an equal opportunity eater.
Taking the neurosis out of food, one meal at a time.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
If you've clocked the books listed to the right under Currently Reading you may have noticed a trend towards the dark and mordant: Ken Bruen, Elmore Leonard, Lee Child, all terrific writers. I must confess I've been on a Ken Bruen jag, having discovered him just a few months ago and am now thoroughly addicted to his protagonist Jack Taylor.
But besides smoking cigarettes till dawn accompanied by a number of fifths of Jameson, what menu suits a hard-boiled detective series best?
Here are a couple of thoughts:
Violent? Anything with bits of meat and tomato sauce, like pizza or pasta. Drink Coke or Diet Coke because this will be a page-turner you want to stay awake for.
Edgy and entertaining like John D MacDonald's Travis McGee? Plymouth gin martinis with a traditional steak and baked potato, although you may pass out long before the final curtain.
Worth savoring? Accompany with tapas, or small plates, stretching the meal out for as long as possible. Pass on the sherry, not masculine enough, crack open a San Miguel.
Couldn't be bothered to pair your meal? Then of course that unbeatable standby: milk and Oreos.