Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found Hardcover – Apr 24 2007
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I was just walking by a bookshelf when my eyes lingered for an extra second on this book. I think my first impression was that it was a cookbook by some over-the-hill rock stars... I mean, milk, eggs, and vodka? But where was the subtitle, "Meatloaf's/Pink Floyd's/Grand Funk's roadie cookbook."
Then I caught the real subtitle: "Grocery Lists Lost and Found."
It was intriguing enough that I picked it up off the shelf.
This was a really entertaining collection of real shopping lists, with the wrinkles and creases, the torn edges, the use of scrap paper, the misspellings, and America's diet (there is a reason obesity rates are on the rise) all laid out in their glory.
There is enough of a collection that at least one of these discarded lists will look familiar.
Is it yours?
Fine literature these lists, and this book, are not. However, the collection was interesting to peruse, and I'll bet this would be a great icebreaker at a party (take turns trying to read the lists on each page... "hookers and blow"?). This book would also be a great present for that friend or family member with that good sense of humor.
Now that I've read Milk Eggs Vodka, I suspect I will pay a bit closer attention to what I write down on that scrap of newspaper. After all, Bill Keaggy may be the next person to use my grocery cart.
"Found grocery lists" is a tough concept to sell to someone who has never read anything like this, but you'll just have to take my word for it that this is one of the funniest books I've ever read, and those I've shown it to agree with that assessment. It is incredible how the lists can sum up our basic traits and draw portraits of our lives from just a few items. Keaggy's commentary is droll and incisive and admittedly snarky as hell. You can tell, however, that it's driven by a love for attempting to understand a little bit more about the people who we see walking around us every day in a public place like the supermarket.
I now leave grocery lists behind in my shopping cart when I go for groceries, because of this book.
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