Ever notice that when you're hungry, almost everything sounds good enough to eat?
That's why, as we all know, you don't go shopping when your stomach is growling. But no one warned you not to read when you're hungry.
Food has always played a role in books, but more and more books, it seems, are relying on food and funny puns to make the contents sound even more appetizing. I get a kick out of the puns some of the books come up with, but I can't help feeling a bit hungry, too. Gee, I wonder why?
I mean, who wouldn't mind starting out the day with Eggs Benedict (Arnold) (ha!) or a cup of Holiday Grind?
** Eggs Benedict Arnold, Laura Childs, Berkley Prime Crime, Dec. 2009;
** Holiday Grind - Coffeehouse Mystery, Cleo Coyle, Berkley Hardcover, Nov. 2009.
Got a sweet tooth? Well you know the old saying, I Scream, You Scream.... or how about a Bakers (Fatal) Dozen?
** I Scream You Scream, A Mystery a la Mode, Wendy Lyn Watson, Signet, Oct. 2009
** Baker's Fatal Dozen, Lisa Harris, Barbour Publishing, Aug. 2008
Oh, and food mysteries have had their influence on politics, too, it seems. After all, what else would the president have in the morning but "Eggsecutive Orders." (sorry, I couldn't resist!)
* Eggsecutive Orders, Julie Hyzy, Berkley, Jan. 5, 2010
** What are some of your favorite food-related mystery titles?