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Though billed as "Amy Sedaris meets a warped Martha Stewart," this painful attempt from writer and actress Whaley falls far short on both counts. Ostensibly a tongue-in-cheek collection of dishes suitable for specific misfortunes and awkward moments, Whaley only manages to expand on the discomfort. Aside from listing props in ingredient lists ("Stir Fry for Stretch Marks," calls for an "old lady bathing suit"; "Moving to Russia To Look For Work Chocobanbutt Panini" calls for more accoutrements than foodstuffs), Whaley includes "recipes" like "MIL From Hell Taco Bell," a list of things to order from the fast food chain when mother-in-law is pushing your buttons. Subtlety and charm are not part of Whaley's repertoire, so crass comedy abounds: "Unwanted Pregnancy Kielbasa and Sauerkraut" lists qualities one should look for in an adoptive family ("must not be likely to sell child on black market"); "Mom's Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup for Closet Cases" reminds readers to use dairy butter, not "boy butter." Readers dealing with depression, irritating family members or simply in the mood for a comfort food pick-me-up would do far better consulting the back of a box of brownie mix, or a pint of Ben & Jerry's.
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Heather Whaley is an actress, writer, and lifelong eater. Her play, Social Note, was the first play to appear in the storied Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel. I Will Not Marry Anthony Porter! will have its Off-Broadway debut in 2009. Her television pilot, Sharon Shaw, is being developed for Lifetime, and her film project, Adult Children of Divorce, is currently in production. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
this is a fun cookbook. You should purchase it for the humor not the recipes. The problem is the books came looking old, boith had writing with black markers on the spine. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Denise M Nelson
This book has it all! Great humor, great ideas, great and delicious recipies...who could ask for anything more? I HIGHLY recommend this book for EVERYONE! Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Lory
The Sennheiser earphones surpassed all expectations!! It works well and has an excellent sound quality.Published on May 8, 2010 by B. Leidner
This hilarious book is one of a kind, and is the perfect cookbook for people who don't cook. Yes, there are actual recipes, but they are extremely easy, and the fun here is in... Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by Rachel Kramer Bussel
WOW...i guess ms. whaley hasn't heard that there are like 8 million women and girls with eating disorders in this country. eating disorders are SO hilarious. Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by daisyhead7
Being an avid home cook and owner of hundreds of cookbooks (and I use almost all of them), I am always looking for one more to try some new slant on a recipe or a new technique. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by C. Maynard
I have to say, I don't really see this as a cookbook in the traditional sense. I don't look to it for recipes or cooking inspiration, but when I want to share a laugh with family... Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by M. Boone
So, this isn't your average cookbook, or even your above average cookbook.
It's a strange blend of comedy and cookery. Read more