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Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine! Paperback – August 4, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (August 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375751408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375751400
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Feeling a mite peckish on those long road trips? Pack along this humorous cookbook and whip up Cajun-style shrimp in your car or recreational vehicle. All you need are shrimp, pork fat, "whatever 'Cajun' seasonings you've seen advertised," a set of wheels and someplace to go. Cook on a medium-hot part of the engine for about 55 miles. If that's too much work, pick up several stuffed peppers (preferably from a backwater North Jersey Italian deli), wrap them in foil and pop under the hood. Maynard, a photographer, and Scheller, a travel writer, are as adept at roasting trendy cookery as they are at warming pastrami sandwiches while they drive an auto rally. They teach drivers to view their vehicles in a new way, locating cooking surfaces via the "burn your finger" method of temperature verification. They may even change the way people select new cars: the Chevrolet Celebrity GL offers six servings, while the Camry has only three but sports a bun warmer, a feature seldom mentioned in Toyota ads. The authors sober up to serve a clear warning: carelessness under the hood can be dangerous to car and driver. Illustrations not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"[A] witty, cleverly conceived and actually workable guide." -- Los Angeles Times

"You'll be the envy of everyone at the rest stop!" -- Missoula Independent

"[A] witty, informative paperback by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller, a couple of fun-and-food-loving guys who first published in 1989 to let chefs and chauffeurs know they can cook up a right smart snack or meal using the heat of the engine while driving on a reasonably long trip." -- Chicago Tribune --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Fun Reading, Great recipes Will try many of the great sugestions.
Desert Rat
Eating out of the engine bay of your car, hood open will doubtlessly attract the attension of those travelling down the highway.
Christopher Corner
I had heard an interview on NPR with the author and decided I needed to read this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Al Kihano on December 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
The cooking times in _Manifold Destiny_ are given in mileage. This cookbook lists many tasty dishes and gives detailed, practical advice on how to prepare them on your car engine.
It works like this: find a hot spot on your engine, then wrap your food in tin foil, wedge the package into the hot spot, and drive....
Pull up the hood when you stop, then unwrap the package and chow down. I tried salmon filets with a suburban; they cooked very nicely after about fifty miles.
This book is a genuine contribution to cookbook literature.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Kindle & Ipod Fan on September 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was given Manifold Destiny in the early 1990s for a college graduation gift because my friends knew that I was going to travel a lot (and did) by car. It was a hilarious read and I enjoyed it. However, unlike the majority of reviewers here, I actually TRIED a bunch of recipes. Folks, I'm here to tell you that your results aren't as good as the read. I even secured the efforts of a couple of truckers (who had years of experience cooking food on their engines) and found out that newer cars are better insulated, making cooking anywhere on their engines mighty difficult. Not to mention that everything is STEAMED. Got that? You know what my steak with mushrooms looked like 4 hours after being attached near the hot part of the engine block? Disgusting and undercooked. Chicken wasn't much better. Steamed vegetables weren't ever completely done no matter where they were placed. I tested this in 8 different states (including Hawaii) and 4 different vehicles. My college buddy did try fish in a Chevy truck on the way to Montana. That seemed to work well, but the flavor was not that great. Manifold Destiny was a great idea whose time has passed. I'll stick to wayside stops and my campstove, thank you.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael Christman on July 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have an old edition of this book (eighties) and I have been amused by it from start to finish. The premise sounds wacky but the authors, despite their obvious humor, are serious. Anyone who likes to cook will love this book- in fact, the more serious the better, since the book takes such a preposterously irreverent approach to recipes and dining.
It's also uniquely American- I can't imagine this book being born in any other culture. Buy it, if you can find it, it's a gem.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
We saw this book at a tourist shop, bought it, used it, loved it. It came in handy & worked great on our little 4-banger. As 2 students traveling up the West Coast camping, we were on a tight budget & really appreciated the cooking tips. Now over a decade later, I can't find it anywhere. : (
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Meryse on December 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
The first thing you are likely to wonder is why used copies of this book often go for [fifty dollars] or more in online auctions. Here's why. Once having read it, you'd really truly miss the ability to share it with disbelieving friends. I admit, I am biased, since I happen to have the same type of vehicle/kitchen used in the writing and testing of these recipes. If you own a different type of vehicle, your mileage may vary. Sorry, couldn't resist. It's hilarious reading even if you don't have the guts to try it yourself. The somewhat prosiac nature of the recipes, as derided by one reviewer, actually serves to heighten the surrealism. If you're attracted to the title, the book won't disappoint.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Clopha Deshotel on February 28, 2000
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First read of this book was part of a lark to add something unique to a virtual drive down the Pan-American Highway from Alaska down to Argentina; high school assignment on modernized version of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. And now that there are these foil cooking pouches available, this is even easier than before. The humor is great, but this is very practical way to make a vacation a frugal one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1998
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Hysterical book about cooking on your car engine while driving, e.g. wrap food X in aluminim and cook 20 minutes at 55 mph on top of your alternator. Thank goodness this out-of-print classic has come back into publication!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Inquiring reader on January 3, 2005
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Manifold Destiny, how to cook on your car engine, is entertaining to read but practical in application. Imagine, if you will, dining on cajun shrimp in garlic rather than McFast Food while motoring to your destination. Recipes for Thruway Chicken Thighs, Hyundai Halibut, Merritt Parkway Veal Scalllopine or Safe-At-Any-Speed Eggplant suggest some of the haute cuisine which can be tucked under the hood of your car for an over the road treat. Presented with both culinary wisdom and a sense of humor, Manifold Destiny is fun to read but serves as a real cookbook as well. Rather than recommending specific cooking times, recipes note the number of miles you should drive before expecting you meal to be done. What a way to plan rest stops! A sure winner.
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