The Gallery of Regrettable Food

The Gallery of Regrettable Food WARNING This is not a cookbook You ll find no tongue tempting treats within unless of course you consider Boiled Cow Elbow with Plaid Sauce to be your idea of a tasty meal No The Gallery of Regrett

  • Title: The Gallery of Regrettable Food
  • Author: James Lileks
  • ISBN: 9780609607824
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Hardcover
  • WARNING This is not a cookbook You ll find no tongue tempting treats within unless, of course, you consider Boiled Cow Elbow with Plaid Sauce to be your idea of a tasty meal No, The Gallery of Regrettable Food is a public service Learn to identify these dishes Learn to regard shivering liver molds with suspicion Learn why curries are a Communist plot to undermine dWARNING This is not a cookbook You ll find no tongue tempting treats within unless, of course, you consider Boiled Cow Elbow with Plaid Sauce to be your idea of a tasty meal No, The Gallery of Regrettable Food is a public service Learn to identify these dishes Learn to regard shivering liver molds with suspicion Learn why curries are a Communist plot to undermine decent, honest American spices Learn to heed the advice of stern, fictional nutritionists If you see any of these dishes, please alert the authorities.Now, the good news laboratory tests prove that The Gallery of Regrettable Food AMUSES as well as informs Four out of five doctors recommend this book for its GENEROUS PORTIONS OF HILARITY and ghastly pictures from RETRO COOKBOOKS You too will look at these products of post war cuisine and ask WHAT WERE THEY THINKING It s an affectionate look at the days when starch ruled, pepper was a dangerous spice, and Stuffed Meat with Meat Sauce was considered health food.Bon appetit The Gallery of Regrettable Food is a simple introduction to poorly photographed foodstuffs and horrid recipes from the Golden Age of Salt and Starch It s a wonder anyone in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s gained any weight It isn t that the food was inedible it was merely dull Everything was geared toward a timid palate fearful of spice It wasn t nonnutritious no, between the limp boiled vegetables, fat choked meat cylinders, and pink whipped Jell O desserts, you were bound to find a few calories that would drag you into the next day It s just that the pictures are so hideously unappealing.Author James Lileks has made it his life s work to unearth the worst recipes and food photography from that bygone era and assemble them with hilarious, acerbic commentary This is not meat This is something they scraped out of the air filter from the engines of the Exxon Valdez It all started when he went home to Fargo and found an ancient recipe book in his mom s cupboard Specialties of the House, from the North Dakota State Wheat Commission He never looked back Now, they re not really recipe books They re ads for food companies, with every recipe using the company s products, often in unexpected and horrifying ways There s not a single appetizing dish in the entire collection.The pictures in the book are ghastly the Italian dishes look like a surgeon had a sneezing fit during an operation, and the queasy casseroles look like something on which the janitor dumps sawdust But you have to enjoy the spirit behind the books cheerful postwar perfect housewifery, and folks with the guts to undertake such culinary experiments as stuffing cabbage with hamburger, creating the perfect tongue mousse when you have the fellas over for a pregame nosh, or, best of all, baking peppers with a creamy marshmallow sauce Alas, too many of these dishes bring back scary childhood memories.

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    • The best damned diet book I've ever read!If gazing at the photo of the Beet Pie Casserole doesn't put you off your feed, try reading all about the Creamed Brains on Toast OR the Tongue Rolls Florentine.Traditional Pineapple-Carrot Salad, made with vinegar to make it extra . . . vinegaryMMY! Makes my tummy rumble, but not in a good wayMmm . . . Face Steak Crammed full of color photos of the least appetizing appetizers, most mysterious entrees, and unheavenly desserts (who knew it was so easy to r [...]

    • I don't often laugh out loud with a book, but I did with this one! It provided a great leisurely Friday night with some friends on the couch, reading aloud the witty commentary on 50's cookbooks. I was quite shocked (with all of the biting feminist-style remarks about men) that this book was written by a very enlightened man named James Lileks. Go James!I love food fads!Some of my MANY favorite quotes: "Perhaps there are situations where you are happy to be served this supper. Perhaps there's a [...]

    • My husband thought I was having a psychotic meltdown when I read this. I really sat in bed all night howlingtears streaming down as I toured the horrors of mid-twentieth century American cuisine. i read it cover to cover in one sitting and was left gasping -- thoroughly spent from the convulsive guffaws.You want tuna in aspic? Check. How about those pigs-in-a-blanket? No problem. The "joys of jello"? Got that too. This is not to be described. Just hilarious altogether. I want to start an entire [...]

    • I know I'm supposed to laugh, but far too many of the "dishes" here look familiar in a bad-flashback kind of way. I am certain that my mother owned and used the cookbooks used as references by Mr. Lileks. Some of the illustrations included in the Gallery appear to be black-and-white, but trust me, they are not. I grew up eating an awful lot of grey food that looked just like the pictures. It was odd that the more "time-saving" a recipe was, the more upset my mother was with a lukewarm reception. [...]

    • I *love* James Lileks. Though I hesitate to say so on a site dedicated to books, his website may be a better way to appreciate his full hilarious awesomeness-lileks/institute/archiCome on, Nazi grandma alone is worth the price of admission. Or the "computers through time" series.Get in touch with your inner snerk. Support this man! Visit his site. Somewhere in there waiting for you is that bizarre Wisconsin motel. And many other gems. It's a gen-u-wine laff-riot. And I am not one to use that ter [...]

    • An astonishing look at mid-20th-century American cuisine as depicted in classic cookbooks, with side-splitting commentary by columnist James Lileks. Lurid concoctions from an age when lard was considered a vitamin and spice, a deadly poison, will stir your gorge and permanently banish your appetite. Recoil in disgust from graphic illustrations of creamed brains on toast, radishes entombed in olive-flavored Jell-O, desserts whose defining flavor is Heinz Ketchup, and other horrors too numerous to [...]

    • I got this book yesterday and started reading/looking at on my lunch break. WARNING!!!!! DON'T LOOK AT THIS BOOK ON YOUR LUNCH BREAK. Old pictures of food concoctions from cookbooks and magazines from the 60s and 70s. Made my stomach flipped and made me gag! However I did get a laugh at all the crazy food creations. Some of these creations were made to ward some guests away. A "How to" to better sex, getting rid of the annoying relative and so on.Thanks Brianna for recommending this book. I real [...]

    • I enjoyed the vintage ads. The pictures of food made me never want to eat again. Savory Jello? Who came up with that? I came across this lady (jellomoldmistress/category) while searching for savory jello recipes. She is doing some interesting things, culinarily. Lots of great historical information, too. I learned some stuff.I think everyone alive should see this book.

    • This reminded me of the typical high school or college geek trying to be funny. A bit of sarcasm can be funny, but an entire book of it is just annoying. Thank heavens I had only borrowed it from the library--I'd have hated to waste money on this.

    • Wow! What a fun book. Humorous from beginning to end, I especially enjoyed the jell-o section. Who knew you could put hot dogs, cauliflower, green peppers, cucumber and fish in jell-O and call it lunch? Oh boy, I have so many recipe ideas now! HAHAHA!Seriously, I remember eating orange jell-o with shredded carrots in it at a church pot-luck as a kid. What the heck were these people thinking? At least I never had to eat jell-o with hot dogs in it. The book has great photos & humorous commenta [...]

    • I discovered James Lileks through a friend, who turned me on to his Institute of Official Cheer website. Lileks collections of horrifying recipes, food advice, and pictures of the most unappetizing "edible" items in the world would be funny enough . . . but the man's commentary on each picture is enough to make you cry with laughter for hours.

    • I thought this book sounded hilarious (and when I say hilarious, I mean hooolarious), but I was really disappointed. Lots of potential, but I just didn't think it was funny. Trying to be funny? Yes. Funny? No. I see from other reviews that I am alone in my opinion - it's ok, I'm an engineer - I'm used to being alone. My opinion stands!

    • I choked on my own spit when I read a caption that included the phrase "banana-placenta sauce." Really gross, really funny.

    • It has been a long times since I disliked a book this much. If you ever wondered if a person could 1 star a free book, I am doing so here. This copy was an out of the blue gift from a friend. All I can say is that he was in the middle of a bad time. There is a joke here, but it is the same one there and there and on almost every page. The real joke is that the premise had worked as a very short internet ‘thing’ by page 10 I hated it.The premise is that there have been some terrible pictures [...]

    • *3.3 Stars*Scorecard: (Out of 10)* Quality of Writing - 5* Pace - 4* Plot development - N/A* Characters - 7* Enjoyability - 5* Insightfulness - 6* Ease of Reading - 7* Photos/Illustrations - 6Final Score: 40/70 = 57%*WARNING: If pictures like the above leave you queasy, this is not the book for you. (I can barely look at this.)*The Gush and Rant*As I talked about in my review of Interior Desecrations, I have long enjoyed Lileks' website and spent many happy hours laughing until I couldn't take i [...]

    • So this book looks like it would be awesomely funny; sadly, I do not find it so. I was looking forward to a book that dissected our hilarious food history with salad molds and silly canned meat casseroles, but instead, this heaps pile after pile of bitterness on the buffet table of our parents' generation. There really doesn't seem to have been much skill involved in creating this book, either. The author took some old cookbooks--some produced for specific products like 7-Up or A-1, others focus [...]

    • Recently, there has been a spate of some quite funny articles and videos online of people cooking and forcing themselves to eat some of the rather inspired creations of mid-century American culinary arts; starchy, glistening, ill flavored blends of meats, gelatins, and overcooked vegetables in which pepper was considered too spicy. It is funny, then, that humorist James Lileks was showcasing the horrors of "classic" American cookery on the internet more than a decade ago, with his Gallery of Reg [...]

    • Based on the website lileks, this book is a humorous look at cookbooks of the 1940s-60s. The commentary is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, but mostly mildly amusing. The author points out that even then, people thought some of the marketing was ridiculous and saw company-sponsored cookbooks for what they are--a way to sell more product. Highlights include profiles of the books "How Famous Chefs Use Campfire Marshmallows," A-1's "Cooking for a Man: Tested Recipes to please HIM!," "So You're Going [...]

    • Hilarious! I keep this on my cookbook shelf so I can take it out and leave it lying plain sight when I have dinner guests. This and a few more of its ilk, such as "White Trash Cooking", "The Food Stamp Gourmet" and Robert Crumb's "Waiting for Food".Mr. Lileks has given us a real classic. Chock full of photos gleaned from all manner of publications from about 1972 on back, you will laugh out loud at perfect examples of WHY some women really did BELONG in the work place back then. The abuses that [...]

    • I got this book thinking I'd get a whole slew of recipes that should never have been, but alas, what I got was a guy writing snarky and mean-spirited remarks about the foods and advertisements of the time. Does he really think that, for instance, putting ketchup into an ice cream sauce, would be tried by any housewife of that time by simply mooing ahead with the pack to produce these inedible results? That is the impression I got from reading what I did of this ridiculous book.And when attacking [...]

    • Although the voice is a bit holier-than-thow, parts are hysterical.d I even own one of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks! LOL! If housewives really made these dishes, how sad! Thank goodness I am not expected to produce a spread like is on the front cover!And how much photography has advanced in 60 years!After finishing: became VERY tiresome. As an indicator of 50's gender and family expectations, the research completed for this book is valuable. However, much of this lifestyle was the resu [...]

    • That was fun! Having seen many cookbooks from the 1940's through the 1970's growing up, I found this a walk down memory lane. Though the writing style i heavy on the sarcasm for humour it was a lot of fun. The one drawback was that, all too often, the actual name of the dish was not given. I really would have liked to know what some of the things were that I was looking at. While it was funny to look at that pasta thing as "Monkey Brains", I won't go into the Jello mold items, it would have been [...]

    • It's the casserole from 20,000 fathoms. It's a hilarious look back at what passed for culinary ambition ca. the 1950s and the 1960s, and any of us who grew up in the Wonder Years will recognize this material from ads of the day, recipe clippings and recipe books that our mothers kept on the refrigerator, and the kinds of processed food that we ate (my God, it took me a decade of adult life to realize that mashed potatoes didn't have to have the uniform consistency of mayonnaise -- i.e out of a b [...]

    • A thoroughly entertaining book. The book takes cookbooks from the 50's and 60's and shows all the ghastly terrible food photography and commentary. As a child of the 70's and 80's, my mother had many of these types of cookbooks stuffed in the cabinet above the stove. As I learned how to cook as a child, I thumbed through many of these cookbooks and I remember that exact style of food photography. If you were born in this era, you will greatly appreciate the wit and sarcasm of the author. I didn' [...]

    • Americans seemed to have loved disgusting unhealthy food for a long time. Popular recipes now may not include being set in aspic or include more than a few grains of pepper, but the love of processed salty meat with few to no vegetables is the American way!The 50s were not a swell time, nostalgia fiends.Also, sometimes the writing accompanying each recipe was too long, like a funny scene in a movie or show that goes on for too long thus rendering itself unfunny. Brevity is indeed the soul of wit [...]

    • Ha! What a scream. As a foodie, I love to peruse new cookbooks, and the library is full of them. Nestled in amongst the 'real' cookbooks was this extraordinarily funny work on OLD cookbooks. While you can flip idly from one page to the next, I realized that James Lileks' humour is best enjoyed if you read this in order as he covers one short cookbook at a time and often his acerbic wit builds upon the previous disgusting photo to tell a short tale of sorts. Need a sneak preview? Try his site lil [...]

    • I have never before seen a food that made my stomach turn in disgust, until now. This book is a collection of pictures, from recipe books, that the author found. The recipe books were published in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It is unbelievable that anyone, even back then, would look at these pictures and recipes and think, "Huh, that looks delicious. I think I'll make that tonight." and that someone thought these recipes were good enough to publish. Also, the authors commentary adds the perfect amoun [...]

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