There's a new novelty cookbook hitting the shelves next week (Nov. 13), just in time for white elephant party season. Fifty Shades of Chicken is a clever parody of the scandalous triology written under the pseudonym F.L. Fowler. The book tells the story of a meek chicken ("Ms. Hen") and a sexy chef ("Mr. Blades") as they undergo a series of kitchen BDSM plays deftly woven into the recipe headnotes. But as much as the writer tries to imitate 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James's clunky prose, his or her copy is crisp and shows a clear knowledge of the food world. Now the question is: Who is F.L. Fowler?
A September article in People magazine identifies Fowler as "an established food industry professional" who wants to remain anonymous. As the Fowler told People:
"I've been developing recipes for years. But this is the first time I've ever delved into this dark, forbidden side of poultry preparation," explains the writer. "And when it comes to sexing up a family dinner, a little privacy can be a good thing."
There are plenty of recipe developers in the world who aren't household names, but we're hoping it's someone famous who decided to do this for fun, someone like Ruth Reichl. Either way, we bet Ruth Bourdain knows.
To fully appreciate Fowler's new chicken cookbook, we're afraid you'll have to go back and read the original Fifty Shades of Grey, otherwise you might miss the finer nuances of recipes like "Plain Vanilla Chicken." Don't worry, we're sure you can borrow a copy from someone. And in the meantime, you can check out the steamy trailer for Fifty Shades of Chicken: