Monday, 31 May 2010

Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook by Terry Pratchett and Stephan Briggs

Everyone who is familiar with Terry Pratchett’s Disc World Series knows Nanny Ogg and her penchant for things, well, for things a little on the naughty side. Her Strawberry Wobbler is famous for it’s inappropriateness for those more formal occasions, unless you want to send half the guests into fits of laughter they must cover up by pretending they’re choking on that last bit of bread and the other half home in a huff muttering comments such as “Well! I never!” and “I can’t believe…”. You will have insured that that particular half never invites you to their soirees again, so if you are trying to get out of them, you have the perfect answer.

Anyway, after her The Joye of Snackes, which was banned just about everywhere, she came out with her own cookbook, which put a real strain on the editors. Without some fairly heavy use of a black marker pen, this book would have gone the same way as The Joye of Snackes. As finally printed, it’s suitable for most adult audiences and the recipes are really rather good, although you might want to try out the suggested arrangement on the plate in a trial run to avoid any possible embarrassment.

I was expecting a little more humour, but then, I’m neither a particularly adept or interested cook so I may have missed something. The most entertaining bits are Nanny Ogg’s own particular take on etiquette and manners. More interesting than helpful really.

If you’re looking for a good read, remember, this is really more a recipe book than a book for reading, but if you’re interested in cookery, go for it!

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