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Private chef Walker, formerly a creative executive for Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network, puts his talents to misogynistic ends in this off-putting cookbook, aimed at the young male demographic who made Tucker Max a bestseller and treat The Game as a guide to life. Dedicated to helping novices "cook an amazing meal and bring out their date's inner slut," Walker presents basic cooking and entertaining techniques doused in graphic anecdotes, casual insults, frat-boy innuendos and plenty of disdain for the opposite sex. Sound advice on presentation, kitchen essentials, wine pairings, and flirting is buried amidst Walker's steadfast commitment to the low road, including digressions on farting, recipe titles like "Tap That Ass-paragus Soup" and "Miso Horny Cod," and witless bon mots like, "boozing has always been as American as apple pie eaten off Betsy Ross' tits." Stale chauvinist humor aside, Walker's guide doesn't live up to its potential, content to circle the drain endlessly with a tiring litany of female stereotypes and recycled seduction strategies.
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“He teaches you how to tap your inner Julia Child and easily tap that girl's…” ―Houston Chronicle

“A bumper-to-bumper culinary seduction guide covering everything from drink pairing to mood music.” ―Huffington Post

“Walker's step-by-step process turns Chef Boyardee into Chef Justgotlaidlastnight.” ―AOL's Asylum

“Don't take Walker's word for it: according to celebrity chef Mario Batali, 'There's two ways to make someone happy-both are by putting something in them.'” ―Newsweek

“Spencer Walker's highly manticipated Cook to Bang.” ―NY Magazine

“Miss Manners it's not, but undoubtedly smart stuff.” ―Philadelphia City Paper

“I would suggest this book to anyone who likes to read, cook, laugh or wants to get closer to a lady friend.” ―Bobby D Radio Show

“The methodology for the making of true romance can be found in Walker's masterpiece, 'Cook to Bang'.” ―Crave Online

“Walker is a culinary pioneer.” ―University of Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Product Details

  • Series: The Lay Cook's Guide to Getting Laid
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312600186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312600181
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My friend gave this book to me as a gag gift, since I've been a single lady
for a quite a little while. While I thought this was a book for moronic
guys, I read it in a single plane ride. The old man sitting next to me kept
looking over wondering what was so funny. Let's just say I appreciated the
humor more than he did, bible in his lap. The author Spencer Walker is like
the perverted male Carrie Bradshaw. Cook To Bang is funnier than it is
informative, and written with tongue firmly in cheek. Still ladies can learn
as much as guys in the art of foodie seduction. Yum!
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Loved this book. I laughed out loud at least once a chapter. When he goes through every different type of girl and the things they each like to eat -priceless. But it also makes a brilliant point that had never occurred to me for some reason - cooking is a great way to impress women. It's so true. And since I have been known to burn Ramen Noodles, it is a much-needed guide. Already tried one of the recipes, it's easy to follow and I actually made something that tastes good!
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This book is less of a cookbook and more of an attitude overhaul. The first few pages had me laughing so hard my wife thought I was crazy. Walker has a very loose writing style that I (late 20's male) can identify with immediately. His personality is stamped onto every page. I actually read it in one sitting. The suggestions of the book are more subtle than the title would have you think. The two main ideas of the book are: lighten up about sex, and eat healthy. There is a nice progression of these ideas all the way through. The recipes aren't bad at all either. One can definitely tell Spencer spent some time in a kitchen (and that he loves avocados). Great pleasure read with the added bonus of some some nice meals, and some delicious sounding drinks.
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This book was a birthday gift along with a set of cooking knives. I think my girlfriend was trying to tell me something. It is a very entertaining read that I'd say is more of a humor book than a cookbook. But it does makes you laugh throughout and the recipes are quite good. The brownie recipe in the Aphrodisiacs Anonymous chapter under Chocolate = Crack in particular is great. I have made them twice with nothing but praise. This is great book for guys interested in cooking who want a little bit more than just a book of rehashed recipes. Bang-a-licious!
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While it contains recipes and cooking advice, don't mistake Cook to Bang for a mere cook book--it is, in fact, a very funny take on the modern dating scene. The Cook to Bang concept is rooted in the author's real life experiences and he uses it to riff on everything from aphrodisiacs to how to extinguish a date you've accidentally set on fire; I found the section on Cooking to Bang through history particularly funny.

The cooking advice is real and solid (apparently Mr. Walker was a sous chef and it shows in his recipes) but it's the humor that makes this book worth the read.
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As someone who has both cooked these recipes and tasted the after-effects, this is the real deal. The Mango Salsa is a STRONG aphrodisiac. Can't say enough about the work here. It may seem like kitsch at first glance, but the relationship between food and sex is unimpeachable. Walker nails this idea to the wall... or the bedpost I guess. Great gift book.
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