Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Moderators: Jason, Toothy, Tonyblack

Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby Quatermass » Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:53 am

I recently bought Nanny Ogg's Cookbook, and have just read and reviewed it. I'd also like this thread to be an unofficial discussion thread of this book, and the other diaries/almanaks if possible.

I posted this review elsewhere, but I'm reposting it here to kick things off.

REVIEW: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs, Tina Hannan, and Paul Kidby


Having read all the Discworld novels thus far, and having started off this book-reading blog with the latest one, Snuff, I didn't expect to read another Discworld book. But Christmas shopping gave me the chance to buy, and then read, an interesting spin-off book in the series. I've heard that Nanny Ogg's Cookbook has even spawned a stage play in my native Australia at the very least. So I decided, after buying it, to take the plunge...

JHC Goatberger is in trouble. His Ankh-Morpork publishing business is losing money after many books, two of them Nanny Ogg's, were withdrawn from publication due to various reasons including obscenity. But when a third manuscript of Ogg's arrives, Goatberger, discovering that it is less lewd than The Joye of Snacks, decides to publish it, despite the fact that Ogg has clearly pilfered many of her recipes and knowledge from other publications. Within the cookbook, the reader can find many recipes (including Lord Vetinari's for bread and water, Lord Downey's for arsenic flavoured sweets, and Sergeant Angua's vegetarian meal), but also Nanny Ogg's philosphies on life, death, love, and etiquette...

This book obviously contains no story, save for the overarching one of how the publishers have decided to publish Nanny Ogg's book, as well as their need to make sure that anything lewd is censored, of which there is surprisingly little, given how bawdy Ogg is. One finds it hard to review a cookbook, but the recipes have a humourous air (I remember reading, years ago, a Doctor Who Cookbook, which had humorous titles, illustrations, and which sparked off a three day infatuation with mushrooms). Lord Vetinari's recipe for bread and water has a great twist at the end, and Lord Downey's recipe for arsenic-laden sweets has the authors emphasising that no arsenic be added, for obvious reasons. We also have some insights into the characters of the series, most of them old news, but some interesting new ones (like Nobby Nobbs actually having a mother, and one that looks human, at that).

Besides the recipes, the rest of the book is given over to advice on etiquette. Despite Goatberger and his foreman Cropper's assertions, this reads more like Ogg doing the telling, albeit a toned down Ogg. We also have some intriguing new insight into Lancre and its folklore, including a very creepy scarecrow that seems to be distrubingly Weeping Angel-like, if not actually malevolent. The humour is okay, but the book, while entertaining, is not spectacular.

Even so, this is definitely something for the Discworld fan to enjoy. Interesting, humorous, and with some recipes to try, it adds a certain flavour (pun unintended) to the Discworld mythos.



8.5/10


First words: Memo from JHC Goatberger

Last words: 'Tir Nani Ogg', The Square, Lancre.
All you need to understand
Is everything you know is wrong!


-Weird Al Yankovic
User avatar
Quatermass
Member
 
Posts: 5672
Joined: Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:58 am

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby gribeaux » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:58 pm

I love this book. It still reads as a DW book, and as part of the canon but is separate.

I lent it to a friend, not a DW fan, who had the sad task of sitting up with a very sick person (I'm sure you get the picture) and the book kept her mind off the thing that was being awaited. She said that she had trouble explaining to the nurses the occasional bits that she read out to her friend, and the solitary laughter.

I keep meaning to try out the Strawberry Wobbler, and have made a version of Rat Pizza, to universal 'YUK!' then the whole lot was scoffed in short order. It is a good book to dip into. The pictures are just fantastic, and a treat for Kidby fans like me.
User avatar
gribeaux
New member
 
Posts: 11
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:55 pm

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby alicenanjing » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:43 pm

I've tried the Slumpie, it's quite interesting. And the gumbo (if I'm not mistaken, it has been a couple of years), but I was disappointed with that one, it was good but not the epicurean delight I expected.
alicenanjing
Member
 
Posts: 54
Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:02 pm

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby Fortune Clutterbuck » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:34 pm

I bought it but dare not try any of the recipes :?
Last edited by Fortune Clutterbuck on Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:54 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Fortune Clutterbuck
Member
 
Posts: 98
Joined: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:31 pm

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby Anilori » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:33 pm

My friend and I made the Howondaland curry; it wasn't the best curry I'd ever eaten, but it was quite edible ;)
User avatar
Anilori
Member
 
Posts: 198
Joined: Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:02 am
Location: In Hades, with the frogs

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby Fortune Clutterbuck » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:54 pm

Did it have watery gritty sultanas in?
User avatar
Fortune Clutterbuck
Member
 
Posts: 98
Joined: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:31 pm

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby Anilori » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:34 am

That'd be Mrs Colon's Ankh-Morpork curry (another recipe :) ). The Authentic Howondaland one just has peppers, onions, and coconut milk, if I remember well. I really should get this book for myself, I'd like to try the cakes^^
User avatar
Anilori
Member
 
Posts: 198
Joined: Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:02 am
Location: In Hades, with the frogs

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby treblenot » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:55 pm

In reference to Nanny Ogg, there is a portrait in The Last Hero of the Mona Ogg. Anyone who has seen this should try to find a magazine published in the United States named Style and refer to the September 2011 issue. The picture on the cover of Beyonce is a great example of life imitating art.
treblenot
New member
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:42 pm

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby raptornx01 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:11 pm

oh, thats mean :lol:
"The reason an author needs to know the rules of grammar isn't so he or she never breaks them, but so the author knows how to break them."
User avatar
raptornx01
Member
 
Posts: 2254
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:03 am
Location: South florida, US

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby meerkat » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:25 pm

Nobby's Mum's Distressed pudding is excellent. And you can't go wrong with the simple banana recipe from the Librarian! :D
Just a meerkat from The Effing Forest
User avatar
meerkat
Member
 
Posts: 13476
Joined: Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:32 pm
Location: Wilberfoss East Riding Yorkshire

Re: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (review and other comments...)

Postby hazel8252 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:38 pm

I tried the Chocolate Delight with Special Secret Sauce. With some of the 'special' ingredients missing it lacked the 'warming' effect it had on Bucket and Co in Maskerade, but was still very nice!
HO. HO. HO.
hazel8252
New member
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Fri May 27, 2011 10:54 am


Return to Discworld novels

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests