The Hungover Cookbook Review

27 Feb

The Book:












                  Now I bought this book just for the novelty of it. I mean a cookbook dedicated to being hungover definitely needed to have a place in my library. However I was also prepared for this book to be a complete waste of my money. From what I knew there had never been a book like this so I had no idea what to expect. When the book arrives I am super surprised at just how great it is. Between the setup, illustrations, visual tests (yes I said visual tests), and recipes this has become one of my favorite books.

       What makes this book so great? Well I’ll tell you:

The Six Types of Hangovers

       The author uses the book The Mating Season by P.G. Wodehouse as a hangover guideline. It determines that there are six types of hangovers from the mild to the most debilitating. They are the Broken Compass, the Sewing Machine, the Comet, the Atomic, the Cement Mixer, and the Gremlin Boogie. Each are given their own time to shine when they are described in detail in the recipes section.








Getting your diagnosis

       So how exactly do you determine what hangover you have? You take a questionnaire and visual test of course! Ugghhh! I know it might sound ridiculous but really it is actually a lot of fun. You will encounter an elephant with what seems to have five legs, a messed up cube, and dots lots of dots. Then you will get a questionnaire about how you feel physically. So where and how does it hurt you? (Groan) At the end of these tests you should be able to determine what type of hangover is plaguing you. This came in handy New Year’s Day when I woke up with what I determined to be the Comet 😉 Oh goody!











The Recipes

       You will start off with the hangover first. Following the hangover and its particular description (and cute illustration) you will find the perfect remedies to cure your sickness. Each recipe is also rated on a scale from easy to never going to happen. This definitely comes in handy when your judgment is well a little less than perfect. The only problem that I had with the recipes was that the ones for the Comet were not exciting enough for me. My Summer Berries Compote with Yogurt sounds horribly boring compared to the Atomic’s Spicy Sausage and Bean Casserole. It seemed like all of the best recipes were for the worst hangovers. I know I can just take a recipe from another chapter but I wanted to eat a meal prescribed for my particular hangover. Oh well I guess. (I don’t care I’m making a casserole!)








                    So over all, this book was really great. It was set up beautifully with funny illustrations and quotes. I liked the simplicity of the cover, the writing style of the author, and the surprise of just how good the book was. Other than that the recipes for my hangover were less than exciting, I have nothing negative to say about this book. If you want a clever, funny, unique cookbook pick up this little gem as soon as possible. You never know when you are going to need it.  Cheers! —-CMY

Rating: 9/10


10 Responses to “The Hungover Cookbook Review”

  1. londonchoirgirl February 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    My brother gave me this a while ago. Only trouble is on the (very rare) occasion that I have too much to drink, I always feel sick the next morning and never want to eat anything…

    • Christina @ Salt Pepper Brilliant February 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      Haha I usually am the same way. I don’t drink to illness but I had bought this book a few weeks before New Year’s and I needed it (because I had too much of a good time). I actually was starving too so it came in handy. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment 😀

  2. Geetanjali February 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    This book sounds really fun! I’ll be on the look out for it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Christina @ Salt Pepper Brilliant February 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

      Your welcome! It is really fun, I bought mine from which is pretty much where I get all of my books from, haha. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment 😀

  3. Jenny March 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    What a cool idea for a cook book! Love the cute illustrations and I can totally relate to hangover envy when your diagnosed hang over’s recipe’s were a bit “meh”. I always get diet envy in those silly dieting books that categorise you and dictate a different set of do’s and don’ts for each “type” (body shape…blood type…what colour undies your wearing this morning…?). It probably wouldn’t matter if my “type” I was allowed everything under the sun but prunes…I’d be getting huffy about the one smoothie recipe with prune juice thrown in ;).

    Great review, I totally want to check this book out now 🙂

    • Christina @ Salt Pepper Brilliant March 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

      Haha love your comment! The book is a really fun read and has some great recipes. You definitely should check it out, thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. thingsmybellylikes March 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Ahahaha, I didn’t know this book existed but it’s a keeper. I can think of a few people that will be getting it on their next birthdays.

    When I’m hungover I’ve no problem with recipes being boring. Simpler the better since I can only barely tell one end of a spoon from the other.

    Given that St Paddy’s Day is fast approaching, I might be needing to quick order this 🙂

  5. Vinny Grette June 4, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    Clever. Looks like a fun read!

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