So, haha! A couple of weeks ago I made fun of a cookbook and gave it a very SEO title, and what happens? Craig Walsh, husband of the author, came to her valiant defense in the comments. Haha! Yes! This really happened and I am just pleased as punch about the whole thing.
I would excerpt it, but the whole thing is worth reading in full for its wry British sensibility. Herewith:
Marjorie originally was asked to create over-the-top recipes for a glossy dog magazine (“Paw Luxuries”) printed in Boca Raton, Florida. The idea was to create recipes that nobody would cook for their dog. To Marjorie’s surprise, and that of the publisher, dog owners actually did prepare such goodies as Poochie’s Paella and Chicken with Black Cherry Sauce.
In fact, the US Department of Agriculture asked if they could license the photograph of the paella to include in a book to show Customs agents what paella looks like. I pointed out that the photograph clearly showed the word “DOG” on the side of the bowl, and that was fine with them. It was, they said, an excellent photograph of paella.
These recipes are online at http://luciesfarm.com/artman/publish/Goodies_for_Dogs_25/index.php
The over-the-top recipes, designed as such, led to an approach by a publisher to do a cookbook. It was originally to be glossy, coffee table book — but Random House wanted drawings so it could be sold as a companion to “Cooking for Birds” written by another author. See http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Birds-Mark-Golley/dp/1845372581 You can buy a copy for 56 cents via Amazon.
Say what you will of Marjorie’s recipes, but our dogs are happy and healthy. And at least we keep the cook, maid, and butler employed — rather than turfing them out to live under a motorway bridge somewhere dank.
Marjorie is flattered that her long out-of-print book is still getting reviews. We have several boxes of new copies in the basement if anyone is interested. I’ll send the footman to fetch them.
It’s nice that he’s a good sport about it all. I didn’t realize it was a meta-parody of dog owners. Or something. Anyway. Cheerio, Craig! I really do love you!