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The Bad-For-You Cookbook Paperback – January 15, 1992
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This spoof of a cookbook by zany satirists Maynard and Scheller ( Manifold Destiny ) is, in effect, a combination of radio talk-show banter and the best--and most bizarre--of Saturday Night Live. Devotees of lard, goose fat, butter and heavy cream (they actually recommend pouring heavy cream "into a glass and drinking it down likesic you would a cold beer on a hot day"), the authors alternately bash yuppies (a common enough sport), Baptists, and our Puritan American ancestry for the sad state of food hedonism today. (Serious food for thought.) Illustrated with charts (e.g., the James Beard Index for rating cookbooks by cooking fat percentage per published page), the book contains some recipes that are genuinely good (Caesar salad with fried oysters, turkey gravy). But most--from consomme with suet balls to lard cake to crab cakes with caul fatsic --are guaranteed to sicken even those who laugh loud and long. If the fat per portion doesn't do us in, then the raw eggs in the "killer nog"i.e., eggnog and the unboned chicken covered with batter for the chicken pudding will. Photos not seen by PW .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The introduction is worth the price, even if you ignore the recipes. The authors attack (rightly) the food scolds who try to run our lives through fear and intimidation.
The recipes are amazing. Yes, they are heavy with some of the ingredients that we are not "allowed" to eat, but once in a while or for a special occasion, are well worth a try.
Their "rich noodle sauce" makes the most amazing pasta I've ever tried. However, I have not tried their fried donut pudding recipe.....
This is a very entertaining "foodie" book and is highly recommended. Who knows? You might even find a recipe that you like.
(For readers with similar interests, I also highly recommend "The Man Who Ate Everything")
Plus it is a lot of fun to read.