Remember that screwy cookbook I posted about as part of my Resource Spotlight series, The Stag Cookbook For Men? Somewhere between an actual cookbook and an elaborate joke, it collected recipes from famous men of the 1920s in an effort to shore up manly cooks who have wilted “under a fire of feminine raillery and sarcasm” regarding their attempts at making food.
Well, today I found out—thanks to Fritzi Kramer’s terrific blog, Movies Silently—that not only was The Stag Cookbook written more or less as an exercise in pettiness and spite, but it had a mate, too!
See, it turns out that The Stag Cookbook wasn’t well-received by members of the opposite sex, to the point where a group of women got together and published a response: Favorite Recipes of Famous Women. Not only were most of their recipes actually edible (unlike most of the ones in Stag, says Kramer), but they were often witty, too. Take, for example, Zelda Fitzgerald’s recipe for “Breakfast,” which is reminiscent of the many ridiculous Stag recipes I noted in my own post:
“See if there is any bacon, and if there is ask the cook which pan to fry it in. Then ask if there are any eggs, and if so try and persuade the cook to poach two of them. It is better not to attempt toast, as it burns very easily. Also in case of bacon do not turn the fire too high, or you will have to get out of the house for a week. Serve perferably on china plates, though gold or wood will do if handy.” —-Favorite Recipes of Famous Women