Nietzsche's Angel Food Cake: And Other "Recipes" for the Intellectually Famished

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cover2Scrumptiously hysterical! It’s faux recipes “as told by” famous authors.

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Literary humor for those who like to guffaw while cooking, NIETZSCHE’S ANGEL FOOD CAKE allows 22 cultural monoliths to share ”their” succulent recipes. It’s is a surprisingly informative and entirely whirlwind tour of civilization. Not so much a cookbook as foodie humor (only a few of the recipes result in edible dishes), it’s for anyone with a good liberal arts education, no matter how vaguely he or she remembers it.

The recipes:

Nietzsche’s Angel Food Cake, Ernest Hemingway’s Battered Testicles, Anaïs Nin’s Hot Cross Buns, Carl Jung’s Epiphany Cakes, Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age in S’mores, Sigmund Freud’s 10 Steps to Great Fish, B. F. Skinner’s How to Shock and Blanch Asparagus, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Stinking Bishop’s Tart, John Steinbeck’s Crepes of Wrath, Dorothy’s Parker House Rolls, Ian Fleming’s Lemon Caper Dip, Rorschach’s Borscht, James Joyce’s Spotted Dick, Ayn Rand’s Head Cheese, Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Buns, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Pickled Tomatoes, Lewis Carroll’s Fungi Perfecti, Harper Lee’s How to Kill a Mockingbird, Dante’s Backyard Barbecue, Rorschach’s Borscht, Emily Post’s Crudités, The Coen Brothers’ Christmas GooseMary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenfurters.


“Hilariously smart, intensely literary, and delicious in every way.” Elissa Bassist, Humor and Women’s Literature Editor, THE RUMPUS.

“Oh my God, I love these! More! More! More! This will appeal to foodies and literary types, and will stretch the boundaries of the ‘cookoir’ genre, for sure.” Erika Penzer Kerekes, Food Columnist, L. A. EXAMINER.

“Absolutely fantastic stuff!” Binnie Klein, Radio Host, A MINIATURE WORLD, WPKN-FM.

“So brilliantly funny-—and insane, obsessive, sprawling, vivid, satisfying, and lush.” Dee LaDuke, Writer, GIRLFRIENDS and DESIGNING WOMEN.

“Full of puns and witty allusions, augmented by the author’s line drawings and other illustrations, this would make a great gift for a bibliophile cook.” Gilion Dumas, THE ROSE CITY READER.

“Like good sausage, or a breakfast I once had in Manilla, Rebecca Coffey’s new book is filled with things I can’t describe and maybe don’t want to know about. I only know it’s wonderful.” Jon Potter, THE BRATTLEBORO REFORMER.

“Coffey sends up some wildly different writers, and takes on nearly all with the same dead-on skill; it takes a talented crafter of prose to parody Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Anaïs Nin and Ayn Rand. She does so while evoking laughs at a breakneck pace. Don’t worry if you haven’t read every author. Though it can deepen the experience, it’s not necessary—the jokes work all the same.” James Heflin, THE VALLEY ADVOCATE.

“[Coffey] is delightfully witty, especially if you get her literary references. Should you not, don’t feel badly: They’re plentiful and pointed enough that you can hardly miss enjoying seeing Coffey hit her target.”  Nell Corley, THE COMMONS.

[A] knee-slappingly funny sliver of a book … that begs to be read out loud; perfect as a stocking stuffer or for foodies with (or who need) a sense of humor. GOOD STUFF NW.

“This is ridiculous.” Friedrich Nietzsche.

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