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Yes, some of the recipes are interesting...
It's also the type of book that illustrates the idea with a picture of a fish who thinks a Bombe of Caviar sounds groovy.
It's the kind of book that suggests an easy way to impress guests with turtle soup:
And of course, get a little turtle to look on with a surprising amount of approval.
The best pictures are often on their own, though, standing outside of specific recipes. If the thought of working all alone on a party is overwhelming, the book provides some adorable (if imaginary) waiters:
The chicken and pig theme is the most common one. Those little guys can help with anything-- even building up a fire for the fondue pot:
You've got to love the chicks struggling with their loads of kindling and the pig carrying a whole load of logs over its head. Even the fondue pot is smiling!
My favorites might be the funny chicken-and-pig pictures that actually go with weird-ish recipes. Here's an interesting use for sherbet that Betty Crocker wouldn't dream of:
Regardless of whether you're sold on a sherbet/ white wine/ rum float, this pig being served by an extremely strong chick seems ready for more!
I'm not sure whether the other chicks have gotten into the punch even though they're clearly underage, but enough of them seem to be precariously perched that I would guess so.
If you're not a fan of whimsy, this book will make you break out in hives. I just want to take this book to park, lie on a blanket, and spend a few hours gazing at the sky with it as we tell each other our deepest chick-related secrets.