Cooking with the Strange: The Strangest Cookbooks

Last Dinner On the Titanic

Author Rick Archbold lined the pages of his cult classic Last Dinner On the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner with … well, menus and recipes from the great liner.

A little before icebergs, and a lot before Leonardo DiCaprio, the Titanic was synonymous with luxury and decadence, and the recipes in this cookbook certainly reflect that. Lobster Thermidore, Quail’s Eggs in Aspic with Caviar, and Poached Salmon with Dilled Mousseline Sauce and Cucumber are just three examples.

The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook

Seeing a copy of The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook on your friend’s bookshelf can mean one of two things. Either your friend is a kook or their just covering all of their bases.

The book trumpets the inevitability of “The Great Change” that will force humanity to survive without cheap access to petroleum. The recipes are centered on the use of organic, locally grown food. And, as a bonus, it also includes charming chapters on first aid, water and waste disposal, and rebuilding civilization.


Though I can’t quite confirm it, I suspect this book also includes a great recipe for homemade Kool-aid.

Ruby Ann’s Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook

Ruby Ann’s Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook is as much a satire about the trailer park life as it is a cookbook. Sure, there are a few recipes, but most of the pages are dedicated to the fictional characters that call the fictional High Chaparral Trailer Park in Pangburn, Arkansas home.

It’s important to note that “Ruby Ann” is a fictional character that pays her bills with money from novelty books like Dear Ruby Ann: Down Home Advice about Lovin’, Livin’ and the Whole Shebang. Though this book is certainly much more wholesome than some of the others on this list, it’s still a far cry from an actual cookbook.

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