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Kooky Cookery Kindle Edition

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Length: 80 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Bryan Ballinger is uniquely qualified to be a professional self-published food commentator as he’s been eating for as long as he can remember.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9581 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058JTHW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bryan Ballinger has an Illustration degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design and a master's degree in Writing for Children from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He has worked for companies such as Nintendo Power Magazine, Microsoft and Big Idea productions, the producers of Veggie Tales children's videos. In addition, he is a professor of Digital Media Arts at Huntington University. Bryan's illustrations are featured in many different mediums and they have won many awards.

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Format: Paperback
This book is a must for retro-philes and those with a good sense of humor. From the vintage photos and illustrations of magazines and cook-books gone by, to the thought and word balloons as well as additional comments, this book is fun. Having grown up in the waning days of the 60's, a lot of these dishes were still served to us at family get togethers and holidays. Actually surviving "ham loaf" and "aspic" (yes, you pronounce it just like you fear you would), I now look back with a shiver and a giggle as I read through these recipes.
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I will be purchasing more of this funny, interesting and educational cook book! What a wonderful Christmas gift, especially for those of us who either remember eating meals similar to the ones in this book or cooking from the same recipes! I loved experiencing the humor, the photos and the obvious talent of Mr. Ballinger. I hope there are more books in the making!
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A wacky walk down the memory lane of quirky cuisine, Kooky Cookery has it all - from "Carbuncle Balls" to "Luncheon Lobes," from "Aspic Brick O' Chick" to "Caramel Slumps." Ballinger comically combines vintage "unappetizing" photos with ironic commentary to celebrate the dubious dishes of the "Golden Age" of oddball concoctions. The book is a zany, retro romp through one of the weirder epochs of American cookery. Ballinger's unique style and sense of humor makes for a nostalgic treasure trove of edible absurdity. Some readers will remember, some will be grateful they don't. All will have a laugh! This is not your ordinary cookbook! In short, it's a hoot! Whatever Ballinger decides to cook up next, this reader is looking forward to a second helping.
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This book is for anyone who love campy, wacky, retro humor. Nearly every page will have you scratching your head wondering what the heck were they thinking when they came up with this recipe.... AND who the heck thought that photograph looked appetizing.

If you work in advertising, graphic design, commercial art, sales, or anything closely related, you'll really appreciate how terrible some of these recipes look.

The book is hilarious fun from start to finish. I'd highly recommend it as a gift for that person in your life who has an off-beat sense of humor.

-Paul
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Brian Ballinger has just made it to the top of the list of people I'd like to have lunch with (you know: "If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?"). This book is beyond funny. I remember my grandmother proudly making some recipes similar to these and our reactions to them (my siblings and I felt much as Brian does, but we weren't able to articulate those feelings nearly as well). Brian has taken actual, published, popular commercial, mid-century recipes; provided more appropriate titles for each one; and added his own commentary. The results are fantastic. When I was reading the book, my kid came in from playing with his friends in the yard to find out if anything was wrong because of the ungodly noises emanating from my window - laughing, hooting, howling, and other sounds for which I have no name. I laughed so hard and so long that I had to whip out the asthma inhaler. I implore you - please read this book!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I found myself laughing all the way through this book. Bryan Ballinger has researched hostess recipes from the past, complete with the Donna Reed'esque models to show us mortals how real cooking was once done. The photographs alone give me new appreciation for the cooking channel recipes. I mean - only a paranormal creature could salivate over something like caramel slumps and live to tell the tale.

Just goes to show you that fact is stranger than fiction. This cookbook is truly "Kooky" and a fun addition to any cookbook repertoire.
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