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Book Reviews: Menus That Made History + The Pact

Menus That Made History by Vincent Franklin & Alex Johnson

An account of important meals and menus through history: what did they eat on the Orient Express? What did Scott eat? What did they serve on the Hindenburg? What did Hilary and Tenzig eat on Everest? What did they serve on Concorde? What did the first men on the moon eat? What do they serve on the ISS? What was on the 1943 McDonald's menu? What was the last meal served at Elbulli?

What did Henry VIII eat and what did Robert Dudley serve to Elizabeth I to win her favour and did the menu include a pineapple? What was served at the Shah of Iran's vulgar celebration? Some remarkably unpleasant food and people is listed. What was served at Elvis and Priscilla's wedding breakfast? Or at Charles and Diana's wedding breakfast? What did they eat at the Waterloo banquet? And what was served at the Last Supper? This was informative.

Best Lines:

“Henry liked marmalade, to which he was introduced by his Spanish first wife, Katherine Of Aragon.”

“In case they developed a taste beyond their station.”

“Unpleasantly fishy.”

“How rare and treasured they were.”

“Prizefighters, dressed as footmen, were hired to patrol the perimeter and keep her out.”

“High on the mountain, food is repugnant.”

“Champagne sorbet made from 1911-vintage Moet.”

“The arrogance and extravagance of the festivities helped to...pave the way to his downfall.”

“The paddies are weeded by ducks.”

“Still pretty grim. Rats were not always kept away from food as much as most people would have perferred.”

“Munched to a paste.”

“His lack of connection with his people and their culture.”

The Plot by Jean Hanff Konelitz

Jake a failed writer turned teacher is told of a wonderful plot by a jerk student. The student dies and Jake helps himself to his plot. Jake becomes a world famous writer via his bestseller. But someone out there knows what he did and Jake soon learns the plot he stole is not so fictional. This starts out well but gets crazier and more logic defying by the page. The more you think about the plot, the more illogical and preposterous it is. When it ends the plot falls apart the more you think about it.

Best Lines:

“Sheer anguish.”

“Seriously miserable.”

“Was what passed for a sophisticate in her world.”

“Suprisingly nuanced conversation.”

“Awful despair.”

“Bitterly unhappy.”

“The wage of sin, it turned out, had a shelf life of forever.”

“Maintain a smug ignorance.”

“Don't throw up all my hard work.”

“I threw his computer down a porta potty in Missouri!”

“Awful despair.”

“Appalling family.”

“Headed to exactly nowhere.”

“A gifted former student he'd failed to support when she'd been forced to drop out of school.”

“Dearth of friends.”

“Blandly regretful.”

“This, apparently, was what passed for flattery.”


“Provably false statement of fact,”

“Distinctly punitve aspect.”

“She got more nothing.”

“Full of bitter people.”

“Reaching the limits of her goodwill.”

“He said she'd do anything. I don't think he meant it in a good way.”

“Nobody liked her,”

“Didn't truly care about any of these people.”

“Fervid planning for departure.”

“My horrible school experience.”

“Terrible indictment of what remained of his character.”

#rewatching burning love from the beginning instead of sleeping from I'm Shannon. This is my Tumblr#rewatching burning love from the beginning instead of sleeping from I'm Shannon. This is my Tumblr

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