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July 13, 2004

Terrifically funny book

Just finished reading--in one sitting--Steve Graham's Eat What You Want and Die Like a Man. What can I say other than this is one of the funniest books I've read in a very long time!

Utterly un-PC, the book is a rebellion against the "food police". Graham, like I, seems to have missed that election where the country voted to "live longer; live more miserably". But, seeing that we're both residents of Florida, that could have happened.

Graham, who blogs Hog on Ice is just hysterically funny. I was laughing out loud throughout the book, whether it was his impromptu discourses into dialogue (like the riffing on 2001: A Space Odyssey as he confronts his automated stove, or praising Belgians for their beer and waffles, he definitely looks at life askance.

His recipes--this is a cookbook, after all--are pretty decent, too. While my kitchen's a bit small to try some of his extravaganzas at the moment, they all look reasonable, at least from the cooking angle. From the health angle? Well, let's just say that 500 calorie brownies only touch the tip of the iceberg. Can you say "bacon grease", Karl? It seems to be one of the basic ingedients to almost everything in the book. And why not?

I note that Amazon is bundling this book with Hardy & Clarke's Michael Moore is a Great Big Fat White Man. This is a pretty good combination for those who are fed up with being told what to believe, how to eat, and how not to bother thinking.

Heartily recommended for reading--and eating--purposes.

***** Five stars!