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Sometimes you come across a book that doesn’t seem to fit in with all the other books in the genre, in this case: cookbooks. And that can be fun. It can add some needed flavor and spice – this was too easy I had to. But sometimes it can be a bit of a head-scratcher: cannibalistic art in a cookbook? And then there are those who might make you run away. Far, far away, happy to live on the moon where there isn’t even human food. Or maybe you need to find a time machine to undo seeing something. Anyway, the world has enough seriousness, so let’s bring the ridiculous cookbooks of the past (the groovy 70’s had to be less groovy with one of these) and the present.
These ridiculous cookbooks make great, fun gifts. They will enjoy lounging on a coffee table or perched on a shelf ready to strike up a lively and/or fun conversation. Maybe even call family and friends and host a cook-off to see which recipes work and which don’t. Spoilers: we can give you a big fat one not below, but if you’re feeling adventurous you might still want to find out for yourself.
Be bold with bananas
If you’ve been here since the beginning of Book Riot or follow Liberty Hardy, you probably already know the hilarious horror packed into this 1970s cookbook that’s a must-have for anyone on the set of HBO Max bitch! I love bananas themselves and that’s it, so this isn’t a book for me to start with. BUT this might not be a book for everyone either, judging by the pictures – the banana candle is the showstopper! Bonus: Please enjoy as Liberty attempts to craft the Banana Candle. Sorry not sorry!
Recipes include: Banana Sausages, Banana and Fish Salad (I just threw up in my mouth a bit.)
Diverse Destiny: The One! The only! Guide to cooking on your car engine! by Chris Maynard, Bill Scheller
My first four thoughts, not necessarily in this order:
1. The health inspector’s nightmare.
2. So much foil – the bad environment.
3. Someone gets food poisoning?
4. Perfect Father’s Day gift for many dads.
Recipes include: Refined naffta nachos, Hyundai halibut with fennel
The Original Road Kill Cookbook by Buck Peterson, J. Angus Mclean (Illustrator)
Speaking of “somebody gets food poisoning,” that’s just a big deal no For me. I got so far researching this book that I saw “Pavement Opossum” on the cover and I was on my way. And by outside I mean pouring bleach into my eyes and hoping it gets into my brain where it can erase all knowledge of it.
Recipes include: I refuse to look, so you’re on your own.
Cooking Naked: For Men Only by Debbie Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell
I’m super confused. Let’s start with the title: Does “For men only” mean that only men are allowed to cook naked in the kitchen? Or should the naked chef only cook for men? Or should everyone involved be male and naked? Either way unhygienic when the naked people cook the food. And, more importantly, who wants oil splatters on their genitals getting burned? I once dropped a knife in the kitchen and was like Wow, wearing flip flops while cooking can be potentially dangerousso imagine you have a sword of flesh flapping around – no, take that back, don’t want to imagine that.
Recipes include: striptease
Dali. Les dîners de Gala, published by TASCHEN
I see surrealism clearly differently than the makers of this cookbook: “Food and surrealism make perfect bedfellows: sex and lobster, collage and cannibalism, the meeting of a swan and a toothbrush on a pastry box.” Basically, you can keep cannibalism out of my cookbooks, no matter how much I love art.
Recipes include: Frog pies, thousand-year-old eggs
The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson, Kristian Bauthus
This is helpful no matter how you plan to survive the zombie apocalypse: “whether you decide to hole up in your own home or head into the wild, whether you’d rather scavenge society’s dregs, or try your hand at apocalyptic farming.” , and regardless of your skill level or preparation…” But I’m going to do it eat packaged foods instead of cooking to reduce time on things that don’t kill zombies or run from zombies.
Recipes include: The Wok-ing Dead Stir-fry, I Want My Mommy Casserole
Alien Cookbook by Chris-Rachael Oseland
If you like to be scared while eating, then I wish you a good appetite. Personally, I would be too concerned that something in this book would pounce on me. Or recreate the Beetlejuice dinner scene. Or, you know, put bebe alien eggs in food, which will then grow inside everyone’s body.
Recipes include: Invasion of Pot Pies, Alien Queen Empanadas
Suck My Cookbook: Clean Recipes for Dirty Minds (A Coloring Book) by Cherrie Poppins (Author), Wild Billy (Illustrator)
Do you stare at recipes in cookbooks and think, “Oh, if only every single recipe in this book was somehow sexualized”? And, “I wish this recipe had an image that could be inked, such as a torso with a bunch of asparagus sticking out of its tight whites”? Yes, me neither. But maybe if you were planning a party or event for a foodie where everyone wanted to be kinky and crack a lot of jokes, would you?
Recipes include: Pork swords, tagine de vagina
Well, if I left you hungry (?) and for non-ridiculous cookbooks, there are plenty of them.