Winner of Diagram’s 2013 Prize for the oddest book title of the year, Saiyuud Diwong’s Cooking with Poo beat out titles like The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria and Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World.
Incidentally, it’s available on iTunes, but NOT Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
The story behind “Cooking with Poo” (I just love to say that) is actually very heartwarming.
The 114-page cookbook derives its unsanitary title from author Saiyuud Diwong’s nickname, Poo, which is Thai for crab. Diwong lives in Bangkok’s Klong Toey slum, where she runs a community cookery school. She wrote the book as a way to earn income while helping others in the slum to start businesses through Urban Neighbors of Hope.
I feel so much better after reading the story behind this book.
Not only am I happy to see an engaging young woman helping others through writing, I’m also excited to know that if I ever get to Thailand, I’m likely to get a good meal if I ask for “poo.” That’s a win-win in my book.
And, of course, now I want to read about Poo’s recipes and find out more about this “Penis Panic” in Singapore… So much hilarious trivia, so little time.
What’s on your reading list right now, in either the serious or non-serious category? Had you heard about “Cooking with Poo?” What’s the craziest book on your bookshelf right now? Enquiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!