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Feeling hungry? How about some Snozzcumbers for a snack, or a Fresh Mudburger for dinner? Or perhaps you're in the mood for Stink Bugs' Eggs. Fans of Roald Dahl will recognize his peculiar culinary inventions from his many books--now, these dubious delights are collected all together in Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes, a compendium of dishes that sound worse than they really are. Stink Bug Eggs, for example, are really deviled eggs with some food coloring and a special, added ingredient (parmesan cheese or asafetida) to make them particularly aromatic. Mr. Twit's Beard Food consists of mashed potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, mushrooms, and cocktail franks cunningly arranged. Each recipe is simple to make, many are delightfully disgusting to contemplate, but all are easy on the palate. Roald Dahl himself would have been delighted to eat these ravishingly revolting recipes.

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Hungry? Perhaps a serving of "Scrambled Dregs" or "Hair Toffee to Make Hair Grow on Bald Men" will hit the spot. Recipes for these and the additional delicacies mentioned in the late Roald Dahl's (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) work are hereby adapted for the home kitchen, thanks to the author's widow. Dahl, one suspects, would have been tickled: the offerings are heavily weighted on the side of sweets, and the order of presentation defies adult logic. True to the book's title, there are some recipes of questionable kid appeal (the green pea soup from The Witches; or cod, scallions and spices spread on bread and fried, identified as "Mosquitoes' Toes and Wampfish Roes Most Delicately Fried"). The graphics, meanwhile, are deliciously playful: Blake's inimitable, droll drawings interact cleverly with Baldwin's food photography. For example, cartoony characters clad in pajamas snooze on a silhouetted photo of "Eatable Marshmallow Pillows." Despite the child-oriented tone, a number of recipes require adult participation by virtue of cursory directions or tricky maneuvers (e.g., ensuring that mixtures boil to specific temperatures). All ages.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140378200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140378207
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to"a wonderful faraway place. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.The BFG is dedicated to the memory of Roald Dahls eldest daughter, Olivia, who died from measles when she was seven - the same age at which his sister had died (fron appendicitis) over forty years before. Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anita Bath on May 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
A total blast. My friends loved the candy coated pencils best. Great for sucking during class. A fun book. With easy to follow instructions. Even my 9 year old sister loves it. YUMMY!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nick on November 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Roald Dahl, the famous story teller. Who hasn't read his all time classic: "Charlie and the Choclate Factory" and its follow up "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" and drool over the many different types of candy featured in these books? From Hot Ice Cream You Can Eat On Cold Days, Candy Pencils You Can Eat In Class and Marshmallow Pillows, this book features all the wonderful treats that were described in Roald Dahl's books.
Over fifteen different recipes, this books teaches you how to make these wonderful dishes. Step by step, making these treats couldn't be easier !
Illustrated by Quentin Blake with his lively pictures, once you have made the foodstuff, sit back, relax and enjoy the treats with your favourite Roald Dahl book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If I could give this book 6 stars, I would! I love all the things in here and they all taste very good, especially the stickjaw for talkative parents!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1999
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Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes is a great book. And, the best thing about it is, the recipes aren't revolting! If you get this book, I would recommend the recipes you try first are Frogscottle or Hot Frogs. I guaruntee there are recipes that everyone will like in this book. Also, all of the recipes come from books that Roald Dahl has written.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great cookbook with foods that are so good, and allare from stories by Roald Dahl. It has peach juice, from James and theGiant Peach, a whole bunch of great candys from Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Lots of others, definately a must buy for children. The best cookbook ever!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
It is filld with the best recipes from Roald Dahl's books. I have tried many of the recipes in in it and they are all wonderfull! I once used two of the rcipes for a class project, because I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My class loved the food!
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By Wendy Wojda on May 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm not really sure that I'd ever eat anything from this cookbook on a regular basis, but it makes a great gift for anyone who loves the Roald Dahl books. I think the recipies are more for something like parties or if you have a picky eater.
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By K. Fagan on December 9, 2013
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Daughter was hooked on Roald Dahl's book (thus were we). Bought the cookbook to enhance her library; she used recipes for Dahl-based 10th birthday party she planned for herself. Roaring success!
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