7 Hilarious Cookbooks That Really Exist

Some people love cooking, others struggle. For those who don’t have an immediate knack for flavor, cooks and chefs have graced us with amazing recipes in the form of cookbooks. I wish that cooking came as naturally to me as reading, but I just can’t seem to figure out the perfect blend of ingredients. Cookbooks can be dull and repetitive, but there are some that are hilarious and combine a love of food with a love of laughing. Here are some real, purchasable cookbooks that will make you love cooking (some recipes may be weird…).

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes of Joke Burgers by Loren Bouchard


You can cook the punny burgers from Bob’s Burgers for real! Creator Bouchard gathered all the wordplay-named burgers featured on Bob’s Burgers, my personal favorite cartoon of the late 2000’s, and made recipes for them. You can make “Don’t You Four Cheddar ‘Bout Me Burger” or “Eggers Can’t Be Choosers”, and Boucher provides lovely Bob’s Burger style drawing to accompany the recipes. They look delicious too…

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes by Roald Dahl


This one’s for the quirky child in you. You may not actually want to make some of Roald Dahl’s truly revolting recipes, but you will certainly enjoy reading all about them. The book is excellent for any lover of Dahl’s books – it includes recipes from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach (Fresh Mudburgers included).

Microwave Cooking for One by Marie T. Smith


While this may not intentionally be funny, I chuckled a bit when I saw this sad, sad title. Marie T. Smith actually provides some useful recipes for the microwave – quick, simple, and made for just you! The microwave is really great for quick cooking, and this cookbook shows you just how many things you can make with it (from steak to… chocolate sauerkraut cake???).   

Fifty Shades of Chicken by FL Fowler


Just saying this title aloud will make you giggle. FL Fowler really wants you to cook something delicious, but he also wants you to have a good laugh – at the expense of E.L. James. The subtitle, after all, is “a parody in a cookbook”. The recipes actually sound delicious, but the phrasing is a bit disturbing. For example, “Dripping Thighs” and “Erect Chicken” are two of the recipes. Plus, the cover features a chicken, “in bondage”. 

Star Trek Cookbook by William J. Birnes and Ethan Phil


You’ll definitely get a kick out of this cookbook. With a somewhat philosophical opening, “Is there one food that humans, Klingons, Bajorans, and Vulcans would like? If so, what would it taste like? How would you prepare it? Could you find all the ingredients locally?”, lovers and haters of Star Trek will connect to the books premise: Food is about bringing people and space creatures of all types together. Who could disagree with that?  

Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes, and Mayhem for the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal by Steve Seabury


If you’ve ever been in a mosh pit, you know that if a potato were to enter, it would quickly be turned into a mashed potato. Seabury’s cookbook is just as punny as the Bob’s Burgers one, except the puns are all heavy metal inspired. The most fun part of the cookbook is that the appetizers, main courses, and desserts are split into concert-inspired categories; “Opening Act”, “Headliners”, and “Encores”.

Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 stars Meals at a 1 Star Price by Coolio


Coolio calls himself “The Ghetto Gourmet”, and he’s right. His soul-food inspired recipes are truly gourmet. He aims to teach readers how to become a true “kitchen pimp” with such recipes as “Cold Shrimpin’”, “Bro-ghetti”, and “finger-lickin’, rib-stickin’, fall-off-the-bone-and-into-your-mouth-chicken”. The recipes are actually delicious and affordable, and the rapper-turned-cook is hilarious and down-to-earth.


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