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Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook Paperback – December 1, 2010

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“There are a few guys who have rightly earned themselves the title of ‘culinary bad boy’ in the past few years…Anthony Bourdain…Marco Pierre White…David Chang… But these guys are nothing compared to the heavy metal home cooks who contributed the recipes for Annick Giroux’s new cookbook Hellbent For Cooking.” —Serious Eats.com

“Part global cookbook, part underground metal compendium” —New York Post

"What these bands have in common is metal—an art form, an attitude, a lifestyle. It's not just a gimmick in the cookbook context; it comes screaming through the recipes." —LA Weekly

"Hellbent for Cooking is a true metalhead cookbook."—Houston Press

“Sweet book indeed! I unveiled the secret of the best pizza in the world. Customers of my restaurant would have killed to get the recipe!” —Schmier, Destruction

“Positively no false meals…every single metalhead who gets around in the kitchen needs this book.” —Decibel

“From heavy metal royalty…the evilest of cookbooks.” —Flavorpill, The 10 Best Musical Cookbooks

"The book addresses an interesting reality: Music and food are inextricable." —Hour Detroit

“This is probably the most physically beautiful book I’ve ever seen.” —Cosmo Lee, Invisible Oranges

“While I’m no cook myself, this will certainly be on my ‘to buy’ list as I am especially curious on how to concoct the Midnight Meatloaf!” —The Left Hand Path.com

“Fantastic beyond belief” —And Now the Screaming Starts

About the Author

Annick Giroux is a dedicated headbanger from the outskirts of Ottawa, Canada, who learned her own way around the kitchen without any formal culinary training. She worships good food, and loves cooking new recipes every day while blasting heavy metal records from her large collection.

For six years, Annick produced and edited the acclaimed Morbid Tales underground metal fanzine. Now working as a graphic designer in Montreal, she also DJs weekly at the celebrated Katacombes venue, designs record sleeves for metal bands, and organizes and promotes local live gigs.

Hellbent for Cooking is her first book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bazillion Points; Reprint edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935950002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935950004
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting when I ordered this book - well, aside from interesting recipes from some of my favorite bands.

But I will admit, the recipes are interesting - and I've learned about some bands I've never heard of before, as well as some rather unusual dishes - the most unusual being "Candied Sweetbreads on a Bed of Seared Heart", provided by GWAR member Balzac The Jaws Of Death. (Be warned, though, the term sweetbreads has absolutely nothing to do with baked goods!)

You've got some dishes that would be considered traditional metalhead food in here: Incinerator Chicken Wings, the Fried Egg Rigor Mortis Cure, BBQ Pork Ribs, Mummified Jalapeno Bacon Bombs, and Welfare Nachos, to name a few.

Then you've got some fancy dishes, the kind you wouldn't expect to find at a metalhead gathering (good examples include the recipes for Sunday Brunch Lamb Roast, Prawn Bisque, and Roast Beef with Green Beans).

You've also got dishes from other countries - Roti Jala for one, Marinated Hermelin Cheese for another, and Whisky Demon Bacalao for a third.

Thus far, I've not tried many of the recipes in the book owing to lack of time, but those I've tried have turned out excellent.

The book itself has some decent weight to it, and the pages are glossy and thick - in my opinion, perfect for when you need to refer to it while cooking, as spills and splatters wipe off easily and don't get a chance to soak in. In addition, Annick Giroux's "Morbid Chef Notes" provide some valuable tips and insights into how best to cook the dishes in this book.

If you like cooking and you love heavy metal, you'll likely enjoy this book. (You may even enjoy it even if you DON'T like heavy metal!)
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I wanted this book because I thought it would be kitschy and funny.
It is both of those, but it's also a badass collection of international recipes. Everything I've made from this book so far has been nothing short of fantastic.

This thing is ridiculously well-planned and simple. Every recipe has a beautiful picture and band bio, plus Annick (after making each recipe) added her own notes and tips.

Hellbent for Cooking is great, meaty deliciousness, and I love it.
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awesome recipes- bought this for my son The Heavy Metal Cripple- He had me making all sorts of those recipes! Thank you for a nice product, nice format and nice paper for the book- Thanks for your speedy shipment- highly recommend
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Honestly, I have only made the guacamole from this book, but it turned out very good. It's also just a fun and visually appealing cookbook with nice photography. There's even a small section of recipes that contain a certain special herb.
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bought this for my husband who is both a culinary arts and metal music enthusiast. Both of us have tried recipes from the book and are pleased with the ease of execution of said recipes as well as how delicious they turn out!!!! The book is set up very logically and user friendly plus has fun facts about the musicians who contributed the recipes and the country of origin. (So this is also a great way to try your hand at making somewhat exotic foods!!) Not only that, the book is a great conversation piece when we have guests over and people enjoy looking through it. I only wish I had found this sooner!!!!
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Being a headbanger and a wannabe-cook on the weekends, i must say that this book is awesome. It is very well edited, and it has -literally- all kinds of recipes. From the cheap, rough and simple pasta created by Orlok from Dutch band Countess to the expensive norwegian lamb dish "fårikål", by Hellhammer from Mayhem, the book covers some of the most traditional cuisine from all over the world with lots of humor and thousands of metal references. Recommended.
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Hmm, well...I would say for a metal head this is a MUST OWN cookbook however, the recipes are...eh. Little off the wall, lot of them I probably won't make. The book itself is really awesome how it's put together! There are pix of all the food, skull and crossbones page numbers, nice, nice, high quality book! It's MUCH cooler LOOKING than my other metal cookbook "Mosh Potatoes" but....that one has WAYYYYY better recipes and from better known metal artists. All in all...it's like $12 bucks...WORTH IT for any metalhead but you probably won't use it much. ;)
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so far i've tried three recipes, and they're AWESOME! i like to cook a lot, and all these recipes are totally complete, ensuring that the recipes should work for just about anyone provided they pay attention and read the recipe. annick giroux's comments are very useful too, if you ever get stuck or want to put a twist on the recipe
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