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Need a Funny Cook Book for a gift...

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

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

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

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

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        1. re: Tara57

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

          1. re: Tara57

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

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

              1. re: HillJ

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

                1. re: HillJ

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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: blue room

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

                      2. 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.

                        1. http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Shades-Ch...

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


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

                          1. 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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                            1. re: pavlova

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

                              1. re: HillJ

                                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. 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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                              1. re: Cynsa

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

                                1. re: Cynsa

                                  +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.

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

                                    1. 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.

                                        1. 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...

                                            1. re: seamunky

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

                                            2. 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?

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


                                                1. "A dissertation upon roast pig" by Charles Lamb.


                                                  1. http://www.amazon.com/Hotel-Bemelmans...
                                                    Hilarious. Not a 'recipe' book but stories about the inner workings of an exclusive
                                                    AB calls the book "Sensational".

                                                    1. How about fifty shades of chicken ?

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                                                      1. re: catface1

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

                                                        1. re: HillJ

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

                                                          1. re: catface1

                                                            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.

                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                              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.

                                                              1. re: catface1

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

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

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


                                                            1. 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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                                                              1. 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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                                                                1. re: jmckee

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