
From a Buick Ate
Cell-ery

Ophelia

The Push Pop War
A Visit from the Moon Pie
Man, The Cake, and War
Little Ham on the Prairie
Catfish on a Hot Tin Plate

ann aunamis

Alice in Wonder Bread

yeah-elle

Oryx and Cake

Jon Custer

A Moveable Feast. Oh wait.

applestoapples

The Plaintainhead
The Bell(Pepper) Jar
The Scarlet Pumpernickel
Les Miserapples
The Lunchbag of Notre Dame

Elleohelle

@applestoapples The Lunchbag of Notre Dame! I die.

Acrylic Disaster

@applestoapples OMG. Les Miserapples.

frigwiggin

Oh my god, this is just like a more generic version of that Product Placement in Literature thing. I LOVED THAT THING.

Vera Knoop

The Rambutanayana
Daalgren
Burning Qream
Bratwurst Farrar
The Cranterberry Tales
A Wrinkle in Thyme
Gates of Fire-Roasted Tomato

annepersand

@Vera Knoop GIRL. <3

Vera Knoop

@annepersand Right back at you, lady!

becky@twitter

Waffles for Elephants
The Bluest Cheese
A Million Little Reeces Pieces

barnhouse

It's not a title but my husband made up the best food pun I ever heard, the name for a dessert: Cream Passionel.

Ophelia

To Eat A Mockingbird

becky@twitter

Pride and Pancakes
Life of Pie
Brave New Wasabi
The Secret Life of Beets
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Gravy

Jon Custer

@becky@twitter I was going to go with The Deep-Fryer's Guide to the Galaxy, but that's more of a technique than a food...

becky@twitter

@Jon Custer you win, sir. "the" gravy doesn't really work, but it was the best i could do.

Elleohelle

Romeo and Julienned Carrots
The Tempeh

Ophelia

@Elleohelle
The Muffins of Venice
Much Ado About Stuffing
Measuring Cup for Measuring Cup

Vera Knoop

@Ophelia Allspice That Ends Well?

cuminafterall

@Vera Knoop
O-Jello
Troilus and Watercressida
Much Ado About Pudding
King Beer
King Prawn
The Tempesto

Vera Knoop

@cuminafterall Omelette

Cawendaw

@Vera Knoop THE CHEESE DANISH!

Elleohelle

@cuminafterall

Moons-Over-My-Hamlet
The Merchant of Venison

I have Bill Shakespeare on the brain today.

Cawendaw

My mistress' rump is nothing like a bun, sir.
Cherries are far more red than her lips' red.
If milk be white, why then her breasts are Muenster.
If hair be pasta, al nero grows on her head.
I love to kiss her lips, yet well I ken,
That posh wine hath a far more fine bouquet.
A goddess never cooked in our kitchen,
My mistress, when she cooks, does quite ok.
And yet, by heav'n I think my love as rare
As any steak which half baked's been prepared.

Elleohelle

@Cawendaw ....THIS IS AMAZING.

Cawendaw

@Elleohelle This is what you get when you take a literature major and employ him in a job for five years where 20% of the time they refuse to give him any actual work but still require him to look busy, so he copies poems over and over again in his work notebook.
Also, thank you!

hedgehog

And furthermore:

Much have I noshed on chips and on Rold Gold
And many goodly nuts and olives seen.
Round many Lower East Side bars I've been
Which drunks in fealty sworn to Bacchus hold.
Oft of one cocktail bar had I been told
That sleek young Damon held as his demesne;
Yet never did I drink my best martin-
-i till I round to that gin-temple rolled.
Then felt I like some drinker of the cool
Mysterious lakes of Iceland's virgin shores,
Or like Bernard deVoto, no one's fool:
He knew the gravitas of evening pours
At home in Cambridge, Julia in from France
With strange new sauces, daubes, and vol-au-vents.

Or something like that.

rayray

@cuminafterall Much Ado about MUFFINS.

Ophelia

@hedgehog
Tho' much is eaten, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that full which in old days
Moved pie and cookie; that which we eat, we are;
One equal plateful of delicious tarts,
Made stale by time and fate, but strong in fruit
To bake, to glaze, to eat, and yet to taste.

Elleohelle

Corio-ander-lanus...

Vera Knoop

Grains of Paradise, Lost
The House of Loaves
Good Almonds
The Spanish Frittata
Tipping the Red Velvet Cake
Giovanni's Rum
From the Mixed-Up Phyllo of Mrs. Basil E. Frankfurter

Gracefully and Grandly

Finnegans Cake
A Visit from the Cooked Squab

Tuna Surprise

Midnight's Chitlins

atipofthehat

@Tuna Surprise

Lady Chitterling's Liver

feartie

@atipofthehat I think you might have made that novel even more off-putting than it is in the reading. Well done!

anonymass

@Tuna Surprise
By the author of The Seitanic Verses. Written from very different perspectives, obviously.

PistolPackinMama

All Quiet On The Western Bundy

(I made that for Edible Book Day! Teeny Tiny Marzipan Soldiers!)

Caesar's Garlic Commentaries

PistolPackinMama

Um... Western BUNDT. Damn you, Autocorrect!

nowwhat

Grill with a Pear Glazing
Invisible Zitis
A Confederacy of Lunches

Vera Knoop

The Picture of Durian Gray

nowwhat

A Good Ham is Hard to Find
Every Bread that Rises Must Converge
Wise Blood Pudding

Vera Knoop

@nowwhat By Flummery O'Connor!

leonstj

Leaves of Grass Fed Beef

Vera Knoop

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Ate Bread

tortietabbie

You are all geniuses. Dammit, when's lunch?!

mangosara

broken link! :(

monicamcl

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spice Cake

monicamcl

(By John LeCarrot, of course.)

melmuu

All the Pretty Courses
Carry Me Across the Watermelon
True Grits
The Quince of Tides
I Know Why The Capers Sing

jstar

Sangria in a Syrah Land

LauraAlien

I made a Catcher in the Rye and Apple Cake for a literature themed bake off and won. It is totally delicious and everyone should make it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2006/sep/16/foodanddrink.shopping

Lucienne

A Suitable Poi
A Suitable Soy Substitute?

Vera Knoop

A Pear for Owen Meany

(This is the best sick-day activity ever. Thanks, The Hairpin!)

Jon Custer

First person to make one with "quinoa" wins a prize!

becky@twitter

@Jon Custer Quinoa Mutata

D.@twitter

I don't get "A Cake's Progress." Cake doesn't sound like pilgrim?

Cawendaw

@D.@twitter "Rake's Progress," I think.

isitisabel

The Thyme-Traveler's Spice

Hot Doom

This isn't punny, it's just a shameless Smithie shout-out. WHAT UP OTHER SMITHIES!

Apologies y'all.

J Walter Weatherman

@LolaLaBalc WHAT UP INDEED
My former roommate and I want to open a punny+nerdy (niche market, I know) bakery called Hot Cross Puns. Potential menu items:
Flan Solo
The Trifle with Tribbles
Riven-deli sandwiches
Wil Whole Wheaton Bread
Starship Enter-Pies

yeah-elle

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Meyer
The Remains of the Souffle
Never Let Me Dough
The Bakening
American Pie Co.

jstar

@yeah-elle awww the bakening! nice! i was trying to think of one for that all day

breadtwinkle

Portrait of the Sandwish Artist as a Young Ham.

rayray

Awwww whaaaat I always miss the pun threads. Me and my family spent my entire 21st birthday making Shakespeare food puns (I went to see Romeo and Juliet at the Globe as my birthday outing, can you say nerd?) But I can't remember them and Shakespeare has been effectively covered, I feel.

rayray

@rayray Instead can I share this Haiku I wrote today?

This NaNoWriMo
Is way too much for me, yo.
Cuz I write too slow.

rayray

Oh, oh!! Of Rice and Men

Lucienne

@rayray I don't know why I find this one pun so irresistibly hilarious. But I do. Good job!

rayray

@Lucienne Thanks! :) I guess it could be Of Rice and (Ra)men for the full asian food experience.

BookMoth

'The Curious Incident of the Hotdog in the Nighttime.'

(I created an account specifically to comment on this post. The only thing better than a literary pun is a literary food pun.)

applestoapples

I know this was kind of already done, but:
The Seitanic Verses

also:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Sundae
David Whopperfield
A Game of Scones

BookMoth

'Pride and Preju-jus'!

Teuthida

Fahrenheit 160

realtalk

Yeast of Eden

realtalk

@realtalk Gourd of the Flies
Chard of Darkness

onedudeofmany

None of these are puns!

HydrogenJukebox

Harry Potter and...
The Saucer-and-Scone
The Chambord of Secrets
The Pilsner of Azka-ham
The Gobble of Fries
The Order of the Cheesesticks
The Half-Baked Mince
The Deathly Marshmallows

(Hah! Sorry.)

cado

@HydrogenJukebox
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Soup
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Seabass
Harry Potter and the Poisoner of Appled Ham
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Bacardi 151 on Fire
Harrpy Potter and the Hoarder of the Breadsticks
Harry Potter and the Half-Cooked Quince
Harry Potter and the Healthy Beef Tallow

jstar

The Handmade's (ox)Tail

...yknow, if it had been grown in a lab. or something.

katekari

Tequila Mockingbird.

Tulletilsynet

The Idea of Hors d'Œuvres at Key West
The Condiments as the Letter C
Examination of the Gyros in a Time of War
Notes towards a Supreme Confit
Esthétique du Dal
The Good Man Has No Crêpes
An Ordinary Leavening in New Haven

anonymass

One Hundred Years of Salty Food
Trout Fishing and Then Pan-Frying in America

dalek in heels

The Handmaid's Kale
At Swim, Two Curds
Y: The Last Spam
Slaughterhouse Pie
Animal Parm

Acrylic Disaster

@ourlipsbend Animal Parm!!!!!!!

Larkin718

A Handful of Crust
The Killer Angel's Food Cake
The End of the Eclair
The Figs They Carried
The Marbled Flan
The Prime Rib of Miss Jean Brodie
Speaker for the Bread
Harissa
Steak House (this is more orthographic than aural)

renemargarita

Lord Of The Fries

Blabbetyblab

Hostage to the Devil's Food Cake

House of Lettuce (where every discovered passage contains an increasing amount of WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD)

Alias Gravy

rolandogilead

Chicken Chow Mein Kampf
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOuDa

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