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Eat Your Feelings: Recipes for Self-Loathing Hardcover – September 17, 2009

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Though billed as "Amy Sedaris meets a warped Martha Stewart," this painful attempt from writer and actress Whaley falls far short on both counts. Ostensibly a tongue-in-cheek collection of dishes suitable for specific misfortunes and awkward moments, Whaley only manages to expand on the discomfort. Aside from listing props in ingredient lists ("Stir Fry for Stretch Marks," calls for an "old lady bathing suit"; "Moving to Russia To Look For Work Chocobanbutt Panini" calls for more accoutrements than foodstuffs), Whaley includes "recipes" like "MIL From Hell Taco Bell," a list of things to order from the fast food chain when mother-in-law is pushing your buttons. Subtlety and charm are not part of Whaley's repertoire, so crass comedy abounds: "Unwanted Pregnancy Kielbasa and Sauerkraut" lists qualities one should look for in an adoptive family ("must not be likely to sell child on black market"); "Mom's Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup for Closet Cases" reminds readers to use dairy butter, not "boy butter." Readers dealing with depression, irritating family members or simply in the mood for a comfort food pick-me-up would do far better consulting the back of a box of brownie mix, or a pint of Ben & Jerry's.
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"A hilarious read when you're feelin' down and hungry."—Daily Candy

"I laughed my way through Eat Your Feelings. She has the perfect recipe to cheer you up—no matter what life throws at you."—Every Day with Rachael Ray

"They say the cure for loneliness is laughter... and food. Well, here it is in one hilarious, delicious package."—Christian Lander, New York Times bestselling author of Stuff White People Like

"[It] fills my heart with joy."—The Book Bench, The New Yorker

"Recipes for the confidence-intolerant."—Vanity Fair

"Priceless. For anyone in danger of OD'ing on the profusion of romance... this is the perfect antidote."—Epicurious.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press; 1st edition (September 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630590
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,689,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Judy Smith VINE VOICE on August 16, 2009
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This book has recipes although they contain some strange ingredients! Like the one called, "Who's the Daddy? Flapjacks." You get the usual ingredients for flapjacks but the author has added a DNA testing kit and 1/4 tsp saliva from each possible daddy to the recipe. She then tells the story of how you can tell who the daddy is while telling how to mix the ingredients. They are all like this. I think one even had arsenic in it (so be sure and leave that ingredient out if you use the recipe!) I think it was the one for a cheating boyfriend.

The recipes are all simple ones (comfort food type recipes) but it's the way she writes the directions that are hilarious. Here is what some of the recipes are called...Best Friend is a Total Bitch Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Sky High Banana Cream Pie Because You are Dating a Married Guy, Jalapeno Poppers for When Your Only Friends are People You Met in a Chat Room, etc.

So, yes you can use the recipes if you delete a few of the obvious wrong item in the recipe, but the book is more for the humor than the recipe. Be prepared to laugh til you cry!
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this is a fun cookbook. You should purchase it for the humor not the recipes. The problem is the books came looking old, boith had writing with black markers on the spine. I purchased for gifts & wont be able to give them, they look like I got them from a thrift store
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This was the funniest book I have read in a LONG time!
I was reading it in bed one night, and I was laughing out loud it was so funny. My Husband turned over and started to read over my shoulder, pretty soon he was laughing out loud too. He then snatched the book right out of my hands, and started to read out loud all while laughing (I could not understand a word he was trying to say). He then stole the book from me, until he read it from cover to cover....
So I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a snarky sense of humor, just hide it from people until you are done with it, if you want to finish the book!
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This is the funniest and most fun cookbook I've ever read. Not healthy by any means, but where's the fun in that? Get it and laugh your a@@ off while making it spread!!
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This was an unexpected find. Food to suit your mood. The recipe names, the ingredients are comical. We all smiled and laughed.
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And definitely not Julia Child's cookbooks or recipes. But I loved it, anyway. There are some good recipes, some great recipes, and some so-so recipes. But this book is primarily and exercise in dark humor (I know it's been said, but just in case somebody missed it.)
But it's hilariously funny, especially for those bad days that everybody has occasionally. If you're looking for low calorie or nutritionally balanced, steer clear of this book. But if you're looking for some laughs along with your recipes, this is the book for you.
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Whether you will like this book or not, depends almost entirely on your sense of humor -- what kinds of things you find funny. Despite the presence of numerous actual recipes, this is a humor book, not a cookbook. Humor is a tricky thing, especially if it is tied to potentially emotionally sensitive events. Some people, probably a lot of them, are going to think this book is hilarious. For me, there were "recipes" that were quite funny and "recipes" that were not remotely amusing, but most of the book was okay but not so amusing that I'd want to call my friends to tell them about it. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary.

I had been looking forward to this book but it was not what I expected. I knew it would be humorous but I thought it would have funny stories or anecdotes followed by some recipes. And I hoped the recipes would be more appealing; something I'd actually want to make. More specifically, I thought it might be something like The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner) which has humor but also some pretty yummy sounding recipes (at least if you like chocolate, sweet and salty foods with a high fat content!). And I thought the humor would be separate from the recipes, rather than a part of the recipe instructions.

So what do you get with this book? A number of recipes, the title of which indicate the particular disturbing life event or condition, such as "Gravy Cheese Fries for a Big Fat Fatty," "Caught Mom and Dad in the Act Tater Tot Casserole," "Unwanted Pregnancy Kielbasa and Sauerkraut," and "Reluctant Breadwinner's Quiche for Resentful Wives of Stay-at-Home Dad.
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Heh. Food humor. Love the stuff. Combine it with a treasure trove of cringe humor and a metric ton of Murphy's Law and you get this book.

Many, though not all, of the recipes in here are actually workable, although a lot of them are Sandra Lee-esque and probably not very appetizing when actually tried out. For a serious cookbook, that would be a major fault, but it's really beside the point when you're dealing with this kind of thing, because it's really more about the narratives woven into the recipes. The stories find humor in some impressively dark situations, going for Refuge In Audacity in many cases ranging from relatively mild (catching your parents having sex, office mortification, school politics) to "what the hell was the author thinking" (birthdays on 9/11, alopecia, murder). The book is unrelentingly cynical and evil, and as a result is just plain hilarious (especially if you actually identify with some of the situations in here).

This is not the sort of book that would appeal to everyone. You really have to be willing to identify with the situations in this book and have a sense of humor about it, and if you can identify with the more tragic parts, you have to be far enough along in your recovery that you can laugh at the mixture of trauma and absurdity. It is not a book for gift-giving; it's something you would buy for yourself for a private laugh or two, or three, or eighty. (Okay, well, if you know the receiver is a 4chan aficionado, it's good for them. But not otherwise.) You might call it an exercise in tasty tastelessness.
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