“You’ve Had Worse Things in Your Mouth”

Music – “Eating People” from In My Dreams by Michael Ross. Released: 2016.

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Anyone who has done any writing, especially a book, knows that the title of the book will either make or break the contents. Let’s face it: “How to Cook Chicken” or “Vegetarian Cooking” are pretty hackneyed and are bound to draw yawns. A catchy title is essential and cookbooks are no exception.

A brief internet surf turned up some intriguing cookbook titles, which I must add to my collection. Weird is wonderful, right?

There is “You’ve Had Worse Things in Your Mouth“, by Billi Gordon (born Wilbert Anthony Gordon Jr.), who, according to Wikipedia, is “an author, television writer, neuroscientist and formerly an actor and model”. Wow, talk about being diversified! Gordon is the author of three works of non-fiction: including “You’ve Had Worse Things in Your Mouth Cookbook“, “Eat This Book: The Last Diet Book“, and “Your Moon Is in Aquarius but Your Head Is in Uranus” Hmmm.

“You’ve Had Worse Things in Your Mouth”, by Billi Gordon. (Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, there is “The Gay Kitchen” by James Woodward Sherman, published in 1926 and details the adventures of a set of kitchen utensils.  There was also a sequel, “Out in the Kitchen“, published in 1927.  What were YOU thinking?

“The Gay Kitchen” by James Woodward Sherman, 1926. (Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com)

 

“The Jewish-Japanese Sex & Cook Book and How to Raise Wolves” by Jack Douglas (Photo Credit: http://www.pleatedjeans.com)

Jack Douglas was an American comedy writer who wrote for radio and television while additionally writing a series of humor books. Among them are “The Jewish-Japanese Sex & Cook Book and How to Raise Wolves“, published in 1972.  Apparently, it is a humourous account of the authors’ venture with his Japanese wife, 2 sons and 2 pet wolves in suburban Connecticut, and then later, after moving to Canada.    I don’t really understand the full meaning of his cookbook title, but I guess I won’t find out, either.  Currently, the book is a collector’s item and ranges in the several hundreds of dollars for a copy.  Jack will never grace my cookbook shelves, I guess.  Some of his other books include “Never Trust a Naked Bus Driver “(1960), “Shut Up and Eat Your Snowshoes” (1970) and “Going Nuts in Brazil” (1979).

 

“Cooking with Poo” (Photo Credit: http://www.lolriot.com)

Now, I have to admit, that if I had not investigated the title of the cookbook “Cooking with Poo“, I would have thought it too perverse (but there’s no accounting for taste). The author, Saiyuud Diwong, is nicknamed “Poo”, which is the Thai word for “crab”. She runs a cookery school in Bangkok’s Klong Toey slum and won the “Diagram” prize for the oddest book title of the year (year unknown).

The other “Cooking with Pooh” cookbook. (Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com)

 

“Let’s Play Hide the Sausage” (Photo Credit: http://www.badSENTINEL.com)

Now, what cook wouldn’t want a copy of “Let’s Play Hide the Sausage” on his or her bookshelf?  These sausages must be so revolting and disgusting that they must be disguised in a dish.

 

 

 

 

I’ve heard of “Cooking for Cats“, “Cooking for Dogs“, “Cooking for Husbands“, and more, but this is the first time I came across “Cooking for Raccoons“. Well, raccoons are known to be very fastidious about their food, cleaning and washing it thoroughly before consuming it, so I hope the author indicates detailed preparation techniques to satisfy even the most jaded raccoon palate.

“Cooking for Raccoons” (Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com)

“Eating People is Wrong” (Photo Credit: http://www.omnivoracious.com)

 

 

 

 

Well, duh, unless you were a member of the Donner Party, most people would subscribe to this tenet that “Eating People is Wrong“, don’t you think? But, I guess it depends on how desperate one is. Garlic can masquerade the taste of just about anything.  Alternately, anything is edible if its chopped finely enough.

 

No better way than to claw your way into acceptance into MENSA than to buy this book and put it to good use…!

“Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children” (Photo Credit: http://www.sadanduseless.Om

 

“Eating Children” (Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com)

 

As in the book about improving your I.Q., eating children seems to be a good way to get brain smarts!

“The Dead Celebrity Cookbook” (Photo Credit: http://www.abebooks.com)

This might be a book with recipes from dead celebrities, or, it could be cooking with dead celebrities (see: “Eating People is Wrong”, above)

“Cooking to Kill!” (Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com)

No comment about this one!

I look forward to locating some of these great cookbook titles to add to my collection.  If anyone comes across any more weird and wonderful cookbook titles, please do share!

Wow…recipes from a serial killer! (wonder what the ingredients are?) (Photo Credit: http://www.pastemagazine.com)


My EatYourBooks cookbook collection

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About vintagecookbookery

Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 6,500. What next? More shelves?
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