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The Redneck Grill: The Most Fun You Can Have With Fire, Charcoal, and a Dead Animal
Jeff Foxworthy
0641698925

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Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home
Mario Batali
0060734922
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
It takes a kind of genius—or obsessive personality—to open five successful restaurants, host two Food Network shows and write three cookbooks, and Batali's manic energy comes alive on every page of this fourth book devoted to dishes for the home cook. With over 300 recipes, the volume is an overstuffed celebration of the rustic local fare Batali loves, organized by course (antipasto, soup, pasta, fish, etc.). Fans will find repeat renditions of signature Batali dishes found in his earlier volumes, such as Short Ribs in Barolo, and Bucatini all'Amatriciana, but can also discover tantalizing new ones, such as Malloredus with Fennel, Game Hen with Pomegranate, and Lamb Shanks with Orange and Olive. Batali excels when he translates complex traditional dishes for the modern kitchen, such as Pork Loin in...


The Tummy Trilogy
Calvin Trillin
0374524173
September 30, 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
Throughout the 1970s, as he wrote the "American Journal" feature for the New Yorker, Calvin Trillin crossed and recrossed the continent. Braver than most transients, he dined in every manner of restaurant, sampling all kinds of native cuisine. He tirelessly sniffed out plain but great joints where the local people loved to eat. "[Don't take me to the] place you took your parents on their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, [but] the place you went the night you came home after fourteen months in Korea." As a result of such hard-nosed pursuit of good food, this "Walt Whitman of American eats" produced three delightful books chronicling his gastronomic journey, and they have now been collected into The Tummy Trilogy. Trillin is a marvelous writer, affable and witty under any circumstances. He's also an extremely enthusiastic...


Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral
Gayden Metcalfe
1401359345
March 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Metcalfe, a lifelong Southerner who's been hiding out in the social circles of Greenville, Miss., exposes the culinary and cultural last rites of the deep South in a fashion that is as sidesplitting as it is politically incorrect, as sincere as it is backstabbingly brutal. She is capably aided by Hays, a "recovering gossip columnist" from Washington, D.C. Residents of the Mississippi Delta, where "polishing silver is the southern lady's version of grief therapy," take their comfort food semiseriously, be it traditional Pickled Shrimp, Liketa Died Potatoes (which incorporate both cheddar cheese and canned cheddar cheese soup) or cream cheese–laden Pecan Tassies. Nobody would be caught dead without Tomato Aspic at the funeral, and St. James' Cranberry Congealed Salad topped with mayonnaise is...


The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living: A Loving Look at the Lighter Side of the Catholic Faith, with Recipes for Feasts and Fun
John Zmirak
0824523008
September 2005
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Book Description
Jump right into this hilarious new book on enjoying and celebrating Catholicism in a whole new way. Both a comical read, as well as an indispensable resource for observing the Feast Days of the Saints, The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living is for anyone who is interested in celebrating the history and humor behind the Catholic Faith.

From the Back Cover
"The book is outrageous… What rescues it is that it is not based on a sophomoric parody of Catholic exaggeration, but on a clear love for the sheer facticity of Catholicism." -- Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, theologian and author, former president of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and professor at the John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family. "Silly some of the time, respectful most of the...


Healthy Foods : An Irreverent Guide to Understanding Nutrition and Feeding Your Family Well
Leanne Ely
1891400207
January 15, 2001
Paperback
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Vickilynn Haycraft, co-author of Naturally Healthy Living: Real Food for Real Families
"...common-sense, practical and helpful information, beautifully wrapped up in her entertaining, humorous and easy-to-read style. I recommend Healthy Foods heartily!"

Deborah Taylor Hough, author of Frozen Assets: how to cook for a day and eat for a month, Frozen Assets Lite & Easy and A Simple Choice
"Leanne Ely has combined family-friendly recipes, sound nutritional advice and warm-hearted fun--creating a book that belongs on every family's shelf."

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The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (And Financial Planner)
Jill Conner Browne
060980877X
January 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Browne's third tasty outing (following Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love in 1999 and God Save the Sweet Potato Queens in 2001) finds the Boss Queen taking on Betty Crocker (source of "some of the insane ideas we have struggled with and against for the last 50 years") and channeling Suze Orman for financial advice ("There's a lot to be said for rich old guys with bad hearts and no relatives, but you can't always get what you want"). Culinarily challenged readers will be happy to find this book's main course is still Browne's hilarious anecdotes and observations about enjoying life after 40. She caps each escapade with the perfect artery-clogging recipes (with names like "Whatchamacallit Chicken," "Gooiest Cake in the World," "Bitch Bar Bacon Swimps" and "Pig Candy"-bacon rolled in brown sugar). Whether she's...


The Man Who Ate Everything (Vintage)
Jeffrey Steingarten
0375702024
October 27, 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
When Jeffrey Steingarten was made food critic of Vogue in 1989, he began by systematically learning to like all the food he had previously avoided. From clams to Greek food to Indian desserts with the consistency of face cream, Steingarten undertook an extraordinary program of self-inflicted behavior modification to prepare himself for his new career. He describes the experience in this collection's first piece, before setting out on a series of culinary adventures that take him around the world.It's clear that Vogue gave Steingarten carte blanche to write on whatever subjects tickled his taste buds, and the result is a frequently hilarious collection of essays that emphasize good eating over an obsession with health. "Salad, the Silent Killer" is a catalog of the toxins lurking in every bowl of raw vegetables,...


The Gallery of Regrettable Food
James Lileks
0609607820
September 2001
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Ketchup Pistachio Cake. Meat Pie with Meat Crust. Baked Peppers with Creamy Marshmallow Sauce. Daring readers will come face to face with these and worse in this excellent book that's bursting with photographs, recipes, and bits of text and "tips" taken from mainstream American cookbooks of the 1940s-70s, when "the only spice permitted in excess [was] fat." Fascinating and valuable in their own right as cultural artifacts of the era, the entries are irresistible when accompanied by Lileks's hilarious running commentary. Jell-O gets its own chapter, and deservedly so; other sections include "Horrors from the Briny Deep" and "Cooking for a MAN: Tested Recipes to Please HIM!" YAs already familiar with the author's popular Web site "The Institute of Official Cheer" (www.lileks.com) will be...


Play With Your Food
Saxton Freymann, et al
1556706308
September 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
You can play with your food. In fact, you should. All the details are in Joost Elffert's remarkable Play with Your Food, which introduces readers to a new way of seeing the food they eat, then shows them how to transform that food into creatures of extraordinary personality.

Put a navel orange on its side, pip facing you. See anything yet? What do the folds suggest? Carve ovals and insert beans and sliced almonds--voila, two eyes. Cut ears from the sides of the orange and pull them forward. Now you have it--a cat's face of amazing and endearing character. But that's only the beginning. Learn to make artichoke-leaf aphids, bok choy buffalos, okra grasshoppers, green-pepper camels, and pear mice--just a few of the 75 ingenious projects.

Consisting primarily of color photos of the creatures, first in portraiture...



A Goomba's Guide to Life
Steven R. Schirripa, Charles Fleming
1400046394


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From Publishers Weekly
Schirripa may be best known for playing a goomba on TV (he's Bobby Bacala, Uncle Junior's dimwitted lackey, on The Sopranos), but he has some first-hand experience to draw from as well. Schirripa grew up in the heavily Italian Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, where his bookie father was arrested 32 times; he himself worked at Vegas casinos for years before stumbling into acting. But too much of this tongue-in-cheek how-to ignores Schirripa's potentially compelling life story in favor of shopworn riffs on Sinatra and prosciutto. ("Goomba culture is pretty simple stuff. All those cliches? They're true," Schirripa writes-which might make one wonder why a guide such as his is necessary.) Even with almost 30 pages devoted to recipes, the book feels padded, and Schirripa and Fleming are surprisingly stingy with...


Good Humor Man
Kathleen N. Daly
0307960293
January 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Ting-a-ling-a-ling!" Here comes the Good Humor Man! He brings walnut whizzes and dairy dizzies, chocolate chips and strawberry splits -- all while bringing friends together and finding a lost puppy! A Little Golden Book Classic!


The Redneck Grill: The Most Fun You Can Have With Fire, Charcoal, and a Dead Animal
Jeff Foxworthy
1401601995
February 2005
Board Book
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Book Description

With recipes for ribs, chicken, hot dogs, fish, hamburgers, pork chops, and numerous marinades, this is a wonderful cookbook from a man who takes his grilling seriously. In addition to being a spokesperson for Shoney's Foxworthy has a very successful line of barbecue sauces on the market. Couple that with his slightly warped way of viewing the dining experience and you've got a surefire hit book.

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Crazy Plates : Low-Fat Food So Good, You'll Swear It's Bad for You
Janet Podleski
039952584X
February 1, 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Janet and Greta Podleski, also known as The Looneyspoons Sisters, are the high-energy authors of the low-fat cookbook Looneyspoons and its follow-up, Crazy Plates. But to call these sisters cookbook authors may be a misnomer: they're more like a wacky comedy team touring Hoboken doing the low-fat-zealot routine for admiring audiences.

No, Crazy Plates is not just about low-fat recipes. There's much, much more here, including fat facts (a pound of body fat--representative of 3,500 calories--if shaped into a ball, would be the size of a softball and equal four sticks of butter), "Trivial Tidbits" (baking soda used to be added to the water for boiling vegetables until it was discovered that it destroyed the veggies' vitamin C), "You Do the Math" (substituting Canadian bacon for the regular high-fat stuff once...



Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book Series)
Peggy Parish
0064441555
January 1992
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Book Review
Amelia Bedelia is a housekeeper who takes her instructions quite literally. Reading the list of chores that her employer has left her, Amelia begins with "Dust the furniture." How odd, Amelia thinks to herself. "At my house we undust the furniture." Nonetheless, she dutifully locates the "Dusting Powder" in the bathroom, and proceeds to sprinkle it all over the living-room furniture and floor. Next she is asked to "Draw the drapes when the sun comes in." So of course, Amelia sits down with a sketchpad and gives it her best shot. Children love reading about the antics of silly Amelia Bedelia for myriad reasons. It's an early reader book, so children in primary grades can take satisfaction in reading the book on their own. But, even more thrilling, children who are 6 and older can successfully interpret the figurative...


Travels With Alice
Calvin Trillin
0899199100


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Book Review
Calvin Trillin goes through life one step behind his appetite. He says he's just a Big Hungry Boy from the Midwest, but he's also one of the funniest American writers around, writing a palate pilgrimage through Europe and the Caribbean, where Trillin fantasizes of an Italian West Indies island of Santo Prosciutto "whose steep hills are green with garlic plants." Trillin gives free play to other obsessions (like taureaux piscine), but most of the travels are happily fueled by thoughts of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Syndicated humor columnist, author ( If You Can't Say Something Nice ) and New Yorker writer Trillin publicly refers to his wife Alice as the principessa when they travel: "I...


The Well-Decorated Cake
Toba Garrett, et al
1402717733
October 1, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
As a Master Cake Designer and featured instructor at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Toba Garrett has taught top industry professionals her decorating secrets. Now, using the same easy-to-follow style that worked so well in her acclaimed book, Creative Cookies, she brings her artistic vision and professional tips to you in this fully illustrated home cake-decorating course. From selecting the proper equipment to the basics of buttercream, easy techniques for creating piping flowers and ornamentation to advanced drapery and border designs, everything you need to become a better cake designer is included. You’ll find time-saving templates, a picture gallery of spectacular cakes, and a generous selection of Toba’s own recipes. The author lives in New York,...


If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Laura Numeroff
0060244054
January 1991
Hardcover
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Book Review
"If you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it." So begins the most logical silliness to be found anywhere--at least since Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Readers will follow a young boy and his voracious visitor through a series of antlered antics: jam reveries and puppet shows and big messes. It all makes perfect sense, really, once you stop to think about it. What moose wouldn't want to borrow a sweater when it's cold outside? And why shouldn't the loose button on the sweater remind him of his grandmother? Bond's cleverly detailed, witty illustrations perfectly complement Numeroff's deadpan style. Through just a few deft words and brush strokes, the reader gets a real sense of the unique personalities of the two characters. Children will relate easily to...

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