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The Fridge of San Luis Rey*

I’ve suggested a competition to Laura Vozella, the locum tenens at Dining@Large. The challenge:

Come up with a food-related book title that includes a literary allusion and write a one-sentence jacket description of it. Here is a sample:

"With Roux My Heart Is Laden"

In a moving memoir, prize-winning Cajun chef Jean-Claude Beausoleil describes his quintuple cardiac bypass surgery and the rigorous vegan diet he adopted in recovery.

And I’ve offered to treat the winner, if local, to a martini.

Entries are coming in, so don’t miss out on your chance to compete. Please submit your entries there, not here.

And a note of thanks to my readers: This is the twelfth post on this blog since its return to last week. I am deeply grateful to those of you who took the trouble to follow me here from the previous site.

*Thornton Wilder’s novel of comic intrigue in the rectory of a Roman Catholic school for boys where Father MacGillicuddy lays one elaborate but unsuccessful trap after another to discover who is stealing the leftover pizza in the night.

Posted by John McIntyre at 11:30 AM | | Comments (7)


Blogging of contests, I propose for this blog a contest of quotes to good to be true created from headlines in the news. For example,
Surrey chef 'murdered wife and put her body in freezer'

When asked why he had done it Wallner replied, “Well, she was a large lass and I couldn’t expect to eat her all at once.”

The winner(s) obviously would be the awarded Templeton Prize.

Ernest Hemingway's novel: FOR WHOM THE BELL PEPPER TOLLS: a dark novel about the murder of a man with gall bladder disease who consumes a casserole surreptitiously laced with bell peppers.

In Search of Lost Thyme
A new translation of Marcel Proust's classic novel about a man obsessed with organizing his spice drawer.

Some people don't follow instructions very well.

Meow. Some people aren't local and don't drink martinis, so they aren't interested in winning the contest anyway.

People who love writing don't need a prize.

Olive and a Twist

Charles Dickens's story of an orphan boy in 19th century London, and his search for the perfect martini recipe.

Famous for the well-known line: "Please sir - can I have some more gin?"

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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