Some Very Strange Cookbooks


Two truisms:
There’s no accounting for taste;
Everyone has a cookbook inside of them.

Put them together, and you end up with some very strange cookbooks.

The Narrowly Focused
If it’s marginally edible, no doubt there’s a cookbook singularly devoted to it. And it doesn’t always taste just like chicken.

There’s the Eat-a-bug Cookbook (33 ways to cook grasshoppers, ants, water bugs, spiders, and centipedes) and a mini library of marijuana cookery. There are cookbooks for fans of Twinkies, and the Testicle Cookbook, a new, English language translation of a Serbian best-seller focused on the beloved, local delicacy. Who wants seconds on the testicle goulash?

Even in that crowd, Natural Harvest stands out. The back-of-the-jacket blurb says it best:

Semen is not only nutritious, but it also has a wonderful texture and amazing cooking properties. Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic. Semen is inexpensive to produce and is commonly available in many, if not most, homes and restaurants. Despite all of these positive qualities, semen remains neglected as a food. This book hopes to change that. Once you overcome any initial hesitation, you will be surprised to learn how wonderful semen is in the kitchen. Semen is an exciting ingredient that can give every dish you make an interesting twist. If you are a passionate cook and are not afraid to experiment with new ingredients – you will love this cook book!

Food for Every Mood
Sometimes, the occasion calls for something truly special. Every meal is an event when you cook from the Eating in Bed Cookbook or a volume from the Cooking in the Nude series (although Cooking in the Nude: For Barbecue Buffs seems particularly ill-advised). Looking for less romance and more action? Try the unabashedly pragmatic Cook to Bang. And when the whole affair is best forgotten, maybe that’s the time to whip out a copy of Cooking to Kill: The Poison Cook-book.
Why would anyone want to dance with the stars
When you can cook with them.
Coolio, Regis Philbin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and two of the Real Housewives from the Bravo TV franchise (notably, both have ‘skinny’ in the book title) have cookbooks. Hard rocker/NRA spokesman Ted Nugent penned Kill It and Grill It, and Roger Ebert, unable to eat for four years now (since undergoing surgery for jaw cancer), published a cookbook last month.  Strange bedfellows? Maybe; but policy wonks can choose to Dine Liberally with the Democrats, Eat Like a Republican, or go bipartisan with Politics and Pot Roast.
While most celebrities write cookbooks for the media attention. Dorothea Puente penned hers as a legal defense for her life sentence. Charged with killing nine of her elderly boarding house residents, she claimed that her recipe collection, Cooking With a Serial Killer was proof of her innocence (Why would I spend money fattening them up if I was going to kill them?). Alternatively, you can cook like a savior with perhaps the ultimate celebrity cookbook: What Would Jesus Eat.

WWJT—What Would Julia Think?


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7 Responses to Some Very Strange Cookbooks

  1. Janice says:

    I hate to say it but road kill sounds pretty good next to some of these.

  2. I have one called White Trash Cooking that my hoity toity family gave me when I moved from Chicago to the south. It has all kinds of great recipes for road kill. 🙂

  3. Jennifer says:

    Julia would think: “People aren’t taking cooking very seriously these day, or perhaps too seriously.” And then would hopefully pitch a spatula at someone.

  4. Seriously, where do you find this stuff??? I think I will stick with the Martha Stewarts and Mark Bittmans of the world, I am fairly certain that they don’t consider semen as a food! Thanks for the giggle!

  5. I ran across the semen book on other list along the order of cookbooks we don’t need. The cover is of some, excuse me, really creamy soup and the thought of eating it made me want to gag. Can only imagine what’s next.

  6. Susi says:

    LMAO, I don’t think I’m as adventurous as I thought! I think I will have to pass on all of those books as far as cooking is concerned, but you gave me some good ideas for gag gifts ;o)

  7. G Martin says:

    I think I’ll pass on the semen and stick with good old American classic cuisine.

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