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Kitchen Scraps

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Kitchen Scraps
By Pierre Lamielle


A recipe book filled with easy, comforting food and many many food puns! This isn’t your everyday cookbook. Easy to make recipes are paired with hilarious drawings to make one unique cookbook experience.

Best Of The Book –

This whole book is wonderful. It’s such a funny, cleaver approach to cook book writing I found it really refreshing. The humour is right up my alley, the drawings remind me of one of my favorite authors, Edward Gorey – though not so dark, and the recipes are really tasty!

Everything is unique about this book from how the recipes are organized (chapters are organized into foods you eat with a spoon, foods you eat with a fork and knife, foods you eat with your hands and foods you eat with just a fork), to the names of the recipes themselves. Some of the stand out recipe names were Totally Baked Out Of Their Minds Potatoes, Puttanesca Pastitute and Mega Kaiju Burger Battle Royale.

What Could Be Better –

Nothing. If this is your kind of humour then you are going to love this book. The puns the drawings, all of it is wonderful. The recipes are great and diverse. I wouldn’t add a thing. Though I will say, it’s good to take a look through, or visit the author’s website, to make sure it is your kind of humour. Otherwise you may not enjoy it as much as I did.

Target Audience –

This is aimed at the home cook with a sense of humour. Or just those who like a little food themed giggle. This book is as much fun to read as it is to use.  Personally I gave a copy to a girlfriend at her wedding shower. She isn’t one to cook, so I told her that even if she only ever looked at the drawings it would still be worth it!


Jodi Lariviere

Jodi Lariviere

Jodi has been blogging since January of 2008 with her first venture ‘Simply Fresh’ – a blog about the Ottawa food scene, local ingredients and other local foodies. She also contributes a food column to the Russell Villager and has begun her second blog, ‘Vegging for Two’, an expectant Mom’s guide to healthy eating. As a “friend in food” she writes Jodi’s Re-views covering cookbooks, health books and food fiction to keep learning about what’s going on out there in the beloved world of food! You can find Jodi by visiting her two blogs: Simply Fresh – www.simplyfreshottawa.com Vegging for Two – www.veggingfortwo.com Or via email: simplyfresh(at)live.com or Twitter (@SimplyFresh)


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