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Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  868 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Cabich, bird fude, nodiles, buttmilk, dog yogurt, bannes, hare sope, cream of salary soup.What do these things have in common? They're all items from real grocery lists. Whose lists? Who knows. The lists were found discarded in shopping carts, dropped on supermarket floors and parking lots, even tucked in returned library books. But the fact that they were discarded is not ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by HOW Books
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another genius idea that seems simple at first, but there is so much to appreciate here. it is what it is - a book of peoples grocery lists. the fun of it (besides mr. sad chairs' commentary) is the amount of detail to be examined: the kinds of stationery , the quality of the handwriting, the juxtaposition of items on the lists, the doodles... my lists seem pedestrian by comparison. i have learned that americans eat healthier than we are purported to eat, unless the healthiest people are also th ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I laughed at a bunch of these lost but found grocery lists. Poo paper, itchy butt cream and ass-pair-agus. Also liked the tib-bit facts located all through out this book. This took some time and a good eye to find the lost lists. I come across more coupons in carts them lists. Genious idea. Great book.
Milk Eggs Vodka is a collection of discarded (or lost) shopping lists. The premise is cool and it's easy to think that we might find some insight into human nature through these, but frankly, it's also a little boring. For every list with a surprising item or interesting phrase, there were five or six more that were just your basic, average, everyday grocery list. The author attempts to liven up the book with snappy captions and bizarre food/grocery facts on every page. In some cases, the captio ...more
Ok, it's a book of found grocery lists, but trust me: it's so much more. It's a look into the lives of people, based one one specific group of criteria: what they planned to buy at the store on a particular shopping trip.

Author Bill Keaggy breaks down the lists into categories and puts them in chapters such as: "Doodles and Noodles," "Organized Lists," "Unsure of Myself," etc., including my favorite, "The Grocer's Apostrophe." Then, he does what makes books like this work so well: he attaches f
The idea of this book sounded better to me than the actual book did when I got it. It is a bunch of grocery lists that the author has found or people have sent him. It is interesting to see how many different ways people found to spell banana or to try and figure out what people actually mean by some of the things they list (what are you shopping for when your list says ‘smelly stuff’ or ‘hookers’) but it can become monotonous after a while. I would suggest going slowly instead of going through ...more
Celisa Steele
Jul 18, 2007 Celisa Steele rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody--check out the Web site first/instead
What I learned from this book is that I'm a sucker. I heard some review of the book where grocery lists were described as modern-day haikus, and I had to have the book.

Again, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have not read all of this book--it's not really that kind of book. It's more of a coffee-table, skim-it-during-commericials-or-during-solitary-meals-or-boring-phone-calls kind of book.

I've long found lists poetic. There was a middle-aged hippie in my first-semester Arabic class in college
The actual point of this book, the grocery lists, were not as entertaining as I had hoped. Most were mundane and I didn't find the commentary all that funny. In one chapter the author makes fun of organized lists, then in another he advises planning ahead and being organized. I did enjoy the chapter on "Creative Recycling" as it was interesting what some people choose to write their lists on. What I really enjoyed about this book, however, were the very interesting food facts in the sidebars. I ...more
Very amusing and interesting. The little sidebar things were very informative. I enjoyed this a lot--some of the lists were laugh-out-loud funny, or else the little comments added by Bill Keaggy were. Good stuff.
This book started out as a website, just like PostSecret, Not Quite What I Was Planning, etc. I don't know why these are so addictive, but this is yet another great conversation-starter book. Without the author's commentary, however, it wouldn't be nearly so entertaining. Becky, I think you would appreciate chapter 2, entitled: Emphasis! Blatant Abuse of the Exclamation Point.

Favorite Quotes:

"Making lists is a uniquely human activity, like watching pornography or Googling yourself."

"Bananas mak
A mostly humorous look at grocery lists. This is probably what I think of as a 'bathroom read' - one of those books that you keep in the bathroom to pick up for a few minutes. It can be read easily and picked up several days later and you've not lost your place. There's little tidbits and trivia in the margins - it's interesting but I'm at the point where it's also slightly annoying to have to rotate the book to read it. Definitely appreciated the downloadable list at This was ...more
Bill Keaggy, the author of this book, which is best enjoyed in little chunks as a coffee-table treat, has been into grocery lists for some time, obviously. He operates a website,, entirely devoted to found grocery lists and stuff that is connectible to them. I do love wacky hobbies like that, I admire books about subjects that I never guessed would fill a whole volume and I can perfectly comprehend the strange curiosity that bubbles up when you find something in some ...more
Charlie Ottavio
Milk Eggs Vodka was the second book to actually make me laugh out loud. this book had so many funny side comments that make you want to laugh your head off! Bill Keaggy, the author really made these grocery lists come alive. there are several chapters which also signify different types of grocery lists such as: just plain funny, emphasis, chides and asides, paaar-ty!, and about 16 more! Keaggy pokes fun at what the people write or what they write on, either way it is laugh out loud funny. He mak ...more
This is a collection of found grocery lists from the website, "spiced up" with commentary and food-related facts.

I checked this out in ebook format because I wanted something pop-corny to read. Unfortunately, it wasn't very good, though I think a lot of that can be blamed on poor e-book conversion. Most of the images of grocery lists were too low-quality to read, the way the pages were broken meant that captions were often separated from their images and it was unclear when imag
the concept for this book is awesome - and i thoroughly enjoyed the lists themselves in this compilation of found grocery lists. the author's comments however were mean spirited and in no way added to the fun of the lists. on almost every page i found myself wishing that he would just shut up and leave me to read the lists, which were so much more entertaining and insightful than the comments that he put with them.
May 29, 2011 Megster rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the grocery shopper in the house
Shelves: 4-humor
Pretty straightforward, it's a book that compiles a collection of funny grocery lists. Many are laugh out loud hilarious, some are just chuckle-worthy.

Definitely a renter. No need to spend hard-earned cash to add this to the collection. Rent it or hang out at the bookstore for a while and read it. You can flip through it in less than an hour and put yourself in good humour for a bit.
Dec 14, 2007 Ehrrin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: list-makers
The lists are really interesting (I'm totally a list-maker), as are the little trivia/history bites on each page.

But, the author's comments are annoying, in an ungenerous, overly critical, mean-spirited hipster kind of way. I actually thought it was part of the FOUND books, but it's its own thing.

Still, worth reading. It's very, very quick. And, is great as a coffee-table book.
Fun compilation of found grocery lists. I've always felt like a cart with someone else's list in the bottom of it was a bonus, a gift, so this book was a natural for me. Keaggy's editorial comments were pretty funny, too. Also there are recipes in the back based on some of the (more complete) lists. PS: Americans can't spell for beans.
Sep 09, 2008 Mell rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want a quick distraction
Shelves: non-fiction
Lighhearted and fun, and a quick read. (Grocery lists aren't exactly War and Peace.)
I don't like that the author calls people who can't spell "stupid" and "losers." I tend to think people who are poor spellers had a poor education or may have a reading disability. (It's the bleeding heart and former teacher in me!)
This book has an interesting premise, but I just didn't find the author's commentary on the shopping lists to be all that funny. Although, I will admit that the list that contained the phrase "if you buy more rice, I will punch you" did make me laugh.
Pretty boring and sometimes petty side comments. Calling people losers because they can't spell yogurt is just plain mean. Maybe Jimmy Kimmel should do the book on CD because it was way funnier when I saw it on his show.
Jul 26, 2012 Janice added it
I read this on my kindle. although I was still able to enjoy it, some laugh out loud bits, there were some lists I couldn't read. would definitely recommend getting a paper copy if you are planing reading this.
Humanizing. Not a read-straight-through book, but I read it straight through because I was stuck watching dumb tv, so I think I would have liked it better or gotten more out of it in little sections.
Brandy Walker
Not sure what this says about my sense of humor, but I can't read this without ending up in tears of laughter. Gets me every time.
Interesting and cute. I laughed. People's everyday lives are interesting.
A funny no-brainer read between real books. I laughed out loud so much!
As nosy as I am, reading other people's grocery lists gets boring after awhile.
Gary E
I might have liked this book better if I read it in a different format! My wife and I each borrowed this book in electronic format from the library. I have a kindle paperwhite. This book contains lots of pictures which are pretty much indecipherable on that reader. My wife reads her e-books on her ipad and the pics look great there. So my only caveat with this book is that if you want to get the most out of it do not read it using a monochrome e-reader.

It was pretty funny but it would have been
Jarrod Scarbrough
This was a fun, quick read. I read in in one afternoon, but wouldn't recommend such a fast stint for others as the concept wore thin as I got toward the end. I still really enjoyed the book, and got some good laughs from it. It is a fun concept. The author has collected grocery shopping lists from around the globe and shared some of the most memorable in categories such as "bad spellers", and "sad lists". I had to chuckle at the fact that many of my lists would fit right in with those on the pag ...more
Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found is a collection grocery lists collected all over the United States compiled into a book. It was especially interesting and easy to read. I really enjoyed the witty comments made by the author, Bill Keaggy, throughout the book. As much as this book seems to be a fun book to read just for fun because it is a compilation of grocery lists, it has more to it. The reader can tell what age group the person who writes the grocery list is because of the conte ...more
May 22, 2008 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: social anthropologists, English dorks
Recommended to Rebecca by: Evan
On the subject of funny asides written by spouses, I used to babysit for a woman who would leave notes written for both me and her husband. I should probably not quote them here. But I always wanted to include that quirk in a story I will someday write...

I finally got ahold of this book that has been making the rounds! And I must say, I expected it to be interesting, but not so very funny: reading-late-at-night-muffling-guffaws kind of funny. That is almost entirely due to the acidic comments by
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