Mike Beversluis

Friday, July 31, 2009

“Being eaten alive by hyenas is less painful than you would think.”

Herter’s magnum opus, though, was “Bull Cook,” a wild mix of recipes, unsourced claims and unhinged philosophy that went through at least 15 editions between 1960 and 1970. Herter claimed one million copies sold; Brown guesses it was closer to 100,000. Either number is impressive, and the wild curveball of the book’s opening lines remains unmatchedin American literature: “I will start with meats, fish, eggs, soups and sauces, sandwiches, vegetables, the art of French frying, desserts, how to dress game, how to properly sharpen a knife, how to make wines and beer, how to make French soap and also what to do in case of hydrogen or cobalt bomb attack, keeping as much in alphabetical order as possible.”

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  • Thanks for making me an instant George Herter fan. This post itself is perhaps "actually made far better than is necessary," as he would say.

    By Anonymous e, at 02 August, 2009 18:04  

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