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The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook: They Came, They Cooked, They Left (But We Ended Up with Some Great Recipes) Hardcover – June 1, 2002
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About the Author
Erin Ergenbright and Thisbe Nissen met at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where they spent many nights discussing gastronomic creations gained from ex-boyfriends and moved with their four cats into a farmhouse outside Iowa City where it was very cold in the winter. They ate frozen bagels, drank red wine, reminisced about their ex-boyfriends' culinary delights, and kept their fingers warm by collaging. Erin, Lucy, and Sinclair now live in Oregon. Thisbe, Fernanda, and Maisie remain in Iowa. Both Erin and Thisbe hope one day they will meet men they love as much as their cats, but they are not holding their breath.
- Item Weight : 1.36 pounds
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060185201
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.25 x 8.5 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060185206
- Publisher : William Morrow; 1st edition (June 1, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,393,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book opens with Cream Cheese Brownies, a recipe from the mother of a prom date. The mother was more into the author than her son, and was more crushed when they broke up. But what do you expect when the author made out with a waiter after her prom instead of her date? For a recipe for refrigerator cookies, she traded a pencil sharpener with her ex. While Proust may have remembered things past due to a pastry, the author recalls an English toffee recipe when the "new" girlfriend of her ex-bf moves into the apartment next door to her and she can hear them communicating through the thin walls. From Sam, a ditch digger and a Bud drinker who went to prison, one of the authors got an apple crisp recipe. From David Goldberg, a guy who once owned a ferret and liked to make out in fast food restaurant toilets, she got a Passover chocolate torte recipe. And from a neighbor she never dated, but who rarely failed to satisfy his dates, she got a "morning after" coitus coffee cake recipe.
Henry, who planned to lose his virginity in high school with one of the authors, made some nice buckwheat pancakes in the morning; from a young Iowa dental student who she met picking apples, well at least attempting to pick ones (who proposed marriage after 3 weeks), an author got a cottage cheese pancakes recipe; from Ralph, she got popcorn cake, made of popped corn and gumdrops and peanuts and M&M's; and from some masked man at a Halloween Party, she got a banana choco chip cake recipe (they threw a banana focused party in their banana yellow house one October, and he gave her this recipe the next morning). Lemon Lush is a lemon pudding, cool whip and cream cheese mixture atop a flour crust that she got from a guy who kissed her passionately in the bathroom at a drunken wedding. They later corresponded but when they met again, she realized that reality, weddings, memories, and literary letters do not always converge. Eli, for whom she had to buy $20 worth of extra large condoms, gave her his tossed spicy vegetables recipe
Although most of the recipes are for snacks, soups, dips, drinks, salads and simple items, there are a few larger dishes. They include Thai Tom Yum Goong from a fellow Peace Corps volunteer, and Ezra's Sticky Chicken, marinated in vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce, with whom she got splinters on a decaying dock in a pond one day.
The book feeds your stomach as well as your desire to be a voyeur
That's the premise under which I purchased and have used this book. I don't think the authors intended this to be a great read, just a collection of good recipes with ancedotes about the boys or men that provided the recipes.
Now, about the recipes... I have made several dishes and all have been fantastic. The recipes are divided into six categories:Sweet, Fluffy Things, Savory, Spicy, Slippery and Substantial Things. The recipes I've tried (and loved) are:
Liam's Refrigerator Cookies
Arthur's Easy Apple Dessert
Wesley's Cottage Cheese Pancakes(delicious!)
Josh's Spinach-Strawberry Salad (great for potlucks)
Will's Wonderful Wings
Sullivan's Cold Rice Salad(goes great with the wings)
Brady's Pepper cheese dip(awesome)- this recipe alone is worth the price of the book.
Ezra's Sticky Chicken -- My Favorite Recipe
If traditional cookbooks are your thing, this is not the book for you. But if you want some unique, easy and pretty darn good recipes, you won't be disappointed.
But why didn't I think of this! There's no way that it can be classified as just a "cookbook"; after all - I paid good money for a hardback copy and didn't even have a gift certificate. And no, that was not because I was looking for a "how to cook your ex" book.
Funny, insightful, poignant, it tells the story of each food featured by way of the tales of the men who introduced the authors to that particular bit of delicioso.
We all gain and often lose something as a result of our relationships, however brief. The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook: They Came, They Cooked, They Left (But We Ended Up with Some Great Recipes) explores, albeit briefly, the men, mothers, therapists, laundry meeting places, and losses while celebrating the gains in gastronomic goodies. Who knew?
But while I'm on the subject, John Mark, on whatever golf course you play today, thanks for the cold tuna, rice, peas and carrots salad recipe. It outlasted my stint as country club girlfriend & even made it all the way through suburban mom-ism.
I just wish there was a book category that read:
how to / relationship issues & insights / lessons learned / barbecue tips !
Knowing that the two most powerful things in most of our lives are food and love, this is a clever twist on short stories. Each story has a complimentary recipe associated with it. All I have to say is you are bound to met interesting men while working at farms. (You'll have to read the stories) Who would have thought it could be such a pick-up place?!?!?
I highly recommend this crafty culinary romp for the recipes and the stories. They will make you laugh, cringe, shake your head in belief (yes, not disbelief)and hungry!