How Many Of These Cookbooks Have You Started But Just Couldn’t Get Into?


We’ve all been there: shopping at your local Barnes and Noble or Borders bookstore and you come across a cookbook that jumps out to you. You think to yourself that cooking has always been something you and your husband Richard have taken for granted and you want to spice up your home-cooked meals a little bit. You buy the book and then the inevitable happens: the orb comes back. You may make one or two meals from the cookbook, maybe you even host a dinner party and blow away your friends with your culinary prowess, but that orb always returns, and with it, famine. No one eats. You let the cookbooks collect dust on your top shelf, a shelf that is now almost overflowing with tossed away, tasty tutorials. The orb goes away, but you have lost your appetite for the food in your cookbooks, the memory of Richard too painful to revisit by baking his favorite dish of corned cauliflower.

The next time you go the store, you don’t remember the famine, you don’t remember the orb, and you have moved on to another love. Another cookbook jumps out at you, and the cycle begins once more. So, I’ll ask you again: How Many of These Cookbooks Have You Started but Just Couldn’t get Into?

  • The Orb Sees All
  • A Dream of Liverwurst
  • Fudge Fudge Fudge
  • The Bachelor’s Guide to Pickling Your Sin
  • Tasty Treats, Your Aunt’s Funeral, and You
  • The Wallowing Swallow
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Greg
  • Slim Pickin’s in the Jewish Deli
  • Brenda isn’t Richard, but She’ll Do 
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Eat Your Own Throw Up: the Big Bird Story
  • What’s Eat Gilbert Grape? How to include Wine in Every Meal you Make
  • My Love for the Orb is a Flowing River
  • Vanguards on the Road to a Gluten-free world
  • Clunge
  • Crime and Winter Mint


This article was written by Nathan Ellwood. Follow him for more @NPEllwood

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