Review for The Gross Cookbook
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
This was a delightfully disgusting book. At times (especially those real life things) the grossness was factor 9001, but this was mostly a really fun book that I enjoyed and I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes myself. 😛
Confession time: This book is perfect for me. Back in my Neopets days I used to have a Gross Food gallery. With hundreds and hundreds of food that were disgusting. I had binders full of information on what stuff I still needed, what stuff I had, how much everything costs. Yep, I really managed my gallery with love. It was also fun to find a new gross food to add, and sometimes I even had my friends there select if a food was really disgusting or not.
So as you can see, this book is right in my lane. Gee, thanks to this book I miss those days.
The book is split up in recipes parts and real life gross food parts. My favourite was the recipes, but I was happy that they added the real life things as well. It gave a bit of an insight in true disgusting stuff (and not fake-made/only looking disgusting made stuff as the recipes were). The real disgusting food section didn’t really yield any surprises for me, but I can imagine for kids it would be a gruesome delight to read about it.
As I said, my favourite part was the recipes. They were at times quite realistically disgusting. It didn’t help that there were also illustrations to enhance the yuckiness. Some stuff was obvious not real, but for instance the frogspawn and the brownies with “worms” were properly ewww. I loved it! I would love to see the reactions of people to those foods, see if they will be disgusted by it.
We have a mix of illustrations and photographs, which is a nice mix, it really made the book even more fun to read.
What more? Ah yes, the instructions to the recipe were easy and simple to follow. Most recipes are quite small, but there are a few bigger ones. But each one had their instructions set up in various parts. From starting, to building, to showing it off. With tips here and there on how to make it better/how to present it.
So all in all, I really liked this book and I would highly recommend it to everyone. Disgusting food banzai!