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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296587
  • ASIN: B005Q600W6
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,898,969 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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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 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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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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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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A warning, if you are easily offended by off the wall humor poking fun at heavier subjects (relationship turmoil, in-laws, depression, etc.), you might want to skip this one. At first, I thought this would be a new twist on the 'comfort food' genre of cookbooks, but I was a bit mistaken. It's more of a tragic comedy, almost, focusing more on the jibes at the expense of the lonely, blue, and frustrated.

For example, one of the recipes is "Mother in Law from Hell Taco Bell." The ingredients are empty; instead, the directions are to drive to the nearest Taco Bell and order the items listed. No cooking whatsoever! Well, not by yourself, anyways. Still, there is a rather hilarious commentary on your 'MIL from Hell' and the rationale for WHY you are going to Taco Bell instead of making dinner at home.

For the recipes that actually are there, you need to read between the lines for both the ingredients list and the directions. To avoid any spoilers, I won't get into specifics, but I will describe these foibles in generalities. Tucked in among the list of eggs, sugar, flour, and so forth, you might find ingredients like bourbon, cigarettes, firearms, pills, and the like. The directions are even more rife with non-culinary techniques, such as, "Open beer and consume." That's just the tip of the comedic iceberg, but again, that is if this type of humor appeals to you. Personally, I found it riotously hilarious, but I love dark comedy and this book provides it in large servings.

The actual recipes themselves are pretty simplistic and easy to follow along with, once you read the instructions through first to weed out the nonsensical items. The dishes are easy to make and pretty much define comfort food for many Americans these days.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Kay VINE VOICE on July 29, 2009
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Whether you will like this book or not, depends almost entirely on your sense of humor -- what kinds of things you find funny. Despite the presence of numerous actual recipes, this is a humor book, not a cookbook. Humor is a tricky thing, especially if it is tied to potentially emotionally sensitive events. Some people, probably a lot of them, are going to think this book is hilarious. For me, there were "recipes" that were quite funny and "recipes" that were not remotely amusing, but most of the book was okay but not so amusing that I'd want to call my friends to tell them about it. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary.

I had been looking forward to this book but it was not what I expected. I knew it would be humorous but I thought it would have funny stories or anecdotes followed by some recipes. And I hoped the recipes would be more appealing; something I'd actually want to make. More specifically, I thought it might be something like The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner) which has humor but also some pretty yummy sounding recipes (at least if you like chocolate, sweet and salty foods with a high fat content!). And I thought the humor would be separate from the recipes, rather than a part of the recipe instructions.

So what do you get with this book? A number of recipes, the title of which indicate the particular disturbing life event or condition, such as "Gravy Cheese Fries for a Big Fat Fatty," "Caught Mom and Dad in the Act Tater Tot Casserole," "Unwanted Pregnancy Kielbasa and Sauerkraut," and "Reluctant Breadwinner's Quiche for Resentful Wives of Stay-at-Home Dad.
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