After digesting too many serious book reviews for our Bestseller Code 100 Reading challenge, let’s ask:  If the novels we just read were types of food, what would they be?



96. The Last Child by John Hart

Hors d’oeuvres – the tension of the unknown.  You are never quite sure what each morsel might be – satisfying, horrendous, or it could bite back! (Karen)

This book deserves something wild, unusual and also from North Carolina. What about fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and wild boar? (Roberta)


95. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan

Boston cream pie – sweet and slides down easily, but not very substantial. (Karen)

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I’m going to go with pie, too, in honor of the bakery that figures prominently in the story. This novel is so sweet it has to be a dessert. (Roberta)

94. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson

Given how much coffee the characters drink and how over-caffeinated the story is, coffee is an obvious choice.  How about espresso and bagels? If you’ve finished the story, you’ll know the significance of this. (Roberta)

Coffee, for sure.  You’d almost need a drip line to get enough caffeine in.  (Karen)

93. Olive Kitterage by Elizabeth Strout

Succotash – something good for you but difficult to swallow.  (Karen)

As a nod to the setting, Maine baked beans seems the logical choice. They take hours of work to prepare and turn out more mundane than you had hoped. (Roberta)

92. One Day by David Nicholls

Would it be cheating to go for a drink here? Dexter has a bit of a drinking problem. Plus, the reader just might want a drink after certain parts of the book. (Roberta)

‘No, you’re drunk! You’re always drunk or off your face on something or other, every time I see you. D’you realise I literally haven’t seen you sober for, what, three years?’

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I’m going with peanuts.  Emma worked for peanuts for a number of years and Dex probably ate a lot of them at all the bars he was at.  Do they serve peanuts with martinis & champagne, or is that only with beer? (Karen)

What about you? Do you associate any of these novels with food?