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Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found

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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
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by HOW Books
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Jun 12, 2009 karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-laughter
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.
Jan 02, 2016 7jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: list lovers, odd-thing lovers
This is a book about grocery lists (the found type), which the author has here collected for 10 years (much more now, of course). It's probably fun to imagine stories behind each. The oldest shopping list is the one found in a UK Roman fort, from c.80 AD - there's also one from 1950s and 1970s shown. At the end index items on each list are listed, from 'A&W root beer' to 'zucchini'. Scattered on pages are also fun facts, like how many variations of rice exist (100,000), that Native Americans ...more
When I saw this title, I knew I had to get my greedy hands on it.

This is so clever, now we get to peek inside people's lives! I mean, eventhough just a 'simple' grocery list, it is still someone's thought process or mood we get to see.

I can see this website ( being a hit. You get to be interactive with others. You can share a list to go viral.

However, as a book this is so much harder to get through. After just a few lists it becomes monotonous. There are trivia bits thrown in to
Aug 18, 2009 Jenni rated it it was ok
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
Sep 08, 2016 Jessaka rated it liked it
This was a fun, light read.

You learn a lot from grocery lists in America for many people here have really bad penmanship and spelling, and so I wonder what grade level they completed? Some use apostrophes incorrectly. Such as pear's, apple's. Maybe these items own the grocery list. Then the spelling: banannas. I should talk, but at the same time it seems that at least the schools should have been able to teach grammar in regards to things you buy at the grocery store. And I admit, yogurt is a ha
Jan 10, 2009 MissLily rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2009 cat rated it did not like it
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.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Milk Eggs Vodka - Grocery Lists Lost and Found by Bill Keaggy is just that, a book containing all kinds of shopping lists that have been found in shopping trolleys, shopping centres and car parks all over the USA.

This collection isn't for everyone, but it does give the reader a unique glimpse into the minds of shoppers. Some of the spelling mistakes made me laugh out loud (burd fude anyone?) but I also enjoyed the categories Keaggy sorted his lists into.

Some of the chapters included:
- Paar-ty!
Aug 24, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it
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 it was ok
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
Oct 28, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Nov 21, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, humor
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.
Eve Nolon
This was a solid four-star read for me until the snark started to fall flat about mid-book. I love lists, I love books about the mundane and it doesn't get more mundane than old grocery lists, but Keaggy needed to focus more on the minutiae of the lists and add in some more back stories (like Theresa from Boise) and skip the snark on spelling (although I did enjoy the snark about the grocer's apostrophe) because it went on too long. It's still worth the read, especially if you're a list-lover li ...more
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
Apr 14, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: humor-challenge
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
Brandy Walker
Jul 28, 2013 Brandy Walker rated it it was amazing
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.
this is one of those quirky books. guy with a weird hobby turns it unto a blog and then a book. people abandon grocery lists in their carts. never noticed that myself, usually all I see in carts is a crumpled copy of the current store flyer, maybe a spare, ripped produce bag. nothing at all like the gems reproduced here. I was reminded of some of the lists my mother painstakingly produced, with prices and sale offers included, and the Happy Days inclusion of "TP." the compiler's side comments ar ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Sally rated it did not like it
Shelves: aacpl-books, ebooks
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
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
May 09, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
So I though this would be a fun and interesting read. For years I thought it would be passingly interesting, at least for a little while, to be a cashier in the express lane at a grocery store (back before the self-scan aisles), especially. I imagined it would at least occasionally be fun to see what people came into the store for when they were just getting a few things. I suspect most of the time it's basics like milk, eggs (and vodka?), but occasionally a more random and amusing collection of ...more
May 29, 2011 Megster rated it liked it
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 liked it
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.
Mar 10, 2016 Peacegal rated it liked it
The author has an unusual obsession: he collects lost grocery lists. Here's a collection of some of his favorites.

I'm also a fan of weird lists, notes, and other stuff in the vein of FOUND magazine...and while this collection doesn't boast the variety of that series, MILK EGGS VODKA does reveal that Americans both have terrible diets and are awful spellers, for the most part.
Oct 31, 2013 Melody rated it liked it
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 it was ok
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!)
Sep 26, 2008 Mimo rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, funny
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.
Jul 06, 2010 Anella rated it did not like it
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.
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