Quiche is perhaps one of the most divisive items on an American brunch menu. I have encountered quiche as a food that is coded as female, high-maintenance, and snobbish. What are your associations with quiche? Do you eat it?
Personally, I far prefer to read about quiche than to eat it. Here are some quiche-relevant texts I think you’ll enjoy.
Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche by Bruce Feirstein. Are you worried you aren’t performing masculinity enough? Not for nothing is the subtitle of this book: “A guidebook to all that is Truly Masculine.”
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, by M.C. Beaton. Worth reading for the title alone, but perfect for any fan of English country mysteries with elderly lady detective leads. As the title implies, a classic use of food-as-poison in cozy mysteries.
There are several cozy mysteries that follow Beaton’s foundational text, most of which refer to the Quiche of Death title or make a pun on Quiche / Kiss. I have collected these texts here for the quiche mystery enthusiast:
- The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames. A cozy mystery set in a cheese shop in Providence, Ohio.
- The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss. A cozy mystery set in a pie shop in coastal California.
- A Quiche Before Dying by Jill Churchill. A cozy mystery at a community college in Chicago.
An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco. A romance and mystery delving into a family history of quiche.
Read My Lips, Make My Day, Eat Quiche and Die! By G. B. Trudeau. A collection of Doonesbury comic strips from 1989 with an eerily clairvoyant section on Donald Trump and presidential campaigns. But altogether, very little quiche.
And if you’d like to try your hand at whipping up quiche, I recommend the New York Times Cooking Guide to Quiche. With some historical background, in-depth techniques, and many recipes, it’s a one-stop shop for making quiche to munch on while you read one of the texts listed above. (I made the Onion Quiche recipe for the photos in this post – trust me, it’s worth spending an hour caramelizing 2.5 lbs of onions!)