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Subject: Looking for suggestions on Odd or unusual cook books
Date Posted: 7/18/2007 2:33 PM ET
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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.


Date Posted: 7/18/2007 4:32 PM ET
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My person favorite cookbook was put together by old ladies in Richmond, Virgina in the 70s. Recipes are awesome! It's called The Stuffed Cougar.

Date Posted: 7/18/2007 5:21 PM ET
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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 . . .

Date Posted: 7/18/2007 5:54 PM ET
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Sheila, that sounds just like my friends taste.



Date Posted: 7/18/2007 7:42 PM ET
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There is a Ramen noodle cookbook.

Date Posted: 7/18/2007 11:37 PM ET
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Anything by Bob Blumer is....different.  he is known as The Surreal Chef.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 7/19/2007 2:05 AM ET
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Bonnie S. sent me the most awesome cookbook - it's a very old Native American recipe book.  It has all sorts of things in there, like how to grind acorns, cook squirrel, elk, etc.


Linda S. (thk) - ,
Date Posted: 7/19/2007 9:26 AM ET
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My Mount TBR has a cookbook-plus by Ralph Nader's mother.

It Happened in the Kitchen: Recipes for Food and Thought
Author: Rose B. Nader, Nathra Nader

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!



Date Posted: 7/19/2007 10:37 AM ET
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 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.

Date Posted: 7/19/2007 5:22 PM ET
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That is AWESOME  thank you!

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 1:19 PM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 1:33 PM ET
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My mother bought my sister a Marshmallow Fluff cookbook for Christmas last year, LMAO.

A number of years ago my grandmother bought me a Butter Flavored Crisco cookbook - GROSS!!!!!!

Date Posted: 7/22/2007 1:45 PM ET
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     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.

Rachel (retrogram)

Date Posted: 7/23/2007 5:14 PM ET
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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.

eta:  sorry if this was off topic

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Date Posted: 7/25/2007 11:15 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/25/2007 5:44 PM ET
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Spam Cookbook

Ruby Ann Boxcar, "White trash type cooking and down home advice!!"

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 5:55 PM ET
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Bernie, that cover is worth the cost of the book alone!



Date Posted: 7/25/2007 6:23 PM ET
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Leah sez:

<<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:



Date Posted: 7/25/2007 7:53 PM ET
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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

The Blender Way to Better Cooking

Cooking with Helen McCully Beside You

Grandma’s Cooking

Muscatel at Noon

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Date Posted: 7/26/2007 10:53 AM ET
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Joseph, I have a few of her books. She even has an "advice" book.  The other folks in the trailer park offer recipes as well. *lol* Its a hoot.

Date Posted: 7/26/2007 10:59 AM ET
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Wow - I'm surprised no one's posted "A Man, a can, a plan."  In Bed Bath and Beyond stores Now!

Date Posted: 7/26/2007 10:09 PM ET
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Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes.

He's the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Date Posted: 7/26/2007 10:31 PM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 7/30/2007 6:31 PM ET
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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.


Date Posted: 8/2/2007 12:34 PM ET
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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.