Love in the Time of Cauliflower

For a light midweek snack, I share the following list of culinary titles that Helen Rosner, Liz Liedel, Mia Cabana, Laurel Damashek, Kat Rickenbacker, and Jim Basili offer up on their blog The Hairpin. (Thanks to my colleague Barrett Emerick for directing me to it.)

The list works also as a quiz, and while many of the works are obvious, not all of them are.  I’ve come up with what I think are the original titles (you can find them after the break). Try your own hand at it. For bonus points, name the author:

A Midsummer Night’s Cream
The Flaming of the Stew
Troilus and Crescent Rolls
Julius Caesar Salad
Rye and Prejudice
Ketchup in the Rye
To Grill a Mockingbird
Cod, It’s Me Margaret
Gravity’s Turbot
Lard of the Fries
Lard of the Onion Rings
Harry Pot Pie and the Sorcerer’s Stoneground Mustard
The Ground and the Curry
The Bun Also Rises
Huckleberry Gin
The Grape Fatty
Groats From the Underground
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
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

The original titles are after the break:

Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)
Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare)
Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare)
Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)
Macbeth (Shakespeare)
Hamlet (Shakespeare)
Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (Blume)
Gravity’s Rainbow (Pynchon)
Lord of the Flies (Golding)
Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rawling)
The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner)
The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway)
Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
Notes from the Underground (Dostoevsky)
Middlemarch (Eliot)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Garcia Marquez)
King Lear (Shakespeare)
The Red and the Black (Stendahl)
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
The Book of Virtues (Bennett—what’s this doing on the list?)
In Search of Lost Time (Proust)
A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
War and Peace (Tolstoy)
The Velveteen Rabbit (Williams)
Ethan Frome (Wharton)
The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
The Rake’s Progress (Hogarth)
Pamela (Richardson)
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (Calvino)
Watership Down (Adams)
The Wizard of Oz (Baum)
The Fountainhead (Rand)
The Red Badge of Courage (Crane)
Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky)
Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
Brideshead Revisited (Waugh)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Foer)
Tropic of Capricorn (Miller)
The Bridges of Madison County (Waller)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (film, Stanley Donen)
Little House on the Prairie (Wilder)
Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery)
Sophie’s Choice (Styron)
Satanic Verses (Rushdie)
Nancy Drew (Keene)
The Phantom of the Paradise (I don’t see a pun here)
Beauty and the Beast
Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)


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