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Need a Funny Cook Book for a gift...

wornall Feb 19, 2013 03:06 PM

I want a funny cook book for a birthday gift..ideas? Suggestions?

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  1. Ruthie789 RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 03:09 PM

    How about the Crabby Cook Cookbook by Jessica Harper? She is quite funny and the recipes are good. I enjoyed the read.

    1. blue room RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 03:09 PM

      Do you mean funny ha-ha, or funny strange?

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        Tara57 RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 03:13 PM

        The I Hate to Cookbook
        The White Trash Cookbook -- funny and nostalgic

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          grampart RE: Tara57 Feb 20, 2013 05:29 AM

          +1 on White Trash. There is a volume 2 also.

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            Berheenia RE: Tara57 Feb 20, 2013 05:30 AM

            Second the White Trash Cookbook. It's a hoot to read and there is a 25th anniversary issue that just came out

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              Violatp RE: Berheenia Feb 21, 2013 03:24 PM

              Third. Love just reading it!

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            wornall RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 03:13 PM

            @ blue room - I had not thought about strange! That is funny. No I would like humorous...Ha Ha!

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              HillJ RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 03:18 PM

              Amy Sedaris Cookbook, it really is a hoot: http://www.amazon.com/Like-You-Hospit...

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                blue room RE: HillJ Feb 19, 2013 03:24 PM

                Yes, funny, and her vanilla cupcakes are sorta kinda famous.

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                  nofunlatte RE: HillJ Feb 19, 2013 04:00 PM

                  +2. This is the only cookbook that I miss from my recent purges (and no, I never cooked from it!)

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                    Susan627 RE: HillJ Feb 20, 2013 06:03 PM

                    +3. This is pretty funny!

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                      thymeoz RE: HillJ Jun 11, 2014 08:48 AM


                    2. blue room RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 03:41 PM

                      Alton Brown is pretty funny, I have his book
                      "I'm Just Here For the Food", and while it's not a laugh a minute, it's irreverent.

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                        MartiniGenie RE: blue room Feb 21, 2013 02:37 PM

                        My son got that one for me as a gift - i especially love the "Meat Magnets".

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                        TheKitchenBitch RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 03:56 PM

                        My mother-in-law gave me a copy of "Any Bitch Can Cook", it has a leopard print cover and is worthy of display. The same woman calls me chef and refers to me for all food related questions.

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                          HillJ RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 04:38 PM


                          Another suggestions is this parody cookbook on Fifty Shades...


                          or this one tongue and cheek on bacon is also very funny

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                            pavlova RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 04:46 PM

                            I got the Maw Broon's Scottish cookbook a few years ago for Christmas and we laughed all day, reading bits of it out. The format is fun--splatters and comics and it looks like a scrapbook. Apparently the recipes are great too, but I haven't actually cooked from it. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maw-Broons-Co...

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                              HillJ RE: pavlova Feb 19, 2013 04:48 PM

                              Looks like there's a host of cookbooks with the Maw Broon name and styling. Clever.

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                                pavlova RE: HillJ Feb 19, 2013 04:52 PM

                                Yes, the characters are from a Scottish comic strip that's been around for ages. I'd like to have a look at some of the other books too.

                            2. Cynsa RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 04:48 PM

                              Peg Bracken's "The I Hate to Cook Book (1960)"

                              We call it "open can of peas" cookbook - and loved reading it in the 70's. I wonder if I still have it, probably a mild-dewed paperback with yellowed pages.

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                                Ruthie789 RE: Cynsa Feb 19, 2013 07:26 PM

                                If you don`t have it they are still selling it in the cookbook sections.

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                                  Cynsa RE: Ruthie789 Feb 20, 2013 02:24 PM


                                  "A Classic Cookbook Returns, Canned Soup and All"

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                                  MidwesternerTT RE: Cynsa Feb 19, 2013 08:20 PM

                                  +1 -- Ah, yes, I remember "The I Hate to Cook Book" well. And thought I knew exactly where my copy was, having hauled it around through home-moves since the '70's. But it's gone! Perhaps it didn't the final cut when I downsized the collection to fit in the new shelf space? I know it was tattered from repeated readings.

                                3. herby RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 04:59 PM

                                  Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant is a book of essays about eating alone - you will recognize many names. Some essays are funny, some not and all include recipes which I have not tried.

                                  1. Ruthie789 RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 07:28 PM

                                    The Looneyspoons cookbook, comics and low cal recipes if you can handle the frenzy.

                                    1. Emmmily RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 08:13 PM

                                      My sister gave me The Culinary Herpetologist for Christmas. It's got chapters for how to cook salamanders, alligator, frogs, snakes, turtles, and 'recipes of indigenous peoples' (however you want to interpret that one...). Not sure if I'm ever going to use it, but it's a kick to flip through.

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                                        1jc19 RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 08:34 PM

                                        For funny strange/just plain weird:


                                        1. Emme RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 10:42 PM

                                          Cooking with a Serial Killer by Dorothea Puente
                                          Manifold Destiny : Cooking on Your Engine
                                          The Evil of Axis Cookbook
                                          Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook
                                          The Testicle Cookbook: Cooking with Balls
                                          Cooking for your Evil Twin
                                          Natural Harvest : Semen-based recipes
                                          By Hook or By Cook : brothel recipes
                                          Odd Bits : Cooking the Rest of the Animal
                                          Post Petroleum Cookbook and Recipes
                                          Coolio's Ghetto Cookbook
                                          ...some thoughts...

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                                            seamunky RE: wornall Feb 19, 2013 11:54 PM

                                            Fifty Shades of Chicken?


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                                              HillJ RE: seamunky Feb 20, 2013 04:34 AM

                                              I listed this one along with Fifty Shades of Bacon upthread. Have you read either?

                                            2. coll RE: wornall Feb 20, 2013 05:32 AM

                                              Well this isn't haha hysterical, but Anthony Bourdains Les Halles cookbook has great asides listed in most of the recipes. I'd be in the middle of making something and burst out laughing.

                                              White Trash was given to me as a joke by a friend who moved south, and it is one of my favorites. Maybe I should pick up volumn two?

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                                                pj26 RE: wornall Feb 20, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                The Hungover Cookbook. Funny and I can tell you, very useful.


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                                                  4X4 RE: wornall Feb 21, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                  "A dissertation upon roast pig" by Charles Lamb.


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                                                    Puffin3 RE: wornall Feb 21, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                    Hilarious. Not a 'recipe' book but stories about the inner workings of an exclusive
                                                    AB calls the book "Sensational".

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                                                      catface1 RE: wornall Feb 21, 2013 06:07 AM

                                                      How about fifty shades of chicken ?

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                                                        HillJ RE: catface1 Feb 21, 2013 06:19 AM

                                                        lol, that book has been listed 3x's now. have you read it?

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                                                          catface1 RE: HillJ Feb 21, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                          went through it at the airpourt funny but I would not put out the money for it.

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                                                            HillJ RE: catface1 Feb 21, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                            Why's that? Curious. I have only glanced at it would like to know if it would be fun paired with the original 50 Shades novel.

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                                                              catface1 RE: HillJ Feb 21, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                              Oh yes everything was about rubing the chicken inside and out and paying attention to the pokes nose, lots of sugestion. nothing your kids would pick up on at least what I saw. I just did not see anything for cooking chicken i do not already have.

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                                                                grampart RE: catface1 Feb 21, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                We always called it "The Pope's Nose". Then again, we're Lutherans.

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                                                        ricepad RE: wornall Feb 21, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                        "The Original Roadkill Cookbook".


                                                        1. Rick_V RE: wornall Feb 21, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                          White Trash Cooking. I can't think of anything that's even close.

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                                                            Jibe RE: wornall Feb 21, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                            Who'd a thunk Ted Nugent is a chef?:
                                                            Kill it & grill it.


                                                            1. NonnieMuss RE: wornall Aug 19, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                              I'll recommend Make The Bread, Buy The Butter. It's half cookbook/half humorous musings on the project. There are some decent recipes in there, so it won't just be a throwaway (like my Jello cookbook, which was a gag gift, or my I Heart Trader Joe's cookbook, which is the dumbest thing ever).

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                                                                jeanmarieok RE: NonnieMuss Aug 19, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                I liked this book a lot!

                                                              2. jmckee RE: wornall Jun 10, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                I love Ernie Mickler's White Trash Cooking and White Trash II (formerly called "Sinkin' Spells, Hot Flashes, Fits, and Cravin's). I have even cooked a couple of the recipes.

                                                                I love this: http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Cooks-D... It's out of print, I think, but readily available.

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                                                                  Puffin3 RE: jmckee Jun 11, 2014 06:48 AM

                                                                  This is one of my all time favorites: Nicolas Freeling.
                                                                  Two culinary classics in one book.

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