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Nanny Ogg's Cookbook by Terry Pratchett
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Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Terry Pratchett

Series: Discworld (Companion to 18)

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'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confusedabout anatomy as they generally are about everything else, unless they're talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage. Anyway, we do not live in a prefect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying. Learning to cook is also useful.'Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it. But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette ('If you go to other people's funerals they'll be sure to come to yours'), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much.Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive.Nanny Ogg Gratefully Ackowledges the Assistance in this Literary Argosy of- Mr Terry Pratchett, Mr Stephen Brggs, MIle Tina Hannan and Master Paul Kidb .… (more)
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Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:CORGI BOOKS (TWLD) (2000), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 176 pages
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After years of people seeking out her recipes, advice and wisdom, Nanny Ogg has decided to write down much of what she knows, and if others are interested then all the better. Who else would be able to impart the secrets of Nanny Ogg's Perfectly Innocent Porridge with Completely Inoffensive Honey Mixture Which Shouldn't Make Anyone's Wife Laugh, which turns out to be honey. Or who else would you ask to ensure the proper etiquette of a wedding, the answer being plenty of strong drink for a fight to break out at.

Nanny Ogg's Cookbook is more than a collection of recipes both disgusting and strange; it is a manual for those times in life where the social rules may elude you. How else would you know who to sit where at your dinner party and what food to avoid with certain guests. It is highly recommended that you not actually try any of these recipes, for while technically edible the taste maybe highly questionable. An amusing and witty collection of recipes and advice on etiquette that is fit only for the Discworld and the odd witch. ( )
  LarissaBookGirl | Aug 2, 2021 |
Nanny Ogg, one of the witches of Discworld, wrote this hilarious volume of recipes and tips on etiquette. The underlying general rule is always be nice to witches because you never know when having one on your side might come in handy. This is a must for any fan of Discworld, but those who haven't read at least a few of the books probably won't get most of the jokes. In addition to being hilarious, it's also filled with fabulous illustrations. The only downside is that I've tried a few of the recipes, and they just illustrate why the British aren't known for their cooking. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
All recipes (should) come with a health warning and should be taken with a pinch of salt (to taste). ( )
  Chris.Graham | Jul 30, 2013 |
I really didn't expect there to be any useful recipes in this, but a lot of them look very good. I will be skipping the banana soup though. I love the little notes from the "publisher" Goatburger to the "overseer" Thos. Cropper, and the rules of etiquette suit me just fine. A lovely light read and possible source of some nice English recipes. ( )
  MrsLee | Oct 23, 2009 |
Nanny Ogg's cookbook is cute, good for reading in short bursts while waiting for the next Discworld installment to hit the shelves. ( )
  391 | Aug 13, 2009 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Briggs, StephenAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hannan, TinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Great traditions of cookery, as I have pointed out, have their origins in scarcity. Any idiot can make a good meal out of prime steak, but when your raw material is cow hooves and sheep lips, well, that's when you really learn cookery. And the art of translation, of course, since many people will put into their mouth something in a foreign language that they wouldn't even feed to their dog in their native tongue.
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'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confusedabout anatomy as they generally are about everything else, unless they're talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage. Anyway, we do not live in a prefect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying. Learning to cook is also useful.'Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it. But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette ('If you go to other people's funerals they'll be sure to come to yours'), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much.Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive.Nanny Ogg Gratefully Ackowledges the Assistance in this Literary Argosy of- Mr Terry Pratchett, Mr Stephen Brggs, MIle Tina Hannan and Master Paul Kidb .

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'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confused about anatomy as they gen'rally are about everything else, unless they're talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage. Anyway, we do not live in a perfect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying. Learning to cook is also useful.'

Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it. But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette ('If you go to other people's funerals they'll be sure to come to yours'), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much.

Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive.

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