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Kooky Cookery [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Ballinger
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What do bricks of tomato gelatin, pizzas made with baked beans, and hors-d’oeuvre impaled Santas have in common? They’re all part of American’s rich and fragrant history of bizarre food concoctions. Kooky Cookery is a campy cookbook parody and humorous archive of the nation’s Golden Age of peculiar creations.

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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.

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  • File Size: 9571 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058JTHW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By db
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kooky and Kreative! August 3, 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stomach churning kookiness at it's best!! October 23, 2011
By Paulrus
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever! January 18, 2012
I love this little book! I spend a good amount of time reading cookbooks, but this is the quirkiest one I have ever encountered. Great little illustrations throughout, I've shared it with family and friends and they have all had a good laugh looking through it.

Made the cheeseburger pancakes for a get together with my girlfriends, they turned out great!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is a fun read... June 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
But, I was hoping to see more true retro recipes and the book was a bit shorter than I orignally thought, but still enjoyable.
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More About the Author

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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