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.