Friday, September 10, 2010
Burning A Few Cookbooks
In the wake of all the crazy rhetoric and nut ball threats of Holy Quran burning from a cult leader in Florida cloaked as a Christian pastor, the people over at Guardian UK's Word of Mouth blog have been wondering: Have there ever been any foodie tomes that really got your goat? In other words, a few that perhaps you wanted to accidentally drop over a lighted stove top because they were so awful?
Well, first let me say, that as a writer, book burning in any way, shape, or form, is something that to me, should never happen. How someone could take any book and destroy it, good or bad, is well... Look, I say, if it's that bad, then just don't read it. Period. But anyway, having said that, on the heels of its controversial list of the 50 best cookbooks of all time, the Guardian (not me folks, I said: The Guardian) ponders this question, as well as which cookbooks truly deserve to be burned.
And surprisingly, one of my favorite foodie books making it to the Guardian's funeral pyre, was Julie Powell's Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, which was the inspiration for the recent movie by the same name, also garnering Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination. Hmmmm…
In any case, read more about some rather famous cookbooks making it to the burn list here