Ford and Foie Gras

Ford Tuning coverFord Tuning : Secrets Revealed

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 However, I was concerned that the technology referred to in it would be out-of-date.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.”


Ford tuning back cover

Ford Mustang

Secrets revealed

Cooking with DiabloSport

Hungarian cooking

Stuffed peppers


  1. Wait, they included a cooking section in a car book and you’re not cooking in the car’s engine compartment? What’s the point of that?

  2. Cars are all alike to me no matter what their brand – gas-guzzling, pollution-spewing coffins of glass and steel that turn ordinary people behind the wheel into raging psychopaths – so if it wasn’t for the recipes chapter I would have zero interest in this book.

  3. It sounds like the recipe thing was a promotional gimmick, judging by the reference to collecting all the recipes from all the “Secrets Revealed” books. Apparently they were hoping this would provide an incentive to people to “collect ’em all!” But I think they overlooked the obvious question of why people who wanted recipes would buy a bunch of “Secrets Revealed” books to compile a few recipes at a time, rather than buying just one book full of recipes, i.e., a cookbook.

  4. A dinner – why? A Hungarian dinner – double why? Ford … Hungary? … This is a mystification.

  5. I guess if you’re going to self-publish, and you wanted to write both a book on Ford electronic tuning and one on Hungarian cuisine, you might as well kill two birds…?

  6. Ok, how would we construct a Dewey number for this? (besides using the number of the first topic treated when both are treated equally)

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