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Eating Badly

The Junk Food Companion: The Complete Guide to Eating Badly
Spitznagel
1999

Submitter: This book is clearly meant to be humorous, but it was shelved right in the middle of the diet books and cook books. It does contain some interesting facts and trivia about various types of junk food, but even that information is dated. At the very least, this book should be shelved with humorous books; at best it should be weeded.

Holly: I can see why it’s technically cataloged under “junk food,” which is technically 613.2, but I say go for broke and re-catalog it to the 800s in humor. Be brave! The library police only go after nickel fines, not renegade catalogers.

This book is kind of fun! See if it circulates better over in the 800s, and a year from now weed it if it hasn’t. However, if you’re strapped for space, it can probably be weeded without any ill effects. I do like the “Effective trick or treating techniques” offered on the back cover, though!

More Funny Food

Be Bold with Bananas

Salmon Jell-o Anyone?

It’s Congealed!

Sandwiches from Hell

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Creamy Goodness for the Tummy

The Bland Diet Cookbook
Schulz
1978

Back in the olden days before they discovered what the real story of ulcers was all about, bland diets were the go to treatment for just about anything that qualified as “stomach trouble”. I remember that spicy food was usually considered the culprit in many stomach ailments back in the day and a bland diet was the cure.

I am sure browsing the recipes in this book will just entice you to cook cream of “something” soup. Dairy sensitive people need not apply.

Mary

More Healthy Eating:

Counting Calories

Fabulous Fructose

Not Your Mama’s Lean Cuisine

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Ford and Foie Gras

Ford Tuning : Secrets Revealed
Kotzig
2001

Submitter: I recently found this hardcover in the automotive repair section at my public library. It appears to self-published, but has some very professional-looking graphic design and doesn’t seem like a cheap book. However, I was concerned that the technology referred to in it would be out-of-date. The book is thirteen years old and uses some very Windows 95-like screen shots as illustrations. Not to mention that it reads like one big infomercial for DiabloSport, “a manufacturer of performance electronics” that the author happens to be a co-founder of. I was prepared to withdraw the book based on those factors and it’s circulation numbers alone, but I’m so glad I continued flipping through until I reached page 152. That’s the beginning of “the most important chapter!” The one that teaches you to cook a full-course Hungarian dinner for your friends and family “after a successful day of tuning” — followed by twelve pages of recipes and cooking photos!

I am lucky I didn’t burst out laughing in the middle of the reference desk. This book made my day… But it still got weeded.

Holly: Here in the Detroit area, all titles about Ford are sacred, but the cooking section is bizarre! The subject headings are “Ford automobile” and “Ford automobile–Motors–Maintenance and repair.” It doesn’t say anything about cooking. The back cover claims “It is the most comprehensive collection of information on Ford electronic tuning ever printed.” It might well have been in 2001, and the information does seem pretty solid for its time, but I doubt that this book is still relevant for today’s Ford vehicles. Libraries in southeast Michigan may want to keep it if there are auto aficionados in their communities. The Woodward Dream Cruise may depend on it….eventually, when 2001 is considered “classic.”

More Auto Fun:

Real Auto-Erotica! (NSFW!)

Motor City Special

Baby, you can drive my car

See a Man About a Car

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