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Chas Addams Half-Baked Cookbook: Culinary Cartoons for the Humorously Famished Hardcover – September 27, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (September 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743267753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743267755
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Legendary New Yorker cartoonist and master of the macabre Addams has clawed his way back from the sepulcher with this odd fusion of posthumously unearthed and unpublished cartoons and a cookbook liberally seasoned with the distinctive flavor of Addams's signature gallows wit. Most of the cartoons on display here are clearly late period Addams and, to be fair, appear to have been rescued from his slush pile. Sketchy, incomplete and in some cases difficult to read, the unpublished cartoons are still worth a look since even mediocre Addams is better than no Addams at all. The recipes, on the other hand, are a truly bizarre assortment, featuring such epicurean delights as macaroni and oysters, dandelion beer, stewed pigeons, potted woodland squirrel, stuffed hearts, reindeer rice curry, the children's curative "influenza punch" and the intriguing "transparent pie." The more visceral ingredients have been thoughtfully supplied with conventionally acquired substitutes if preferred and could prove a fun challenge to the adventurous kitchen witch. Despite its shortcomings, this volume is a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any Addams fan and an eyebrow-raising sight when spotted among an assortment of cooking tomes. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Chas Addams was the creator of the "Addams Family" cartoons, which first appeared in The New Yorker and were the inspiration for the popular The Addams Family television show and movies. He has been honored with the Yale Humor Award (1954) and a Special Edgar Award for "Cartoonist of the Macabre" from the Mystery Writers of America. Addams died in 1988 in New York City.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By repelli on November 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's nice to have Charles Addams back in print. Addams' original Simon and Schuster collections are classics and now long out-of print, not to mention pricey on the secondary market. This book brings together some classic cartoons, plus some newly-published material, interlaced with creepy, but very real recipes from obscure vintage publications. Addams would most definitely have approved these selections, they are so precisely in tune with the Addams sensibility - reminiscent of his book "Dear Dead Days" which combined Addams cartoons with a scrapbook of macabre photos and clippings. This is just the culinary version! I'm not bothered by the fact that many of the new cartoons are "roughs", it provides a fascinating glimpse into Addams' work process. It's about time that new Addams product was put out, and this plus the recent reissue of "Chas. Addams' Mother Goose" are encouraging. Highly recommended, I'm off to make Mushrooms Fester!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Herrick on October 15, 2007
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This little book with fill your hunger for the macabre and your stomach at the same time. What a deal. Good Eats!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Oliphant on December 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a fun little book showing off Chas Addam's morbid sense of humor. There are a few of his famous cullonary cartoons, but most of the cartoons are previously unpublished rough drafts. This is definately a from the personal archives and not a best of book. My main gripe about this tome is that it only features 10 pages of odd-ball recipes. I was hoping for something a little meatier in depth.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Catholic Worker on January 7, 2009
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Charles Addams has provided the perfect antidote to those whose endless (and too serious) pontifications about food, recipes, and cooking bore the rest of us to tears. Not for him the variously colored broccollis and pan sauteed almost-extinct weird fish of the day! Addams' recipe for wild squirrel is a fine counterpoint to all the hoopla surrounding fine food. And the cartoons, which document the foibles of us all as we gather and prepare our nourishment (the Addams, of course, eat Eye of Newt, etc.) are priceless.
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By Kimberley E. Bush on September 20, 2009
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If you are into cooking, the Addams Family or just all things possessed of a dark and slightly twisted sense of humor then this book is for you. You will love the cooking themed cartoons and the fact that the recipes (no matter how many oddly named) are indeed real recipes. The only fault that I can find is that there are fewer recipes than cartoons. Even so I would defiantly recommend this book to any home cook with a sense of humor.
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