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Food and eating were a couple of Charles Addams's favorite subjects. Hungry cannibals, witches gathering around a cauldron, or a king over his blackbird pie often populated his celebrated cartoons. And, of course, Morticia of the "Addams Family" was an avid cook, adding a touch of eye of newt or popping over to the neighbors for a cup of cyanide. So it should come as no wo Food and eating were a couple of Charles Addams's favorite subjects. Hungry cannibals, witches gathering around a cauldron, or a king over his blackbird pie often populated his celebrated cartoons. And, of course, Morticia of the "Addams Family" was an avid cook, adding a touch of eye of newt or popping over to the neighbors for a cup of cyanide. So it should come as no wonder that in the 1960s Charles Addams was dabbling with a "cookbook" idea. Addams discovered and compiled some bizarre recipes from antiquated and out-of-the-way sources. These recipes have very Addams-like names, such as "Mushrooms Fester" or "Hearts Stuffed," and serve as a perfect complement to his drawings. Chas Addams™ Half-Baked Cookbook is a collection of his work on the world of food and eating, featuring many Addams drawings that have never been seen before, as well as some of his all-time classics.


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Food and eating were a couple of Charles Addams's favorite subjects. Hungry cannibals, witches gathering around a cauldron, or a king over his blackbird pie often populated his celebrated cartoons. And, of course, Morticia of the "Addams Family" was an avid cook, adding a touch of eye of newt or popping over to the neighbors for a cup of cyanide. So it should come as no wo Food and eating were a couple of Charles Addams's favorite subjects. Hungry cannibals, witches gathering around a cauldron, or a king over his blackbird pie often populated his celebrated cartoons. And, of course, Morticia of the "Addams Family" was an avid cook, adding a touch of eye of newt or popping over to the neighbors for a cup of cyanide. So it should come as no wonder that in the 1960s Charles Addams was dabbling with a "cookbook" idea. Addams discovered and compiled some bizarre recipes from antiquated and out-of-the-way sources. These recipes have very Addams-like names, such as "Mushrooms Fester" or "Hearts Stuffed," and serve as a perfect complement to his drawings. Chas Addams™ Half-Baked Cookbook is a collection of his work on the world of food and eating, featuring many Addams drawings that have never been seen before, as well as some of his all-time classics.

30 review for Chas Addams Half-Baked Cookbook: Culinary Cartoons for the Humorously Famished

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 380. While reading the other Addams book, I found a complete list of Addams and discovered several holes in my collection. What must I do but order the Half-Baked Cookbook. About 1/4th of the cartoons were new, but the collection was nicely put together. I'm not sure where he found most of the recipes, but the one for Influenza Punch is what my neighbor makes a batch of every flu season. He says it is to be taken when sick and in bed, my neighbor drinks a small glass every night as a pre 2020 bk 380. While reading the other Addams book, I found a complete list of Addams and discovered several holes in my collection. What must I do but order the Half-Baked Cookbook. About 1/4th of the cartoons were new, but the collection was nicely put together. I'm not sure where he found most of the recipes, but the one for Influenza Punch is what my neighbor makes a batch of every flu season. He says it is to be taken when sick and in bed, my neighbor drinks a small glass every night as a preventative. Loved the first recipe, Mushrooms Fester. I did make those and ended up eating them all up as supper one night. This was his last book as he died before its completion and others did the final pulling together. I'm glad I purchased it. It took so long to read and then write the review because I felt I had to try a few of the recipes first!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Nice, quick little read. I like quick reads. Make me feel like I accomplished something! There's a few recipes thrown in here, along with some rather creepy cartoons about food - children losing their appetites on too many toadstools, the store being out of eye of newt, the two headed pig roast, that sort of thing. I actually didn't get all the jokes. I find Chas Addams' work a little hard to figure out visually sometimes. So there's a few in here that I honestly was clueless about. I sure would lik Nice, quick little read. I like quick reads. Make me feel like I accomplished something! There's a few recipes thrown in here, along with some rather creepy cartoons about food - children losing their appetites on too many toadstools, the store being out of eye of newt, the two headed pig roast, that sort of thing. I actually didn't get all the jokes. I find Chas Addams' work a little hard to figure out visually sometimes. So there's a few in here that I honestly was clueless about. I sure would like an occasion to use the squirrel recipe. And the oyster macaroni and cheese sounded really intriguing. It's almost Halloween! It's time to go the candy store and ask for dark chocolate with bitter almonds!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Ah, beautiful. Funny, dark-humored cartoons, and strange, authentic recipes from late 19th/early 20th century. Of all Addams' drawings, I love his smudgy charcoal work the most. He manages to be fresh, precise and gloomy all at once. Bonus: spot the wonderful old Addams Family house (inspired by Syracuse University's Hall of Languages) tucked up among the trees here and there.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This is a collection of food-inspired one-panel comics from the artist who inspired the classic TV show “The Addams Family.” (Who knew?) My favorite comic is one that that’s unwittingly prophetic. A man stands before a sign in a restaurant window that reads: Soybean sandwiches: today’s flavors Pastrami Roast beef Ham & Swiss Bologna Corned beef Little was Addams to know the huge range of soy-based meat alternatives that would be available to us in the new millennium---in fact, I’ve eaten soy-based vers This is a collection of food-inspired one-panel comics from the artist who inspired the classic TV show “The Addams Family.” (Who knew?) My favorite comic is one that that’s unwittingly prophetic. A man stands before a sign in a restaurant window that reads: Soybean sandwiches: today’s flavors Pastrami Roast beef Ham & Swiss Bologna Corned beef Little was Addams to know the huge range of soy-based meat alternatives that would be available to us in the new millennium---in fact, I’ve eaten soy-based versions of four of the five sandwiches listed!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Addams' culinary-themed cartoons on their own would have earned three stars, but I'm not sure what the collaboration is meant to be. A cookbook for reindeer and squirrels? A cookbook of about 8 recipes and 100 drawings? Just a joke and an excuse to reprint Addams' cartoons? My guess is the later, and I don't find it convincing enough to like the concoction Weiss put together.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Rutherford

    A fun little collection of Addams's food related work, interspersed with mostly creepy vintage recipes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara Dallmayr

    Downloaded and read this one for the first time the other day, though I've been a fan of Addams' work for years. I enjoyed it very much - I like the layout and flow, interspersed with recipes from the early 20th century. My favorite - a recipe for actual stuffed hearts on Valentine's Day. Bless you, Chas. You will forever be stuffed in my own heart.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fritters

    Cute idea, good comics, weirdly executed. Read it for the comics.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Is there a greater joy than figuring out the joke in an Addams cartoon?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Symmonz

    Not quite what I expected. Meh.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eve Kay

    "Food, glorious food! Cold jelly and custard!" In my love for Chas and food, this is a necessity. Not the fairest nor the funniest of them all, but something to keep me sane inbetween meals. "Food, glorious food! Cold jelly and custard!" In my love for Chas and food, this is a necessity. Not the fairest nor the funniest of them all, but something to keep me sane inbetween meals.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    A small book filled with cartoons from Charles Adams that are all about food and other culinary delights. Included are some wonderfully creepy and macabre recipes from various cookbooks from the late 1800's and early 1900's. A light, quick read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    funny collection of his food themed illustrations with a handful of bizarre but real recipes

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    Just not nearly as funny as Charles Addams's. other books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    noel dempsey

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scott Gardner

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anodracs

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trinity

  20. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl Proc

  21. 4 out of 5

    David

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

  23. 5 out of 5

    JayJay Jackson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cristina MR

  25. 4 out of 5

    Menandro Daet

  26. 5 out of 5

    Devin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  29. 4 out of 5

    Saga Charade

  30. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Arney

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