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Gastronaut : Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy, and the Brave,9780156030977

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

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9780156030977

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0156030977
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Pub. Date:
4/3/2006
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Summary

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 CREEDFood 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: canaps 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.

Author Biography

STEFAN GATES is an 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.

Table of Contents

Hello xi
The Gastronaut's Creed xiv
The Gastronaut's Toolbox
1(26)
Let Them Eat Gold
3(6)
Teaching Grandmothers To Suck Eggs
9(4)
How To Make Your Own Moonshine (Almost)
13(2)
How To Make Your Own Biltong
15(3)
How To Make Your Own Cheese
18(3)
How To Make Your Own Margarine
21(4)
A Biscuit-tin Smokery
25(2)
Adventures In Dining
27(26)
The Last Supper and Other Memorable Meals
29(9)
How To Stage a Bacchanalian Orgy
38(9)
Why Not Eat Insects?
47(3)
How Britain Lost Its Culinary Edge
50(3)
Food and the Body
53(40)
Our Secret Cannibal Desires
55(3)
A Personal Journey Into Cannibalism
58(3)
Cannibal Recipes
61(4)
The Human Harvest
65(8)
Aphrodisiacs
73(6)
Flatulence
79(5)
A Personal Journey Into Extreme Flatulence
84(3)
Physiological Fun
87(6)
Exhibitionism for the Romantic
93(54)
Cooking with Aftershave
95(3)
Fanny Sandwich
98(3)
Red and White Soup
101(2)
Mumbled Mushrooms
103(2)
Homemade Gravlax
105(1)
Smug Homemaker Iced Pea and Lemon Grass Soup
106(2)
King Edward's Chippenham Cheese Savory
108(1)
Chicken-foot Stew
109(2)
Laver Bread
111(2)
Mackerel Tartare
113(3)
Heartbreaker
116(1)
Lumpydick
117(1)
Buckinghamshire Bacon Badger
118(2)
Nettle Soup and Nettle Haggis
120(3)
Rabbit Pie
123(2)
Gruel
125(2)
Monkey Gland Steak
127(2)
Carpetbagger Steaks
129(1)
Clapshot
130(3)
Picasso's Poussin
133(2)
Interactive Pizza Engineering
135(3)
Andy Warhol's Chocolate Balls
138(1)
Hasty Pudding
139(2)
Flummery
141(2)
Deep fried Mars Bar
143(1)
Toffee Fondue
144(2)
Frumenty
146(1)
Adventures for the Bold and the Brave
147(38)
Sea Urchin Gonads
148(1)
Cow-heel Soup
149(2)
Pigeon Pie
151(1)
Mock Turtle Soup
152(5)
Fish Sperm on Toast
157(1)
The World's Oldest Recipes
158(2)
Cooking with Insects
160(3)
Frogs' Legs
163(3)
Testicles
166(1)
Rhinoceros Soup
167(3)
Drisheen
170(1)
Ears
171(3)
Reindeer Stew
174(2)
Stargazey Pie
176(3)
Stuffed Fish Heads
179(2)
Stone, Stepladder, and Bucket Cream
181(1)
Fourteenth century Blancmange
182(3)
Grands Projets for Men and Women of Destiny
185(38)
Headcheese
187(7)
Suckling Pig
194(5)
Turducken
199(4)
Imu
203(12)
Brillat-Savarin's Truffled Turkey
215(4)
Guinea Pig
219(4)
Leftovers
223(14)
A Beginner's Guide to Gastronautics
225(1)
Beef Carpaccio
226(1)
Ten-hour Leg of Lamb
226(1)
Roast Partridge
226(1)
Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic
226(1)
Calf's Liver
227(1)
Whole Roasted Pineapple
227(1)
Seasonal Oddments
228(1)
Rhubarb Shortcake
228(1)
Pickled Eggs
229(1)
Sweetbreads
229(1)
Carrot Jam
230(1)
Elderflower Cordial
231(1)
Herring Sperm on Horseback
232(1)
Pickled Walnuts
233(1)
Marsh Samphire
233(1)
Dandelion Coffee
234(1)
Fragolina Grapes
234(1)
Mushroom Ketchup
235(1)
Homemade Ginger Beer
235(2)
A Brief History of Washing up 237(4)
Useful Web Sites and Suppliers 241(3)
Bibliography 244(4)
The Gastronautical Survey 248(4)
Index 252(6)
Acknowledgments 258


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