Make That a Royale with Cheese: Top Ten Crazy Cookbooks

You might be surprised to learn that one segment of the book market, cookbooks, is not only seemingly  immune from the decrease in sales but actually flourishes. As the economy continues to struggle, many people are eating more and more meals at home. A good number are also returning to homemade pursuits like canning, growing herbs, making cheese, brewing beer and more.  Eager to claim part of that disposable income, publishers have green-lighted a number of … questionable culinary tomes.


1  Pulp Kitchen:  Recipes for the Good, the Bad, and the Hungry by Feargus O’Sullivan

Creamed brains on toast, perhaps? What about this film would make you want to eat…anything? Yeah, yeah the diner scene but that seems like a rather short menu for an entire cookbook.


2.   The Testicle Cookbook: Cooking with Balls by Ljudomir R. Erovic

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. balls! (I do not even want to know what part of this is “multi-media”)


3. The Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen by Kasey Rogers and Mark Wood

Feeling torn between traditional feminine role models and the desire to assert your independence? Then The Bewitched cookbook is for you! I am guessing there are plenty of jello molds and casseroles to be lovingly prepared…or at least chucked in the “magic” of the microwave. Make your own damned sandwich.


4. The Romance of Food by Barbara Cartland

Tired of writing about ripping bodices and sheathing (heh) swords, prolific romance author Barbara Cartland turned her talents to showing us just how to get a glistening half-naked Scotsman to eat caviar off your heaving bosom. I guess.


5.  Wookies Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis

Am I the only one who thinks those “cookies’ look like cow patties? I guess that answers a question about Wookie body functions anyway.


6.  The Un-constipated Gourmet by Danielle Svetcov 

Know a bunch of friends you suspect are full of *&^%? Time to host a dinner party! This reminds me of the classic “Colon Blow and You” skit with Phil Hartman:


7.  The Star-Trek Cookbook by Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes

Oh I am sorry. The “official” Star-Trek cookbook. And I thought it would be limited to a bag of Cheetos and Hot-Pockets.


8.  Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdote, and Mayhem from the Heavy Weights of Heavy Metal by Steve Seabury

I am going to take a wild guess here and say that the “anecdotes” out number the “recipes.”


9.  Eat a Bug Cookbook: Real recipes using beetles, spiders and other truly unusual ingredients by David George Gordon



10. The Roadkill Cookbook by B.R.. “Buck” Peterson

The Original! Accept no substitutions! Blurgh. I don’t know exactly what delicacies await in this one, but in one of the substitutes, The Roadkill Cookbook by Arthur Bates, you can whip yourself up a nice batch of, I am not kidding, “Hedgehog Spaghetti Carbonara