Cooking with Poo


Most of you have probably noticed how popular food blogs and cookbooks are these days. Everywhere we look, there’s a new delicious cookbook ready to be bought and sampled. While most of them appear extremely delectable and are filled with marvellous photographs oozing flavour and scent – others are simply weird.

Take “The Testicle Cookbook: Cooking with Ball”  by Ljubomir Erovic, for instance. This peculiar recipe-collection includes battered testicles, barbecued testicles with giblets and testicle pizza. Sounds appetizing, right? The Serbian author even shares with his readers that, “the tastiest testicles in [his] opinion probably come from bulls, stallions or ostriches”. While this e-book may be somewhat out-dated (2008), savouring balls oddly remains a none-trend.


Another intriguing one is “The Astronaut’s Cookbook: Tales, Recipe, and More”  by Charles T. Bourland and Gregory L. Vogt. This makes the perfect gift for those obsessed or simply curious about space, as it allows anyone to prepare and savour “space food” from the comfort of their own home. On top of recipes, the cookbook –written by two former NASA veterans– also includes stories and anecdotes, such as numerous astronauts’ favourites foods or the reason why there is no alcohol in U.S. space food systems.

The “Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on your car Engine!”  by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller, is particularly useful if you plan on going camping or if (somehow) you don’t own an oven. In this hardcover, cooking times are given in miles travelled so that you can find out exactly how far you need to drive to braise a fish fillet or roast a chicken. Now all you’ve got to do is buy a whole lot of foil and fill up the tank – to be ready to cook-drive.

This next one may be a little old school, as it was published in 1993, but is pretty relevant, considering the current vampire trend. “The Dracula Cookbook of Blood”  by Ardin C. Price includes authentic blood recipes from all around the world with safe cooking procedures, as well as obscure vampire stories. If blood pancakes from Finland or bloody turtles from the Ozarks get your stomach grumbling, then this cookbook is for you!

Mao Xue Wang Stew (Duck Blood in Chili Sauce)

Mao Xue Wang Stew (Duck Blood in Chili Sauce)

Now if you think those were freaky, wait ‘til you read about this next one. The Cannibal’s Cookbook: Recipes and Remedies for Human Sacrifice” –by Pamela Peck– is an insightful book that reflects on the peculiar human condition of cannibalism while providing some interesting recipes that you may or may not want to try at home.

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