Cooking with the Strange: The Strangest Cookbooks

The modern restaurant experience has taken on a new life with the advent of social media. These days, it’s not all that uncommon for a trendy, soft-serve ice cream shop to serve you a banana split on the head of an edging shovel. Thanks a lot Anthony Bourdain.

But to be fair to late Mr. Bourdain, cooking has always been strange. And that strangeness isn’t limited to restaurant pop-ups or trendy soup shops either. On the contrary, history (and Google) has proven that the strange world of cooking has been trying to infiltrate at-home kitchens for decades. Kitchens just like yours.

To protect you, your home, and your children from the horrifying reality of “SPAM Steaks in Port Wine,” we present the Strangest Cookbooks. Just do yourself a favor and eat your lunch before you continue. You’ve been warned.

The Twinkies Cookbook

Released in the spring of 2007, snack cake impresario Hostess released The Twinkies Cookbook: An Inventive and Unexpected Recipe Collection, in celebration of the product’s 75th anniversary. Among the pages of this complete abomination, you’ll find recipes for Twinkie Carrot Cake Cookies, Twinkie Strawberry Shortcake, and more!

Though this particular cookbook is a novelty now, a copy would sure come in handy during the zombie apocalypse, when the only edible non-perishables include Twinkies and cans of baked beans.


Manifold Destiny

In keeping with the theme of the pending zombie apocalypse, I present to you, Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine!

For those that favor the flavor of engine fumes over Applewood or cedar smoke, co-authors Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller present a book full of down home, BBQ like Cruise-Control Pork Tenderloin, Any-city Chicken Wings, and Pat’s Provolone Porsche Potatoes. Just like Mom used to make.

Star Trek Official Cooking Manual

Hoping to cash in on the fervor surrounding the uber-popular Star Trek: The Original Series, comes the Star Trek Official Cooking Manual. The book is long out of print, but if you’re lucky enough to get yourself a copy, you’ll find “a galaxy of Star Trek recipes” and “over 100 favorites of the Starship Enterprise.”

Eat like a Klingon or serve up classic, Romulan cuisine! I’ve never needed anything more than I need this book right now.

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