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Originally published in 1893 as a reference for the American housewife, 99 Practical Methods of Utilizing Boiled Beef has been revised, adapted, and reissued as a new work of fiction celebrating the principles of independent publishing.


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Originally published in 1893 as a reference for the American housewife, 99 Practical Methods of Utilizing Boiled Beef has been revised, adapted, and reissued as a new work of fiction celebrating the principles of independent publishing.

8 review for 99 Practical Methods of Utilizing Boiled Beef: With a new Preface from the Publisher

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

    It's everything you thought it would be. And more! It's a recipe book. It's a time machine. It's a small press manifesto. It's punch back at The Man. It's an advertisement. It'll change the way you read. And if you read it it'll change what you have read. At any rate, if you don't have 99 methods of utilizing boiled beef at your finger=tips, you can't really count yourself a cook. And if you're not hanging out in Cow Country you're not really a reader. Disclaimer :: as with all my Reviews, this It's everything you thought it would be. And more! It's a recipe book. It's a time machine. It's a small press manifesto. It's punch back at The Man. It's an advertisement. It'll change the way you read. And if you read it it'll change what you have read. At any rate, if you don't have 99 methods of utilizing boiled beef at your finger=tips, you can't really count yourself a cook. And if you're not hanging out in Cow Country you're not really a reader. Disclaimer :: as with all my Reviews, this is all a lie. But this time specifically because the publisher, who is in all likelihood Tom Pynchon, sent me a very personalized reading copy without asking me to open my otherwise very generous book=wallet. And I believe I was explicitly informed that absolutely nothing was expected from me in exchange ; not even an 'honest review' was requested. This book was received with the same generosity in which it was given.* How many books can you read and the very first page is a personalized little note directing you, Nathan, personally, to a website where you can read more about the very book in your paws. Hooves? And here is that very website :: http://www.coweyepress.com/boiledbeef... ______ This is really happening. This BURIED cookbook is getting a new life in 2019. Forthcoming from the good folks at Cow Eye. * And in case you ask, no, I've not [yet?] read that thing by Derrida about Gift.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alan Good

    You’d have to be sort of nuts to buy this book. You’d have to be sort of nuts to publish it. I mean, it’s just a book of recipes, none of which is particularly detailed or—can’t even tell if this is the vegetarian in me or the old picky eater in me—appetizing, for cooking boiled beef. But it’s not just a book about boiled beef. It’s also a meditation on publishing and independent literature. What the good folks at Cow Eye Press have done is pluck an obscure manuscript from the public domain and You’d have to be sort of nuts to buy this book. You’d have to be sort of nuts to publish it. I mean, it’s just a book of recipes, none of which is particularly detailed or—can’t even tell if this is the vegetarian in me or the old picky eater in me—appetizing, for cooking boiled beef. But it’s not just a book about boiled beef. It’s also a meditation on publishing and independent literature. What the good folks at Cow Eye Press have done is pluck an obscure manuscript from the public domain and turn it into a metaphor for the existence of the modern writer. The twenty-first-century update of Boiled Beef is prefaced by a note from a fictional intern, who thinks “no more than five people will read this new edition.” But it doesn’t matter how many people read it, the point of this book is that “Nobody’s gonna read a book of recipes for boiled beef” is not a critique but a formula. “Nobody’s gonna read a book of/about/for/by” + whatever category or genre doesn’t really sell. For writers and publishers outside the publishing establishment, we know this, and we do it anyway. Because we’re stubborn or vain or deluded—or because it’s worth doing, even if there ain’t a big fucking market for what we do. Longer review here: http://malarkeybooks.com/fuck-oblivio...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cow Eye Press

    This book is excellent and would have been even BETTER if not for a vindictive former intern whose inexcusable vandalism has threatened to compromise it. Our full statement on the matter is here: coweyepress.com/pr11.htm?ref=gr Natalie Zeldner Editor This book is excellent and would have been even BETTER if not for a vindictive former intern whose inexcusable vandalism has threatened to compromise it. Our full statement on the matter is here: coweyepress.com/pr11.htm?ref=gr Natalie Zeldner Editor

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

  5. 4 out of 5

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Igrowastreesgrow

  7. 4 out of 5

    M

  8. 5 out of 5

    James

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