Nanny Ogg's Cookbook Paperback
Illustrated by Paul Kidby
'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confused about anatomy as they gen'rally are about everything else, unless they're talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage.
Anyway, we do not live in a perfect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying.
Learning to cook is also useful.' Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it.
But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette ('If you go to other people's funerals they'll be sure to come to yours'), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities.
Well, not much. Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive. Nanny Ogg Gratefully Ackowledges the Assistance in this Literary Argosy of: Mr Terry Pratchett, Mr Stephen Briggs, Mlle Tina Hannan and Master Paul Kidby.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/11/2000
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780552146739
Showing 1 - 5 of 5 reviews.
Review by SunnySD
Read it for the recipes, read it for the entertainment value, read it for Nanny Ogg's advice on manners, life and love. The recipes are all in metric measure, but then, you didn't necessarily buy it for the recipes, now did you?Not my favorite Pratchett book, but maybe it will move up the list once I've tried the Strawberry Wobbler....
Review by briarwren
LOVE it! It's one of my favorite books and not just because I wish I could live on Discworld (although, I do). It's full of fun, interesting (and most are actually edible) recipes and lots of pithy sayings from inhabitants of Discworld. I used the recipe for Sheeps Eyeball's at a Halloween Party with great success. :D
Review by Darla
I suppose you could call this a cookbook, but it's much more about Nanny Ogg than it is about the recipes. And let's face it--I bought it for the fantasy, not for the food.There are "recipes" for a lot of the foods you'll find in the Discworld books: dwarf bread, rat onna stick, dried frog pills... You could even quite possibly make some of the recipes in here for a lovely Discworld party and invite some of your savvier friends.But it's mostly lovely little tidbits about various Discworld characters--primarily Nanny Ogg, but a few other characters get some space here, too.If you're familiar with the Discworld, you won't find it at all surprising that it's been heavily edited--they tried to take out the innuendos, but I think they found that was a losing proposition, and settled for taking out just the blatant stuff.And if you're not familiar with the Discworld, and happen to find a copy of this at your library, go ahead and pick it up, and see if it doesn't just convince you that the Discworld is a place you'd like to visit.
Review by MrsLee
I really didn't expect there to be any useful recipes in this, but a lot of them look very good. I will be skipping the banana soup though. I love the little notes from the "publisher" Goatburger to the "overseer" Thos. Cropper, and the rules of etiquette suit me just fine. A lovely light read and possible source of some nice English recipes.
Review by Chris.Graham
All recipes (should) come with a health warning and should be taken with a pinch of salt (to taste).