Friday, December 23, 2005

Cookbook Must Haves

I was going through the cookbook section of and came across a few that we all need to add to our collections! If any of you have any of these please let me know... give us a review!

"Neelix from Star Trek: Voyager joins forces with New York Times bestselling author William J. Birnes to throw open the vaults of interstellar haute cuisine, revealing for the first time the secret preparation techniques behind a variety of exotic dishes and drinks."

Sounds fabulous. I am sure this is the height of Mr. Birnes writing career. Interstellar haute cuisine.... Coming to a town near you.....

Booty Food

"A Date by Date, Course-By-Course, Nibble-By-Nibble Guide to Cultivating Love and Passion Through Food"

Sex and food... goes hand in *ahem* hand, right? But the title of this book makes me think of 59 cent cheese Krystals at 2am.

The Best Fryer Cookbook Ever

"From crispy appetizers and snacks to sizzling meats to vegetables, grains, and potatoes to appetizing fried desserts, The Best Fryer Cookbook Ever delves into the how and why of deep frying. It covers the best -- and potentially healthiest -- oils to use, correct temperatures and frying times, technical tips, and helpful hints for using the deep fryer, safety guidelines, and even the gamut of deep-fryer makes and models now on the market. With Phyllis Kohn's professional and easy-to-follow instructions, plus a kitchen-tested lineup of delectable recipes, everyone will welcome deep frying back into their home, especially when they learn how deep-fried food often absorbs far less fat than shallow frying."

A staple in every southern kitchen.

The I Can't Chew Cookbook

"When a medical condition forced his wife to eat only soft foods, the author developed 200 recipes that were soft, nutritious, and delicious. Containing recipes for soups, main dishes, vegetables, and desserts, this unique cookbook will help non-chewers fully enjoy their meals."

Ummmm... okay. There really is a cookbook for everyone! The title cracks me up.

The Pink Panther Cocktail Party

"No bachelor pad, lounge, or luau is complete without a cocktail, and this handy hipster's recipe book includes five dozen of them, each inspired by everyone's favorite cool cat, the Pink Panther. Also includes colorful retro artwork by the infamous Shag and a bonus CD with video clips and songs."

If I were still single and went to a "bachelor pad" that had this book on the shelf, I think I would turn around and walk straight out. If your man has to lean to be cool from the Pink Panther... there is something SERIOUSLY wrong.

How to Microwave: The Cook's guide to the Best Microwave Practice

I couldn't find a description for this book anywhere. But I think the title says it all. I love the phrase " best microwave practice". I mean, do we really need a microwave how to?

Star Wars Cookbook II

"Provides step-by-step instructions for creating healthy snacks, main courses, and deserts including Darth double dogs, Bubble City Salad, Boss Nass Broccoli, and Opee's sea crunch."

Good God... this is version 2.

Karma Cookbook

"Boy George has joined forces with his great friend and macrobiotic mentor, Dragana G. Brown, to offer up dozens of mouth-watering recipes that will tantalise your taste buds and boost your immune system."

That's it... I am writing a cookbook.

The Magic of Jello

"Foods with Cult Followings.What's more entertaining than a shimmering, jiggling bowl of Jell-O? For a century kids and grownups alike have enjoyed the sweet flavors of the humble, packaged gelatins and puddings. The Magic of Jell-O: 100 New and Favorite Recipes Celebrating 100 Years of Fun with Jell-O pays tribute to the staying power of this versatile treat. The brilliant color photos and tempting recipes will draw anyone in, whether for a brief trip down memory lane or a serious investigation. "Berry Blue Shooting Stars," "Wiggly Banana Splits" and a "Watermelon Pit Parfait" are as much fun to make as to consume. More mature palates will appreciate "Easy Tiramisu" with coffee liqueur, or the sinful "Cappuccino Cups." Birthdays and Halloween are just two of the occasions celebrated in this confection of a cookbook. "

Okay I think I might actually want this book! I REALLY want to make that 7 layered thing on the front....

MiniMart A La Carte

"Anyone can savor the flavor of convenience with Mini-Mart à la Carte, a hilarious guide to simple and scrumptious cooking using just those ingredients found on the shelves of the corner store. Victoria Traig, co-author of Judaikitsch, and her intrepid, taste-testing boyfriend, have scoured their local stop-and-shop, crafting culinary delights from the treasures found there. Canned meat to squeezable cheese, relish packets to frozen slushees, the ingredients in these tantalizing recipes amount to much, much more than just the sum of their parts. With tasty recipes for delectable appetizers like Sardines Rockefeller and Notzoh Ball Soup, hearty entrees like SPAM Wellington and Fish Sticks Amandine, and sweet finishes like Banana Nicole Smith and Twinkie Surprise, guests will be lowering their brow, but not their wow. So, forget the Zone, cancel the trip to South Beach, and chow down on some real food, mini-mart style."

I personally would love to have a copy of this in the glove box of my 1992 Geo Metro..... for pit stops.

Spam: A Biography

"In this history of the all-American pork-in-a-can product known as Spam, the author praises Spam for saving the Russian Army during World War II and for bestowing upon the world such award-winning recipes as Spam Fritters and Spam Cheesecake."

Okay I want to know what award the Spam Cheesecake won. Seriously.

So it seems everyone, including those with intolerances, allergies, serious medical conditions, those that are pregnant, in love, in a hurry, health conscious, overweight, lazy, vegan, vegetarian, lactovegan, and ovovegan have a cookbook dedicated to them. It seems everyone from Treckies to Boy George can write a cookbook. It seems every type of food had been covered: Jewish, Mexican, Southern, Cuban, Lebanesee, Indian, food from North Carolina, from New Orleans, food from Oregon, Washington, Florida, and Montana. We have it all.... There is NOTHING that has not been covered by a cookbook. Nothing.

Comments on "Cookbook Must Haves"


Blogger Alicat said ... (December 23, 2005 10:26 AM) : 

Darth double dogs!!! hahahah :)


Blogger Kalyn said ... (December 23, 2005 11:46 AM) : 

Very funny. Sorry, I can't report on any of them.


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (December 23, 2005 10:41 PM) : 

lolol I've actually looked at the BootyFood cookbook repeatedly in Barnes & Noble because I can't believe there is actually a cookbook with such a name & it's really on the shelf at Barnes & Noble!

And I can't get over how much the girl on the cover looks like one of the actresses from one of those teeny bopper "Saved by the bell" type shows we all watched growing up. Can't remember the name of the show tho darnit!


Blogger Rachael said ... (December 26, 2005 9:53 AM) : 

TOO hilarious! Star Trek AND Star Wars! Someone should have a battle-buffet-royale!

AND, in her defense, I have met Jacquie a few times (we have mutual friends) and she is not only a sensational cook but a really, really funny comedienne. She was also the resident "duh-girl" (as in "So Bobby? What IS basil?) on Boy Meets Grill, which is pretty much how she ended up with a book...just had to throw that out there...she really is a peach and the book is great.

Happy Holidays!



Blogger Cate said ... (December 27, 2005 6:10 PM) : 

Rachael beat me to it - I was just coming to say that Jacqui was Bobby's sidekick. And yup, I have the book. Haven't made anything from it yet, but maybe it's time to dig it out...


Blogger The Cookbook Junkie said ... (December 29, 2005 6:10 AM) : 

I can't believe I don't own any of these! Somebody stop me from heading over to LOL.


Blogger culinary bookworm said ... (January 02, 2006 1:49 PM) : 

Whew! I'm sooo glad someone else besides me owns a cookbook called Booty Food! It's one of those books that's really funny to look through, but not that useful to cook from. Part of the problem is the organization--she takes you through a hypothetical relationship (or several, as the case may be) from date one to marriage and after, so recipes are scattered randomly throughout. And the recipes themselves are a scattershot mix; there's really no consistency. The difficulty/expense level goes from S'mores to Grilled Sea Bass with Green Curry-Coconut Sauce and Nectarine Pico de Gallo, and continues up and down that path. Based on the food alone, it's difficult to tell who exactly the book is aimed at, but then again, I don't really think the book is about the food. Plenty of lists of aphrodesiacs, suggested relationship dos and donts, and, uh, tips of various kinds fill the chapters; recipes are peppered throughout. I have tried a few of the recipes, but nothing that really stands out. If you're looking for a funny book about sex and occasionally food, this would be a good choice (a funny Valentine's gift, perhaps?). If you're looking for an aphrodesiac cookbook with more useful recipes, I'd recommend Intercourses by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge; I've made almost everything in it and never been disappointed (although you may not find it on Overstock!)

Sorry I can't help with the Star Wars cookbook; I'd love to know what's in it!


Anonymous lisaSD said ... (January 05, 2006 1:42 PM) : 

Oh my! There's just no accounting for taste, is there? Funny post--and creative, Chan!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (May 17, 2006 9:31 AM) : 

I have the jello book and it is pretty amazing how many things you can actually do with jello. i tried the seven layered jello thing and it turned out great. Jello is still so cool!


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