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Does This Taste Funny? A Half-Baked Look at Food and Foodies [Kindle Edition]

Michael Dane
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Book Description

After many years of working in standup comedy, followed by a small nervous breakdown, I decided to learn about cooking at the age of fifty. Along the way, I found a little bit of sanity.

If you’re a full-fledged foodie or a kitchen klutz, whether you love to cook or live for take-out -- if you're craving humor with a bite, this book is for you.



Join me on my stumbling culinary journey, as I bridge the gap between Top Ramen and Top Chef, from 'The Piggly Wiggly Cookbook' to ‘Modernist Cuisine.’

If you like gadgets, I’ll tell you about everything from quinoa sifters to guns that shoot beef jerky. You’ll also read about two of the most important things any good cook should have: a cast-iron skillet and a catchphrase.

You'll meet a group of performers who make music with vegetables . . . a man who has made the best doughnuts in L.A. for the past fifty years . . . and a tattooed, fire-loving chef with a connection to Hunter S. Thompson.

Find out how the host of "The Splendid Table" feels about okra, and learn about cooking a fox from somebody’s mom. My own mom makes a surprise appearance, too, and I even throw in a couple of recipes for good measure. Dig in!


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About the Author

Michael Dane has successfully avoided real work for most of his adult life. He has been a writer since fourth grade, when his mom read his first story and said, "You should be a writer." Instead, he did standup comedy, appearing regularly at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. He's also performed on a frozen lake for the opening of ice-fishing season, at a synagogue for Purim, and at the Oxnard Strawberry Festival. Surprisingly, none of those gigs led to an HBO special. Michael Dane lives in Minneapolis now, where he has decided his mom was probably right. Not for nothing, he also makes a killer meatloaf.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Michael Dane; 1 edition (June 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B8XLEK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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What a hoot! The author is a later-in-life foodie who wields his sense of humor as expertly as Julia Child did a wire whisk! Dane's takes on food and its fans intertwine with sparklingly offbeat interviews, insights into his relationship with "The Girlfriend," and MUCH more. Seriously...there's out-loud laughter on every page. This is perfect light summer reading, and would make a great gift for anyone who eats and/or is in a relationship...in other words, everyone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to see if I can master those yummy meatloaf muffins on the cover...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Smorgasbord July 1, 2012
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This book may call itself "A Half-Baked Look at Food and Foodies," but believe me, the humor inside it is anything but (half-baked, that is). Dane tackles his subjects with warmth and humanity, but with sly wit and laugh-out-loud jokery. Whether you are one of the eponymous "foodies" (don't worry -- there aren't any inside jokes), or if you're the type of person who doesn't know a lemon zester from an apple corer, this wonderful collection of essays and interviews is sure to give you many hours of enjoyment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I received his book today from Amazon and have read through almost half of it in record time. Yes, I am writing a review before I even finish the book. This book is laugh out loud funny! I've read through half of it in a day because I couldn't stop laughing long enough to put the book down! Don't expect to be a fancy chef after reading his book, but do expect to not take yourself so seriously in the future...and to realize that laughter truly is the best medicine. This book would make a great gift for pretty much anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick and humorous read June 12, 2013
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This slim book covers the adventures of a former non-cook with the world of cooking. As a similar-aged, similarly inclined cook, I could relate. Some sections were very funny, and a enjoyed the interviews with food celebrities (which I presume were real).

It is a compilation of food-related vignettes, interviews, and observations, so not held together by much other than the general concept of 'food'. I did not really find that the book had much to say about 'foodies'. From the title I would have expected more focus on roasting the foodie world.

On the downside, some parts were not that funny, and some jokes fairly obvious. Overall, though, it was generally a quick and enjoyable read, and I laughed enough to make it worthwhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than an omelet January 3, 2013
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For those who are serious "foodies" this book will either irk the living daylights out of you or make you laugh. I took the high road and chose to laugh. This author uses a unique brand of silly humor to add flair to his memoir...or cookbook...or random musings...or whatever you can classify this book as. Either way, it is funny because he lists real life experiences he has had successfully creating some dishes and failing totally at others.

What I liked the most about this book was the way the author makes a joke out of himself and yet as the book progresses, you can tell that he has learned a lot and has enjoyed the journey. This book is written in a way that makes it fun for anyone, whether you can cook or not. I probably won't be trying out the recipes in this book anytime soon, but I did like his usage of his own measurement system such as "a little bit" or "a whole bunch" as I felt this added to the backyard chef element of this book and that was what made it so much fun. I found it interesting that the author speaks of having OCD and organizing all of his salad dressings and pots and pans and yet on the next page, there is a photo of his spice collection in disarray where things are facing with the labels in where you can't read them and the sizes of the bottles are haphazard. Maybe he's not so OCD after all. He did a good job organizing this book. :) I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, easy read that has some good laughs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and this book makes me hate Michael Dane August 7, 2014
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I am a professional entertainer, corporate speaker, cook, baker, and writer, and this book makes me hate Michael Dane. He writes in a way that the rest of us wish we could. To say I am jealous of his talent is a gross understatement. The phrase "laugh-out-loud funny" is too often used, but in this case it is true. Reading the book in public places (lobbies, waiting rooms, etc.) I tried to suppress my laughter and simply couldn't.
If you like food or cooking, you will love this book. If you have never picked up a spatula (or don't even know what a spatula is), you will love this book. If you like to laugh, you will love this book.
What is impressive is Dane's willingness to be vulnerable about his own foibles and shortcomings, both in the kitchen and out. Buy this for yourself, buy it as a gift, just buy it! (And no, I'm not getting a percentage of the sales.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does This Taste Funny? September 1, 2014
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A very funny book about an ordinary man's adventures in cooking. This book is largely about what a real person cooks in their own kitchen. There are only a couple of recipes but there is a lot of love of food. Interviews interspersed with among the kitchen disasters and triumphs help to keep the reader interested. This is not a pretentious tome on cuisine; it is book by a regular person who enjoys cooking and wants to share his experiences with others. the bonus is that Michael Dane invites the reader to laugh along with him as he recounts what has happened at different times in his kitchen.
I really enjoyed reading this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Funny in parts, but sometimes vulgar, sometimes boring.
Published 15 days ago by Christina J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
funny enjoyed it made me laugh
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars cooking lessons LOL
Does This Taste Funny? A Half-Baked Look at Food and Foodies
Funny, at times hilarious look at a guy and how he cooks, improvising the tools and ingredients. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jbarr5 (julie Barrett)
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
This book is a crazy mix of cooking and comedy, and it works. I recommend this book for all the foodies.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Bought this for myself and to share with another foodie friend. I'm still reading it, so my foodie friend hasn't had the chance to even know about it as yet. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kiki
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical cook book.
Michael Dane make light of almost everything possible in the kitchen. His cooking biography is funny and worth the read. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Trish Connolly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Funny to Me
I can appreciate the fact that some folks learn to cook at a later age than others. And, having lived through having a teenager learn to cook I can appreciate that some escapades... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Frisco56
5.0 out of 5 stars This book tasted really funny to me!
Can I have more? It's a smorgasbord of laughter that's perfect for summer reading. Since it's a collection of short essays, you can easily pick it up and put it down anytime you... Read more
Published 17 months ago by taschwab
1.0 out of 5 stars Half Baked Cookbook
I love to read cook books, old, new, reference, illustrated or not, but I don't think I have ever read one as boring and poorly
written. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Susan Tydings Frushour
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off good
Gave it 3 stars because there are moments that it is educational and funny but the entirety of the book does not come together . Read more
Published 19 months ago by G C Pinto
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More About the Author

Michael Dane has successfully avoided real work for most of his adult life. He has been a writer since fourth grade, when his mom read his first story and said, "You should be a writer."

Instead, he did standup comedy, appearing regularly at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. He's also performed on a frozen lake for the opening of ice-fishing season, at a synagogue for Purim, and at the Oxnard Strawberry Festival. Surprisingly, none of those gigs led to an HBO special.

Michael Dane lives in Minneapolis now, where he has decided his mom was probably right. Not for nothing, he also makes a killer meatloaf.


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