I feel like I might be the target audience for today's selection...
One thing that drew me to this book is the pictures that begin the chapters. A few are just funny or charming, like this guy from the lamb chapter:
What do the lamb recipes look like? Well, here's one that left me laughing:
The recipe itself is not really funny at all-- until you get to the note at the end: "Seasonings can be omitted, if desired." I love that the one selling point in the recipe title is apparently also seen as a liability! Feel free to leave out the one aspect that we thought might make the recipe seem interesting in the first place...
While the funny/charming pictures are nice, I really dig the ones that are a bit more... shall we say... unsettling.
You will obey the levitating bull head. Look deep into its eyes... Deeper... Deeper... Now bring the levitating cow head an offering better than the levitating saltshaker, pepper mill, and that lovely spatula.
Well, here's one offering from the Hamburger chapter:
Beef Mounds with Noodles certainly calls for reasonable-sounding ingredients. It's kind of a weird variation of spaghetti with meat sauce. I just picked it because of the name. My grandparents raised cattle and used to refer to them as "beeves" (well before they actually made the transition from cow to beef), so beef mounds... Well, it sounds like this should be a recipe you could make by setting plates of noodles out in the pasture and waiting for Bessie to let loose.
Now, one more weird little picture with accompanying recipe:
This woman with the enormous eye might be some kind of royalty, since she appears to be wearing a crown... Or maybe she's a magician, since she is nearly levitating a heavy tureen while simultaneously getting a bird to offer her a flower... Or maybe she's a mutant since she might have two more eyes on her chest (instead of boobs?)... And her dress is either growing a nice coat of hair on the back or emitting some powerful stink rays... It has been rumored that staring at this picture for too long can actually drive a person insane.
What kind of main dish soups does this mystery woman offer? Here's one:
It's a nice cold soup for summer when you're sick of gazpacho. Just blend a can of cream of tomato soup with lemon juice, milk, and horseradish, then stir in a nice mound of cottage cheese! Garnish with cucumbers and shame....
What makes this recipe even sadder is that the book precedes it with this cheery little saying:
I choose to assume the end of the saying was cut off, and we're missing the part that said "because clearly, she has more important priorities than learning the art of soup making. We as a society shouldn't try to tether her to a loser who will expect her to waste all her potential mixing canned soup and cottage cheese for his sorry ass."
What do you think? Feel free to add your own ending to this saying, or to make up your own.