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I have a friend that loves bizarre cook books, she already has in her collection the Playboy Cook book and many others that don't spring to mind at the moment. She was talking about the "Liberace Cooks!" cookbook and I was amazed to find it in the system (but not available).
I did find the Cooking the Cosco-way (ordered that for my Mom since she shops there).
I was wondering what strange or interesting cook books you have come across in life or Paperbackswap.
My sister collects cookbooks - these came to mind from her collection:
Manifold Destiny: The One, The Only Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller
The Mini Ketchup Cookbook by Cameron Pearl
I've seen Roadkill cookbooks too . . .
My Mount TBR has a cookbook-plus by Ralph Nader's mother.
It's basically middle-eastern food. I've sent in an edit to add the back-cover-description.
On my wish list is The Book Lover's Cookbook--how can you resist?
My mother had a little book that was supposed to be Abraham Lincoln's favorite foods!
I still get a kick out of "White Trash Cooking" or "White Trash Cookbook." It's all the recipes I grew up with! Of course my mother was extremely insulted when I laughed (or tried to) about it with her!
I think I read somewhere that it's out of print now.
Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine by Norma Jean and Carole Daren
Sisters travel around the south talking to family members. Each chapter is a story and recipes from that person. Everything from wine, candy to home beauty secrets.
I used to have a cookbook supposedly written around the time of Henry VIII (reprint)and it had a recipe to cook an elephant foot. That was my most unusual cookbook, but someone stole it and I've never seen another like it. Also Alex Dumas cookbook was good. Weird.
L. that is my kind of cookbook.
A long time ago I was watching a cooking show on tv. I can't recall the name at the moment but it was the one where they go to out of the ordinary food companies. This company is the Woodenknife Co. in SD. They make original Indian Fry Bread mixes. It is made with Timpsula: prairie turnip. You can do all kinds of things with it and it is good. The history behind it is very interesting. Anyway, that show inspired me to purchase two boxes of it.
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<<There is a Ramen noodle cookbook.>>
We own the Ramen cookbook, and love it. Great size meal for couples, and very good for eating on the cheap. Here's the PBS page:
Here are some I am not willing to part with (yet)
The Nero Wolfe Cookbook
The Casablanca Cookbook
The Brown Derby Cookbook -- not weird, but a great resource
One of my favorites (if it's even in print anymore) that I've used just about every single recipe from (forgive the bad grammar there): Firehouse Favorites (fireman's recipes, which makes sense -- they have to cook for themselves when on duty, after all!)
I have the following books on my shelf --none really weird, a couple I'm surprised haven't gone; if anyone wants to order one of 'em, I'll throw in a second of any book on the shelf plus Survival in Anarctica -- seriously! Not a cookbook, but it'll tell you how to stay alive! Not that I'm expecting anyone to EVER order this!
The Unharried Hostess: Memorable Dinners in 30 Minutes
The Art of Salad Making
Cooking with Helen McCully Beside You
Muscatel at Noon
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Years ago I bought a hilarious cookbook for my mother-in-law because you never knew what you would find in the food at her house. The title is "A Little Fur in the Meringue Never Really Hurts the Filling" by Cherie, 1972. Lucky me, I inherited it.
I have "A Treasury of White Trash Cooking" and it's a keeper too.
Not on Love Alone: A Year of Delicious Dinners and More for Newlyweds by Jessie Carry Saunders
The Two of Us...and Friends: A Young Couple's Guide to Cooking and Entertaining (Easily, Affordably) with Elegance and Style by Jessie Carry Saunders
I love both of these. They're really cute.
Here's a weird one we have at home:
The Male Chauvinist's Cookbook by Cory Kilvert (Winchester Press)
It's a funny book showing men their way around the kitchen to impress the ladies. It was written in the '70s so still not PC by today's standards.