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''Like good sausage, or a breakfast I once had in Manilla, Rebecca Coffey's new book is filled with things I can't describe and maybe don't want to know about. I only know it's wonderful.'' --Jon Potter, The Brattleboro Reformer

''Read the table of contents of Nietzsche's Angel Food Cake ...and Other 'Recipes' for the Intellectually Famished, and you're likely to chuckle aloud at offerings like Anais Nin's Hot Cross Buns, Geoffrey Chaucer's Stinking Bishop's Tart, Harper Lee's How to Kill a Mockingbird, and the cream of the crop, John Steinbeck's Crepes of Wrath. The list of dishes would, on its own, be enough to illustrate Coffey's gift for humor. It seems like a collection of punchy jokes that's self-sufficient. To take the joke a giant step further by actually creating the recipes would be, for most writers, a giant step right onto a banana peel, like continuing a joke after the punchline's delivered. A whole book of such stuff sounds like a task beyond hope. Coffey, however, is no amateur. ...'' --James Heflin, The Valley Advocate

''Oh my God, I love these! More! More! More! This will appeal to foodies and literary types, and will stretch the boundaries of the 'cookoir' genre, for sure.'' --Erika Penzer Kerekes, Food Columnist, L. A. Examiner

''So brilliantly funny--and insane, obsessive, sprawling, vivid, satisfying, and lush.'' --Dee LaDuke, TV Writer, Girlfriends and Designing Women.

''Absolutely fantastic stuff!'' --Binnie Klein, Radio Host, ''A Miniature World,'' WPKN-FM.

''Hilarious, smart, intensely literary, and delicious in every way.'' --Elissa Bassist, Humor and Women's Literature Editor, The Rumpus.

''This is an irreverent collection of literary riffs in the form of 'recipes' inspired by authors and their works. Full of puns and witty allusions, augmented by the author's line drawings and other illustrations, this would make a great gift for a bibliophile cook.'' Gilion Dumas, THE ROSE CITY READER.

''[Coffey] is delightfully witty, especially if you get her literary references. Should you not, don't feel badly: They're plentiful and pointed enough that you can hardly miss enjoying seeing Coffey hit her target.'' Nell Corley, THE COMMONS. --Book Reviews

''So brilliantly funny--and insane, obsessive, sprawling, vivid, satisfying, and lush.'' --Dee LaDuke, Writer, Girlfriends and Designing Women.

''Full of puns and witty allusions, augmented by the author's line drawings and other illustrations, this would make a great gift for a bibliophile cook.'' --Gilion Dumas, The Rose City Reader.

About the Author

Rebecca Coffey is a science journalist and humorist. She is the author of three books and contributes to Scientific American and Discover magazines, as well as to McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. She blogs for Psychology Today. She is a frequent guest on talk shows, and is an on-air commentator for Vermont Public Radio. Rebecca lives in Putney, VT.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Beck and Branch (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985403462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985403461
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,611,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By greenpoet "smallpoetatlarge" on December 12, 2013
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Rebecca Coffey's "Nietzsche's Angel Food Cake: And Other 'Recipes' for the Intellectually Famished" is an amusing and reflective romp. Though the 'recipes' are masked as jests, the wisdom behind them is compelling. This is a literate book that references a wide swath of writers, scientists, and artists. My favorite chapters engaged Fitzgerald, Nietzsche, Nin, and Mead. The latter came a bit close to home in the best way. I highly recommend this volume for a mix of mirth and insight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duo Dickinson on September 30, 2013
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A wee book of delicious density, Coffey's confection rewards curiosity with belly laughs. It's not easy to present food, literature, poetry, humor and unironic silliness without being stilted or inscrutable, but this book does just that.

The clever wackiness and sometimes startling depth of insight mesh with extraordinary deftness of prose to make this flavor bomb a perfect compliment to any literate mind with an appreciation for the absurd...eat it up!
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By Raul Ramos on January 23, 2014
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In Nietzsche's Angel Food Cake, Rebecca Coffey skewers some of the western world’s intellectual luminaries in a series of fanciful recipes that range from romantic to raw, admiring to acerbic, and wicked to winsome. All are invariably funny. This is a rare gem of a book that’s literate yet can joggle a belly laugh whether you’re reading it alone or sharing it aloud with friends.
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By Lynet on April 13, 2015
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fun! fun! fun! A great way to understand the philosophers better. It helps to know about them first before reading this parody on their ideas.
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