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Friday, June 26, 2009

Is This the Gayest Book Ever Written About Food?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 3:45 PM


The Gay Cookbook by Chef Lou Rand Hogan


Published: 1965, Sherbourne Press, New York

What the hell?: The Boys in the Band meets James Beard -- a self-consciously campy guide to the kitchen, at a time when gays were still mostly closeted.

An excerpt from the entry for grinding hamburger: With our grinder 'greased and ready' we shop for some inexpensive meat. (We know, Gertrude, and you're not the only one who's spent half her life looking for inexpensive meat.) Eww.

What Celia Sack, owner of Omnivore Books on Food (3885a Cesar Chavez at Church) has to say about it: "I just saw it for the first time -- it's in the food studies collection of the Faels Library and Special Collections at NYU's Bobst Library. It's a really early example of that kind of thing. The library curator said the publisher did mostly gay porn."

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