“Fifty Shades of Chicken, a Parody in a Cookbook” adds an unexpected and sometimes hilarious culinary slant to E.L. James’ hugely popular fictional “Fifty Shades” trilogy. Originally published in November 2012, this popular cookbook has been featured by Amazon.com as a “Best of the Month” selection and is available in both hard copy and digital formats.
Not being a fan of original series, I didn’t have high hopes for this parody, either. However, I have to admit I laughed out loud when I saw the cover photo, so I decided to give it a closer look.
Before I get started with this review, let’s get something clear upfront… This is definitely NOT your grandmother’s cookbook. Well, I guess maybe it could be, but that’s a whole different conversation.
The bottom line is this isn’t your average “teach-me-to-cook” cookbook. This is more a work of literary fiction wrapped around an intriguing – and delicious – culinary foundation. It’s an interesting and engaging combination and as the saying goes… sometimes you need to entertain in order to educate.
So, what can you expect when you buy this book? Well, the description on Amazon pretty much says it all:
“Dripping Thighs, Sticky Chicken Fingers, Vanilla Chicken, Chicken with a Lardon, Bacon-Bound Wings, Spatchcock Chicken, Learning-to-Truss-You Chicken, Holy Hell Wings, Mustard-Spanked Chicken, and more, more, more!“
Need I say more? The tone of the book is clearly established before you place your order. But don’t let this discourage you! Behind the naughty names are surprisingly good chicken recipes that you should be able to recreate at home without any problem. If the concept behind this book appeals to your sense of humor, you may find it to be a great resource to add to your collection.
As a cookbook, “Fifty Shades of Chicken” is neither huge nor intimidating. It offers 50 solid chicken recipes, plus plenty of nice photographs. Woven throughout are numerous short stories and references to the original books. Fans of the fictional trilogy are more likely to appreciate these clever allusions more than the uninitiated, but the clever writing style still resonates. 2 goods with great recipes and it is well worth the 12 bucks in entertainment value alone.