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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press (September 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630590
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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About the Author

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.
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This is a good book for a lazy summer read on the beach.
Chicago Book Addict
And a lot of these recipes sound really good, but because the joke is worked into the recipe, its hard to understand what to do.
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I was reading it in bed one night, and I was laughing out loud it was so funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy Smith VINE VOICE on August 16, 2009
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This book has recipes although they contain some strange ingredients! Like the one called, "Who's the Daddy? Flapjacks." You get the usual ingredients for flapjacks but the author has added a DNA testing kit and 1/4 tsp saliva from each possible daddy to the recipe. She then tells the story of how you can tell who the daddy is while telling how to mix the ingredients. They are all like this. I think one even had arsenic in it (so be sure and leave that ingredient out if you use the recipe!) I think it was the one for a cheating boyfriend.

The recipes are all simple ones (comfort food type recipes) but it's the way she writes the directions that are hilarious. Here is what some of the recipes are called...Best Friend is a Total Bitch Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Sky High Banana Cream Pie Because You are Dating a Married Guy, Jalapeno Poppers for When Your Only Friends are People You Met in a Chat Room, etc.

So, yes you can use the recipes if you delete a few of the obvious wrong item in the recipe, but the book is more for the humor than the recipe. Be prepared to laugh til you cry!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nishant Agarwal VINE VOICE on November 19, 2009
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This was an unexpected find. Food to suit your mood. The recipe names, the ingredients are comical. We all smiled and laughed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NaughtiLiterati VINE VOICE on August 27, 2009
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This is the funniest and most fun cookbook I've ever read. Not healthy by any means, but where's the fun in that? Get it and laugh your a@@ off while making it spread!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agatha Kristy on August 19, 2009
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This was the funniest book I have read in a LONG time!
I was reading it in bed one night, and I was laughing out loud it was so funny. My Husband turned over and started to read over my shoulder, pretty soon he was laughing out loud too. He then snatched the book right out of my hands, and started to read out loud all while laughing (I could not understand a word he was trying to say). He then stole the book from me, until he read it from cover to cover....
So I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a snarky sense of humor, just hide it from people until you are done with it, if you want to finish the book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia R. Andersen VINE VOICE on July 25, 2009
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And definitely not Julia Child's cookbooks or recipes. But I loved it, anyway. There are some good recipes, some great recipes, and some so-so recipes. But this book is primarily and exercise in dark humor (I know it's been said, but just in case somebody missed it.)
But it's hilariously funny, especially for those bad days that everybody has occasionally. If you're looking for low calorie or nutritionally balanced, steer clear of this book. But if you're looking for some laughs along with your recipes, this is the book for you.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Connors VINE VOICE on July 21, 2009
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Heh. Food humor. Love the stuff. Combine it with a treasure trove of cringe humor and a metric ton of Murphy's Law and you get this book.

Many, though not all, of the recipes in here are actually workable, although a lot of them are Sandra Lee-esque and probably not very appetizing when actually tried out. For a serious cookbook, that would be a major fault, but it's really beside the point when you're dealing with this kind of thing, because it's really more about the narratives woven into the recipes. The stories find humor in some impressively dark situations, going for Refuge In Audacity in many cases ranging from relatively mild (catching your parents having sex, office mortification, school politics) to "what the hell was the author thinking" (birthdays on 9/11, alopecia, murder). The book is unrelentingly cynical and evil, and as a result is just plain hilarious (especially if you actually identify with some of the situations in here).

This is not the sort of book that would appeal to everyone. You really have to be willing to identify with the situations in this book and have a sense of humor about it, and if you can identify with the more tragic parts, you have to be far enough along in your recovery that you can laugh at the mixture of trauma and absurdity. It is not a book for gift-giving; it's something you would buy for yourself for a private laugh or two, or three, or eighty. (Okay, well, if you know the receiver is a 4chan aficionado, it's good for them. But not otherwise.) You might call it an exercise in tasty tastelessness.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gordon M. Wagner VINE VOICE on July 21, 2009
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Oh, and by the way, it's a cookbook. Truly unique book, it's a regular cookbook on the one hand (with some unusual ingredients in some recipe lists) and at the same time it's a sharp and biting observation on modern life -- wildly funny and focused, absolutely scathing and get-you-behind-your-eyeballs precise. I'd never heard of the author but if she's half as funny in real time as she is this book I'd like to find out more about her. The humor is manic yet tightly controlled and ultra-precise. I keep wanting to use the word "laser" for just how precise the humor is -- sharp and biting, yet completely charming. Kind of Miss-Manners-on-antidepressants-and-acid. I love this kind of humor. Think of P.J. O'Rourke without the neanderthal political nonsense and smarm. This book just sizzles. The thorough cataloging of modern personal disasters paired with a comfort food recipe geared to a given sitution is hysterically funny, laugh-out-loud funny. When is the last time a cookbook made you LAUGH? This would be an outstanding gift for friends with a sense of humor. Lively, self-deprecating, smart and funny.
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