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Jul 7, 2010, 9:16pm Top

Does anybody have any of these rather tasteless cookbooks? Do they even really exist? Well I know that The Anarchist Cookbook exists, but it doesn't have recipes (not for food, anyway).

Jul 8, 2010, 4:39am Top

Well, I've put Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook on my wishlist, since I have recently acquired White Trash Cooking which is far more interesting than it sounds. Don't think I would be much interested in many of the rest, though!

Jul 8, 2010, 4:40am Top

I know that the Axis of Evil one exists - in fact I think I've come across reference to 2 different cookbooks with that title. I don't have any of those books in the slideshow though :(


Jul 8, 2010, 4:42am Top

Crikey! I didn't expect anybody to wishlist any of them.

Edited: Jul 8, 2010, 5:01am Top

I think I've had one of the A of E books on some wishlist or other for a few years now....


eta: ah, here it is - rather more civilised looking than the one in the slideshow: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781599212869/Cuisines-of-the-Axis-of-Evil-...


Edited: Jul 8, 2010, 5:01am Top

I'm not sure why the "eating in bed" one is tasteless, unless I'm missing something. Or the evil twin one, that's just goofy. And yeah, the trailer park one is weird but looks like it could be interesting (not that I'm rushing out to buy it).

The rest, though...yeah. Ew.

I had a friend in high school who downloaded the anarchists cookbook. He's in the air force now :D

Edited: Jul 8, 2010, 5:05am Top

No takers for Natural Harvest? Oh deary, deary me, there's a touchstone!

Back in a second. It is owned by one very brave Thingumabrarian.

Edited: Jul 8, 2010, 8:00am Top

I once had a copy of Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook as part of a BookCrossing bookring. I didn't care for it, but others seemed to think it was lots of fun both to read and for recipes (Blech! was my reaction...). Here are the journal entries. That copy of the cookbook travelled among bookcrossers from 2004 to 2008. Would I recommend it? Hell, no! :)

One of the other journalers (crrcookie) is a friend of mine, although I didn't know her at that time. She tried that cookbook, too!

Jul 9, 2010, 7:43pm Top

I used to have the White Trash Cooking, book, but have since passed it on. One my most favoritest comfort foods was discovered in it though. Cornbread with molasses and cream on it. Yum!

The serial killers cookbook. Does it include those with cannibalistic tendencies? I mean, where would one get the ingredients for that legally? :P Ick.

I am now trying to scrub my brain of all remembrance or knowledge that there is a Natural Harvest cookbook.

Jul 9, 2010, 9:31pm Top

Care to share that cornbread recipe? I *love* cornbread as well as molasses and would love to try that! :)

Jul 10, 2010, 10:39am Top

Bcteagirl - I just use the cornbread recipe on the Albers cornmeal box. If you don't have Albers where you live, I'd be happy to post the recipe for you. It's the molasses and cream that make it divine. Oh, and just a slight bit of warmth.

Jul 10, 2010, 2:43pm Top

I don't (I am in Canada) but I do have cornbread recipes. You mean it is topped with molasses and cream? I could do that :)

Jul 10, 2010, 4:51pm Top

Yes you can! I let the molasses drizzle in a lovely pattern until I have the amount I desire (experimentation will tell you how much that is, but start small), then add just a bit of cream to soften, but not soggify it. Warm for 10 seconds (or more if you want) in the microwave.

I do find this works best with a normal cornbread and not something with say, cheese or jalepenos in it. Albers is sweeter than some and moister than some, but by adjusting the molasses and cream, any cornbread is wonderful. Especially good for breakfast or a late night snack IMO.

Jul 10, 2010, 5:25pm Top

#11/12/etc. -- My mother eats cornbread with maple syrup on top of it, which is delicious. I'm not sure if I'd like molasses instead of the syrup, but the addition of cream sounds like a good idea in any case.

Jul 10, 2010, 8:15pm Top

Both great ideas thank you!! :) Now I want cornbread and it is too hot to bake... curses! :P

Sounds like it would also go well with cornbread with a bit of salt on top (I sometimes sprinkle salt on top, before baking).. sort of a sweet and salty. Mmmm...

Jul 10, 2010, 10:37pm Top

I like the idea of salt on top. Yum. Reminds me of a toasted pecan recipe that I use, both sweet and salty (also cinnamon). Addictive..

Jul 11, 2010, 10:50am Top

Mmmm, salt! Do you use larger chunks, like sea salt, or Kosher? Or just table salt?

Jul 11, 2010, 12:58pm Top

I use a slightly larger sea salt when I have it :)

Jul 11, 2010, 9:01pm Top

ok, as an 'evil twin' myself :-) and an avid cookbook collector I can so see people writing or buying most of these books. Ok, all except THAT one. . . . of course the first thought is EWWW! But then my practical half just kind of goes ????? and really WHY, WHY would anyone go there???

Really Last Dinner On the Titanic what better way to study history then through what people ate? And it got lots of good reviews on Amazon. I have the Bordello Cookbook and other 'colorful' cookbooks. The What Would Jesus Cook one really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, I'm sort of surprised that there are more of them.

I vote for Jiffy mix cornbread myself. But maple syrup on top sounds good too.


(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Jul 14, 2010, 11:54am Top

What's wrong with the Axis of Evil cookbook? Korean, Iranian, Syrian -- yum! (If they threw in some Cuban food, too, even better!) Shortly after Bush made that speech my wife and I talked about having a series of "Axis of Evil" dinner parties, but we never got around to it.

Oct 2, 2010, 12:07pm Top

Secrets of the Mash Mess

Feb 3, 2011, 1:48am Top

I saw that "natural harvest" cookbook somewhere online a year or two back. could be the most disgusting thing I've ever come across!!! who writes this stuff, anyway?? what kind of person even want to put something on their resume?

that ruby ann one, however, judging from the cover, would make a terrific gag gift.

as to the cornbread discussion, I've never thought of topping it with anything but butter, but now I'm going to have to try the molasses thing. although to be fair, a really good cornbread doesn't much need anything at all on it, IMO!

Feb 3, 2011, 4:37am Top

I had a friend confiscate the Anarchist's Cookbook from one of his students. He thought it was much too dangerous to be in the hands of a 15 year old boy.

Feb 3, 2011, 6:17pm Top

I don't have any of them myself, and I don't think there are any of them in the cookbooks I've inherited from my mother which are still at dad's house.

Feb 3, 2011, 8:46pm Top

I found the idea of molasses on cornbread quite intriguing, so I have tried it. I happen to like both and found the combined flavour quite wonderful! A nice change and I would even consider adding molasses to a recipe for cornbread as a bit of an experiment.

Edited: Apr 15, 2011, 11:27pm Top

In line with the Natural harvest cookbook (still eww!) I ran across another one when looking at upcoming cookbooks on amazon. Not out yet. (No rush, says I).

Testicles: Balls in Cooking and Culture by Blandine Vie. Since the book is not listed here yet here is an external link:

Apr 15, 2011, 11:50pm Top

When I lived in Texas, years ago, I was invited to be the guest international judge at a chilli and mountain oyster cookoff at the local Buffaloes (somewhere where they wore silly hats, anyway). It was a wonderful experience.

Apr 19, 2011, 4:35pm Top

Our local community college is offering certification as a BBQ judge. I am so tempted ...

Apr 19, 2011, 8:44pm Top

As long as it is pork BBQ instead of beef, I'd go for it.

Apr 19, 2011, 10:07pm Top

They say it will cover all sorts of BBQ, including pork and beef. A multi-purpose certificate if I get back to Texas any time soon.

Jun 3, 2011, 4:09pm Top

When I worked at Barnes & Noble several years back there was only one book we were not allowed to even take orders for and that was the anarchist's cookbook. Is anyone surprised?

Jun 5, 2011, 12:33pm Top

I have White Trash Cooking too. I was living in Atlanta, GA when it was published and every person I knew bought at least one copy.

Edited: Jun 21, 2011, 1:01pm Top

Well, here are some, erm, shots* of the pages in Natural Harvest.

Edit: *Icky

Jun 21, 2011, 11:42am Top

I hope the author of that book doesn't get invited to any potlucks.

Edited: Jun 21, 2011, 12:58pm Top

33: Why oh why did I open that link?? Ick!

Jun 21, 2011, 1:01pm Top

Sorry. I edited #33 to indicate Ickiness.

Jun 21, 2011, 1:31pm Top

heehee No worries, I am betting anyone could guess it would be icky :P

Jun 21, 2011, 4:30pm Top

That makes me a lot more hesitant to accept food from people I don't know to be entirely trustworthy.

The first recipe says "If using freshly ejaculated...." which makes me wonder if people actually collect and save (for the lean times?). Ew.

Jun 22, 2011, 9:42pm Top

just as disturbing is the thought of the person stopping mid-cooking spree to "collect" the freshly ejaculated ingredient and then going back to work... :shiver of disgust:

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