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Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found [Kindle Edition]

Bill Keaggy
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Book Description

If we are what we eat, then this book reveals deep truths about the average American (not to mention more mundane truths like a surprising number of people enjoy onions, and for most people, mayonnaise is very, very difficult to spell). Milk, Eggs, Vodka is a celebration of the humble grocery list. Almost anyone will find themselves engrossed in this voyeuristic look into everyday life - less than healthy lists, lists for parties, lists with personal and often odd annotations on them...and the list of lists goes on. Besides over 150 found lists, the book also includes short essays on collecting, shopping, eating, and list making. Some of the lists will even include recipes that can be made from the ingredients on the list!

Editorial Reviews


"The Grocery List Collection is compulsive reading." -- The New York Times, 2007

"a unique voyeuristic delight" -- ESPN Radio, 2007

"hilarious" -- mental_floss, 2007

"jaw dropping, mercilessly snarky" -- The Tampa Tribune, 2007

"laugh-out-loud pleasure" -- BookPage, 2007

From the Inside Flap

"These found grocery lists are rare specimens. I have a collection from around the world that numbers in the thousands, but it has taken years of hunting and gathering. People are very protective of their grocery lists. I call it selective littering. Seems most folks would sooner dump their car ashtray in the grocery's parking lot or toss a week's worth of soda cans and fast food bags on the ground outside the store (and they do) rather than leave their list in a shopping card. It's because grocery lists are supposed to be private. Never mind that all of us have to go through the checkout in public. Our lists are supposed to be private, and that's why it's so enjoyable to look through them -- unless one of the lists happen to be yours."

Product Details

  • File Size: 13990 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (March 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G14JTQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
How often do you drop your used shopping lists into the shredder? I would expect you would reply, "Never". And because of this, Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found, by Bill Keaggy, was born.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny November 1, 2007
Bill Keagy shares his love of the unusual, your discard shopping list. At his website and his book, Milk Eggs Vodka, we get to see what some people are shopping for, as well as Keagy's humorous commentary. It is completely amazing to see the misspellings and how our own shopping list can be seen as a source of amusement for others. This book is funny and irreverent and worth taking a peek.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good as an ebook June 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the ebook ediiton of this book. While there's nothing wrong with the book itself, it is not possible to read this properly on a kindle, or even on a computer. It is almost impossible to see the grocery lists on the kindle. In frustration I tried on my computer, and it's only slightly better there. If you're interested in this book buy a hard copy. The ebook is just not readable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing at Lists July 29, 2007
This book had me laughing so hard in the bookstore I just had to buy it. The lists themselves are great...but when you have the Jimney Cricket remarks of author Bill Keaggy they become hysterical. I can read sections over and over and still crack up! He gives the lists personality and a very creative edge -- like. "Stop Smoking Bad Mom!" Get this book you will never look at lists the same way again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book October 21, 2007
This is a very clever book. I like how it is in full color and is organized very creatively. My reccommendation is that you read the lists FIRST, then read what Bill Keaggy has to say. Sometimes it's not funny if you read his snipit first. I also love how he created some recipes based on the lists he's found. I can't wait to try some out. Very good book to add to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good buy. September 29, 2008
If you're into quirky, voyeuristic looks into other peoples lives, you'll love this. Some of the commentary on the lists is a little pointless, but the lists provide more than enough humor. On the other hand, if you looked at this page wondering why anyone would want a book of other people's grocery lists, stay far away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spy on America November 12, 2007
Gave this gift to an English Professor and then bought one for myself. It is unique enough for the coffee table and fun to read aloud with the family. Seeing photos of the grocery lists makes you feel like a spy into our commercial culture.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... but don't buy it just yet. May 19, 2007
This book presents an undeniably intriguing concept. It's hard to imagine how much fun it can be to peruse other people's trash until you actually try it for yourself. And there's nothing inherently wrong with Keaggy's book, aside from the fact that this particular idea has been done before, and much more effectively.

You see, for several years, there has been a magazine called Found, which takes reader submitted finds, including shopping lists, love notes, photographs, and all sorts of other things, and publishes these bits of trash. The result is a stunning collection of micro-stories that feel incredibly real, because they are. Found Magazine has spawned two books, a website and I believe a CD. And it existed years before Milk Eggs Vodka was published. Perhaps most telling is the fact that a single issue of Found contains more items, and more variety, than this entire book. Found did it first, and Found does it better.

That's not to say Milk Eggs Vodka is not worth checking out. There is certainly some interesting stuff to be found here (pun only slightly intentional). But I definitely recommend that you investigate Found (each issue is only $5) before you spend $20 on this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny as can be!
Published 28 days ago by Natty M. Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars grocery list voyer
Great book. Grocery lists are like a persons music collection - it tells a stranger a lot about them and that appearances can be deceptive. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bookworm_girl
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is SO funny. It's quirky but highly entertaining
This book is SO funny. It's quirky but highly entertaining. If you are feeling down and need a giggle, this will do it. The author's comments are what make it hilarious!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A++
great book, great quality and fast shipping.
Published 4 months ago by J. Lattanzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Entertanining
Great coffee table book! I read each and every shopping list from from to back and laughed all the way through!
Published 7 months ago by Jace Rogat
5.0 out of 5 stars A chuckling good read.
Shopping lists are VERY telling. This book had us chuckling & shaking our heads. I hate to think what my grocery list says about me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marybelle
3.0 out of 5 stars Food geek
I believe to enjoy this you need to be a serious foodie! Entertaining food fact book. Not meant to be serious writing.
Published 11 months ago by Robert E Aughe
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny premise for a book - did not disappoint.
This book is laugh out loud funny in some spots, others you will chuckle or just be perplexed. All in all, I am really enjoying it while taking a break from reading a 'regular'... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lisa of Fresh Eggs Daily
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
It was a quick light read that made me chuckle several times. The interesting food facts thrown in between shopping list commentaries were fun additions to the content.
Published 14 months ago by Jaymi
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
If you are looking for an unusual gift to lift the spirits, this is it. Funny and unique, a great light read.
Published 14 months ago by Beth Lockwood
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Focused, yet easily distracted. A complete archive of projects can be found here: http://www.keaggy.com


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