01 January 2011

Weekend Cooking: Eat Your Feelings by Heather Whaley

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Happy New Year to everyone -- may your 2011 be full of good friends, good health, and good food.

Eat Your Feelings: Recipes for Self-Loathing by Heather Whaley showed up in my mailbox this week. It's a fun and funny cookbook that is just perfect for the day after indulging on New Year's Eve. The paperback edition is out this month.

As the introduction says, this
is not simply a cookbook. In these pages you're not going to find some tired old recipes and tedious instructions. . . . On the contrary, dear reader, what you are holding is a book about eating. And not just regular eating but eating when you are on a mission, likely a solo mission.
The recipe titles guide you to the right food for your mood. Here are a few examples: Worst Date Ever Nutty Cheese Ball, Foreclosure Fiesta, MIL from Hell Taco Bell, Bad Botox Bolognese, Stir-Fry for Stretch Marks, and Midlife Crisis Rib Eye. Feeling disappointed? Just turn to the index and you'll find twelve recipes to choose from.

At the back of the book you'll find lists of books and songs and places and activities to enhance or soothe your feelings of self-loathing.

Each recipe begins with a black and white photograph to fit the situation and a ingredient list that usually contains a surprise (see the recipe that follows).

You Saw a Group of Girls You Went to High School with at a Restaurant and You Were Their Waitress Chipotle Beans and Rice

You will need:
  • 1 X-Acto knife
  • 1 match
  • 1/2 cup pinto beans
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 teaspoon canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce
Taking an old yearbook, carefully use X-Acto knife to slash photos of Lisa, Sophie, and Beth.* Leave Jeanne's face alone, as she was at least nice enough to leave a big tip, but the others deserve to be removed from the yearbook altogether, especially Lisa for the way she kept talking about how you were her "server" and then complained about not only the food but also your attitude. After removal from yearbook, use match to burn Lisa's photo.

Gently boil the beans in stock until almost soft. Add rice and chili and cook for 20-30 minutes until rice is tender. While cooking, consider working at a theme restaurant, like Planet Hollywood, because if someone you know shows up, it is an open question who should be more embarrassed. Enjoy beans with some hot sauce, if desired.

* Names have not been changed to protect now middle-age man girls in humdrum lives.

Two other recipes I liked were Cereal Snack for Aging Potheads (complete with a trip to the local food co-op) and Failed the GED Creamed Spinach for Idiots (which requires adult supervision and offers some career advice).

Published by Penguin / Plume, 2011
ISBN-13: 9780452296589
YTD: 1
Challenges: FoodieRating: B-
Source: Review (see review policy)
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)


Michelle 1/1/11, 6:23 AM  

This looks like such a unique way to format a cookbook. Too much fun!

Marg 1/1/11, 7:50 AM  

This sounds like a lot of fun to read!

Happy New Year to you and yours Beth!

leeswammes 1/1/11, 8:15 AM  

That is a fun book!

Rikki 1/1/11, 8:19 AM  

Sounds like a fun cookbook.
Happy New Year!

rhapsodyinbooks 1/1/11, 9:08 AM  

I so need this cookbook! It sounds perfect for me!

Sandy Nawrot 1/1/11, 9:28 AM  

OMG that is hilarious! Did you ever see the movie Waitress? Awesome movie, and Kerri Russell's character bakes pies that are named after and complement the mood she is in. This cookbook reminds me of that!

Beth F 1/1/11, 9:34 AM  

Sandy: I missed that movie -- I see a future Weekend Cooking movie post ...

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 1/1/11, 9:46 AM  

Funny! Are all the photos retro, like on the cover (or are those not retro and my eyes are simply old?!)

WAITRESS is such a good movie - there's a sad backstory about the star/producer - she never saw the film in theaters, was killed during a mugging :(

Molly 1/1/11, 9:55 AM  

What a clever idea!

My cooking plans for today includes the traditional black-eyed peas, although we are wondering when the good luck is ever going to come from eating this meal :)

I hope you have a terrific New Year's weekend!

Nise' 1/1/11, 10:35 AM  

Sounds hilarious!

Beth S. 1/1/11, 11:58 AM  

This book sounds like a riot. :o)

Julie P. 1/1/11, 12:57 PM  

Too funny! What a unique concept for a book!

softdrink 1/1/11, 1:38 PM  

Cooking through your anger, huh? Sounds like a crack-up.

Amused 1/1/11, 2:54 PM  

Oh my this sounds hysterical and would be so funny for a gift!

Sheila (Bookjourney) 1/1/11, 8:02 PM  

Looks like a fun cook book! I know a couple friends who get a kick out of that!

Vasilly 1/1/11, 9:09 PM  

That is probably the best recipe that I've read in a long time! Happy New Year!

bermudaonion 1/2/11, 7:53 AM  

This sounds hilarious! I wondered what the X-Acto knife was for when I read the ingredients.

Belle 1/2/11, 2:45 PM  

So funny! This sounds like a great read!

Rebecca Rasmussen 1/2/11, 9:09 PM  

So are the recipes any good? I'm interested in this book on a cultural studies level b/c of the class I teach...hmmm...I've got to look this up..this one would make for a good discussion about Americans' relationship to food I think. :)

Peaceful Reader 1/2/11, 9:23 PM  

This is an interesting twist! I like the one you shared.

Michelle 1/2/11, 10:06 PM  

How fun is this?! If all the recipes are like the Chipotle Beans and Rice, I think I need to check this out!

Happy New Year!

Veens 1/3/11, 2:20 AM  

This book will definitely lift anyone's spirits! Good one.

Lisa@ButteryBooks 1/4/11, 1:29 PM  

That cookbook sounds hilarious. That would make a great gift.

Jenners 1/10/11, 8:23 PM  

Now this sounds like the type of cookbook I would actually enjoy!

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