Gastronaut: Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy, and the Brave

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Cooking - 257 pages
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An irreverent journey through the culinary world of the exotic, the bizarre, and the truly extraordinary, Gastronaut is equal parts cookbook and quest book. For your bedside or your stoveside, this hilarious and captivating journey through some of the strangest food experiences, past and present, is divided into three levels of escalating difficulty. Whether you're ready to gild your breakfast sausages with gold, re-create the Last Supper, or cook a whole pig in an underground fire pit, this book takes it all on with gusto and little regard for what one might call decency.

Gastronaut answers questions like:
• what foods make us fart?
• how do you make your own moonshine?
• is it possible to teach grandmas to suck eggs?
• how would you stage a bacchanalian orgy in the comfort of your own home?
Here is the perfect book for people who are fascinated by the wilder side of food and who, every now and then, want to show off their penchant for the extreme.


THE GASTRONAUT'S CREED
Food will consume 16 percent of my life. That life is too precious to waste; therefore:
• I resolve, whenever possible, to transform food from fuel into love, power, adventure, poetry, sex, or drama.
• I will never turn down the opportunity to taste or cook something new.
• I will never forget: canapés are evil.
• I will remember that culinary disaster does not necessarily equal failure.
• I will always keep a jar of pesto to hand in case of the latter.
 

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First published in Britain, this "gastronautical questbook" is an irreverent and unexpected journey through several culinary oddities. Gates, a comedy producer, director, scriptwriter, and self ... Read full review

Contents

Let Them Eat Gold
3
Teaching Grandmothers To Suck Eggs
9
How To Make Your Own Moonshine Almost
13
How To Make Your Own Biltong
15
How To Make Your Own Cheese
18
How To Make Your Own Margarine
21
A Biscuittin Smokery
25
Adventures In Dining
27
Toffee Fondue
144
Frumenty
146
Adventures for the Bold and the Brave
147
Sea Urchin Gonads
148
Cowheel Soup
149
Pigeon Pie
151
Mock Turtle Soup
152
Fish Sperm on Toast
157

The Last Supper and Other Memorable Meals
29
How To Stage a Bacchanalian Orgy
38
Why Not Eat Insects?
47
How Britain Lost Its Culinary Edge
50
Food and the Body
53
Our Secret Cannibal Desires
55
A Personal Journey Into Cannibalism
58
Cannibal Recipes
61
The Human Harvest
65
Aphrodisiacs
73
Flatulence
79
A Personal Journey Into Extreme Flatulence
84
Physiological Fun
87
Exhibitionism for the Romantic
93
Cooking with Aftershave
95
Fanny Sandwich
98
Red and White Soup
101
Mumbled Mushrooms
103
Homemade Gravlax
105
Smug Homemaker Iced Pea and Lemon Grass Soup
106
King Edwards Chippenham Cheese Savory
108
Chickenfoot Stew
109
Laver Bread
111
Mackerel Tartare
113
Heartbreaker
116
Lumpydick
117
Buckinghamshire Bacon Badger
118
Nettle Soup and Nettle Haggis
120
Rabbit Pie
123
Gruel
125
Monkey Gland Steak
127
Carpetbagger Steaks
129
Clapshot
130
Picassos Poussin
133
Interactive Pizza Engineering
135
Andy Warhols Chocolate Balls
138
Hasty Pudding
139
Flummery
141
Deepfried Mars Bar
143
The Worlds Oldest Recipes
158
Cooking with Insects
160
Frogs Legs
163
Testicles
166
Rhinoceros Soup
167
Drisheen
170
Ears
171
Reindeer Stew
174
Stargazey Pie
176
Stuffed Fish Heads
179
Stone Stepladder and Bucket Cream
181
Fourteenthcentury Blancmange
182
Grands Projets for Men and Women of Destiny
185
Headcheese
187
Suckling Pig
194
Turducken
199
Imu
203
BrillatSavarins Truffled Turkey
215
Guinea Pig
219
Leftovers
223
A Beginners Guide to Gastronautics
225
Beef Carpaccio
226
Calfs Liver
227
Seasonal Oddments
228
Pickled Eggs
229
Carrot Jam
230
Elderberry Flower Cordial
231
Herring Sperm on Horseback
232
Pickled Walnuts
233
Dandelion Coffee
234
Mushroom Ketchup
235
A Brief History of Washingup
237
Useful Web Sites and Suppliers
241
Bibliography
244
The Gastronautical Survey
248
Index
252
Acknowledgments
258
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About the author (2005)

STEFAN GATES is a self-styled epicurean desperado. He loves wild culinary quests, weird foods, and hardcore feasting-and he revels in destroying the kitchen every time he cooks. A comedy producer, director, and scriptwriter, he lives (to cook) in London.

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