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Steel yourselves - Nanny Ogg is passing on some of her most interesting recipes and her most refined wisdom. 'Probably the best and certainly the tastiest of the Discworld spin-offs' - The Times 'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confused about anatomy as they gen'rally are about everything else, unless they' Steel yourselves - Nanny Ogg is passing on some of her most interesting recipes and her most refined wisdom. 'Probably the best and certainly the tastiest of the Discworld spin-offs' - The Times 'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confused about anatomy as they gen'rally are about everything else, unless they're talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage.' Nanny Ogg Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes. But in addition to the delights of the 'Strawberry Wobbler' and 'Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding', Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on social etiquette, life, death, courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much... Jam-packed with recipes favoured (or not!) by the great and good of the Discworld, full of Nanny Ogg's unique wisdom and way with words, and peppered with apoplectic notes from the editor and the publisher, this is a treasure trove of literary, culinary and comic delights. A must- purchase for any fan of the legendary Sir Terry Pratchett. *Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive. __________________________________________________________________ What fans are saying... 'This is Nanny Ogg at her naughty best...I sniggered and snerked all the way through' - ***** Reader review 'As expected, hilarious. Also beautifully illustrated. Had a kick reading the recipes, and will likely try a few!' - ***** Reader review 'Love this book! It is brilliant! If you don't already have this buy it now!!' - ***** Reader review 'Totally Brilliant!!!' - ***** Reader review 'I laughed myself silly reading this; it is VERY funny...I am looking forward to trying the recipes' - ***** Reader review


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Steel yourselves - Nanny Ogg is passing on some of her most interesting recipes and her most refined wisdom. 'Probably the best and certainly the tastiest of the Discworld spin-offs' - The Times 'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confused about anatomy as they gen'rally are about everything else, unless they' Steel yourselves - Nanny Ogg is passing on some of her most interesting recipes and her most refined wisdom. 'Probably the best and certainly the tastiest of the Discworld spin-offs' - The Times 'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confused about anatomy as they gen'rally are about everything else, unless they're talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage.' Nanny Ogg Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes. But in addition to the delights of the 'Strawberry Wobbler' and 'Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding', Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on social etiquette, life, death, courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much... Jam-packed with recipes favoured (or not!) by the great and good of the Discworld, full of Nanny Ogg's unique wisdom and way with words, and peppered with apoplectic notes from the editor and the publisher, this is a treasure trove of literary, culinary and comic delights. A must- purchase for any fan of the legendary Sir Terry Pratchett. *Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive. __________________________________________________________________ What fans are saying... 'This is Nanny Ogg at her naughty best...I sniggered and snerked all the way through' - ***** Reader review 'As expected, hilarious. Also beautifully illustrated. Had a kick reading the recipes, and will likely try a few!' - ***** Reader review 'Love this book! It is brilliant! If you don't already have this buy it now!!' - ***** Reader review 'Totally Brilliant!!!' - ***** Reader review 'I laughed myself silly reading this; it is VERY funny...I am looking forward to trying the recipes' - ***** Reader review

30 review for Nanny Ogg's Cookbook: a beautifully illustrated collection of recipes and reflections on life from one of the most famous witches from Sir Terry Pratchett’s bestselling Discworld series

  1. 4 out of 5

    Auntie Terror

    There are actual recipes in this book, and still this is a cookbook I could actually read in the usual sense of the word. Perhaps don't so so in public, though, because you might be forced to the same reaction as one of the editors' wife, i.e. audible giggles and/or laughter. There are actual recipes in this book, and still this is a cookbook I could actually read in the usual sense of the word. Perhaps don't so so in public, though, because you might be forced to the same reaction as one of the editors' wife, i.e. audible giggles and/or laughter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Schnuckiputzi

    OMG! This needs to be rated PG-17 -- Strawberry Wobbler?!?! If I made this dish, my husband would have a stroke. This is Nanny Ogg at her naughty best, with apoplectic notes from the editor and the publisher. I sniggered and snerked all the way through.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Sometimes you just have to lighten things up, y'know? As if the jokes-as-philosophy book wasn't light enough. There have been quite a few spin-off books from Pratchett's Discworld series in the years that he's been doing them. Various maps, the Science of Discworld books, plays, films and now this. And I think we can all agree that spin-offs are never quite as good as the original. Oh sure, there are laughs to be had - it is Nanny Ogg, after all. If you don't know who she is, then you need to go t Sometimes you just have to lighten things up, y'know? As if the jokes-as-philosophy book wasn't light enough. There have been quite a few spin-off books from Pratchett's Discworld series in the years that he's been doing them. Various maps, the Science of Discworld books, plays, films and now this. And I think we can all agree that spin-offs are never quite as good as the original. Oh sure, there are laughs to be had - it is Nanny Ogg, after all. If you don't know who she is, then you need to go through a few of the books in the Witches track of the Discworld series. If you don't have time for that, then let me sum it up for you. In the mountaintop village of Lancre, people still do things in the old ways. They have no real need for modern contrivances or newfangled ideas or, well, change. So in that way, they still see the need for witches where the rest of the world has decided that they're really nothing but interfering old biddies. Of course, they would never say so to their faces.... Lancre is the home to three witches. At least, there used to be three. One of them decided to trade it in to be a queen, leaving the elder witches to look after Lancre on their own. Granny Weatherwax is the elder of the two witches, and she is everything you expect in a witch. She's hard as nails, brooks no nonsense, and is the scariest thing in the mountains. She lives alone in her isolated shack, and takes great pride in people knowing that she was one of those people who didn't care what people thought. At her side is the more amiable, but no less powerful, Nanny Ogg. She's usually described as having a face like an apple left in the sun for too long. Unlike Granny, she's a matriarch, the head of a vast family of Oggs, and lives among the people. She has an infectious laugh, chats on and on, and is always ready to try new things. So, of the two, Nanny Ogg is the one who would naturally want to write a book. It's a cookbook, certainly, and contains a great many recipes. I may try some of them sometime, actually, as they are real recipes. The fictitious publishers take great pains to remind us that many of the original ingredients are either inedible or offensive, so while the dishes contained therein many not be authentic, they at least will probably not cause you any discomfort. The recipe I am most eager to try out is Mrs. Whitlow's Artery-Hardening Hogswatch Pie, although the Patrician's recipe for bread and water is tempting, as is Leonard of Quirm's method of making a cheese sandwich. There is a back half of the book as well, dealing mostly in the realm of etiquette and proper behavior. It's very amusing, and covers every situation from weddings to birth to death to visitations by semi-sentient scarecrows. What you really take away from it is that you should certainly be polite to everyone, and you should be especially polite to any witches you might come across. If you know what's good for you, anyway. I will be the first to admit that I'm a huge fan of Pratchett and his Discworld, but there are bigger fans than myself, and it is really for those people that this book was written. For some readers, the original books will never be enough, and they will clamor for any additional content to make the world they love more real. Thus things like the Harry Potter spin-off books, the Dark Tower companion books, and the various additional Discworld texts. If the original books were deficient in some way, if they added extra depth and substance to the characters, then I would collect them all. But this book doesn't really add anything to the Discworld because that world is already vivid and deep, a living world that the novels have brought to life over the last 25 years. I don't need a recipe book to tell me more about Nanny Ogg, and this recipe book doesn't tell me anything about Nanny Ogg - or any other Discworld characters - that I didn't already know. This book is an entertaining gimmick, and I hope that the rabid fans who love this kind of thing have found it to be the kind of thing that they like, to paraphrase Lincoln. But it doesn't inspire me to buy any more non-novel Discworld books. But that's just me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ravenskya

    I would say a "Must Have" for any Discworld fanatic, but unfortunately it's not a "Must Have"... what it is however is a very fun, whimsical cookbook assembled by our favorite dirty minded witch of Lancre - Nanny Ogg. Though this book does contain recipes (and most of them appear fairly legit) the reason to buy this book is for the old fashioned wisdom that used to come in cookbooks. The more of the Discworld books that you have read, the more you will recognize the names and people mentioned in I would say a "Must Have" for any Discworld fanatic, but unfortunately it's not a "Must Have"... what it is however is a very fun, whimsical cookbook assembled by our favorite dirty minded witch of Lancre - Nanny Ogg. Though this book does contain recipes (and most of them appear fairly legit) the reason to buy this book is for the old fashioned wisdom that used to come in cookbooks. The more of the Discworld books that you have read, the more you will recognize the names and people mentioned in the recipes. Everyone from the Patrician, to Nobby's Mum, to The King of Lancre have contributed their favorites (Even CMOT Dibbler has contributed his "Sausage-inna-bun recipe). There are also a series of "Ethnic" foods from Klatch, Quirm, Lancre, and many other of the Discworld lands including multiple Dwarven recipes which (include the ever popular "Dwarf Bread.") Throughout the cookbook you will find not only recipes, but also Nanny's quips, and advise, as well as notes from the "editors" who are very concerned about Nanny's tendency towards the vulgar. It is safe to have around the house because the kiddies won't get the references as Nanny always states them with double meaning and a wink. At the end of the book there is a section on life and etiquette which is absolutely hysterical. Having just been married two years ago, the section on weddings nearly had me in tears, specifically the instructional part about how to have the obligatory wedding fight among the guests. Note to those of you wavering about the purchase of this book. It's cute, it's funny, but it is by no means a novel. If you plan to sit down with it and read it as a book, you will be done in less than an hour and will probably be disappointed. If you are the type who has a few "Discworld junkie" friends, this is the perfect help to any party... you can all get together and make dwarf bread and see who's flies the farthest. This would also make an excellent gift for a Discworld fan. If you are planning to put it in your kitchen with the rest of your cookbooks, I would advise getting the hardcover version.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    There are several reasons why I love this book. 1. It's a first person perspective of one of my favourite Pratchett characters, Gytha 'Nanny' Ogg. A bawdy, friendly, matriarchal figure who is just beautifully written for. 2. Many of the recipes are provided by other Discworld characters and gives a little additional background and insight into these people, which might otherwise seem a little superfluous shared in the novels themselves. 3. It's a cookbook, so there are actually some decent reci There are several reasons why I love this book. 1. It's a first person perspective of one of my favourite Pratchett characters, Gytha 'Nanny' Ogg. A bawdy, friendly, matriarchal figure who is just beautifully written for. 2. Many of the recipes are provided by other Discworld characters and gives a little additional background and insight into these people, which might otherwise seem a little superfluous shared in the novels themselves. 3. It's a cookbook, so there are actually some decent recipes in there. A few of them are 'adapted' from the original Discworld recipes due to the shortage of certain native ingredients on boring, old Earth. And also certain physical laws which tend to be a teensy-bit more malleable on Discworld. 4. The illustrations provided by Paul Kidby - http://www.paulkidby.com/ - are just wonderful. He's the second official illustrator for the Discworld novels after the passing of Josh Kirby, and there is one particular illustration of a man/rambler meeting a troll for the first time and offering his hand (an insult about the troll's mother in the physical language of the trolls) that just cracks me up every time I see it. There are lots and lots of lovely little touches that you pick up on having read the Discworld series, but it would also be a nice gentle introduction to the humour and characterisations if you have never read any of the books before. If this book doesn't raise a little chuckle or two as you read through it, I would be very surprised.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marta

    Nanny Ogg is a lively witch with a keen wisdom, experience, and a great fondness for food, drink, and the double (or triple) entendre. When we talk of a cookbook by her, it generally means random food related references from all over Discworld, with well seasoned jokes. The recipes can be forgotten; the editors have felt they must be viable in the kitchen, and they are, but really, would you buy Nanny Ogg’s cookbook if you actually wanted to cook? The section on dwarf cookery was the most useful Nanny Ogg is a lively witch with a keen wisdom, experience, and a great fondness for food, drink, and the double (or triple) entendre. When we talk of a cookbook by her, it generally means random food related references from all over Discworld, with well seasoned jokes. The recipes can be forgotten; the editors have felt they must be viable in the kitchen, and they are, but really, would you buy Nanny Ogg’s cookbook if you actually wanted to cook? The section on dwarf cookery was the most useful, IMO, as it can also be used in combat. The better half of the book is the second part, where Nanny Ogg gives etiquette advice, i.e. tidbits that likely were too long for footnotes and have accumulated somewhere on Pratchett’s harddrive. They are fond reminders of dwarves, trolls, pictsies, the undead, and so on; and of course, the various ways witches should be invited to every celebration and welcomed with a large mug of drink. Written in Nanny Ogg’s irreverent style, this is a fun Discworld companion book and great gift for a Pratchett enthusiast. Its best feature is bringing up fond scenes in many other books (such as Wow-wow sauce and the Witch Trials), but it really is not reading material on its own. I only recommend it to seasoned Discworld afficionados.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anelis

    Interesting recipes and wickedly funny anecdotes with discworld's best. Interesting recipes and wickedly funny anecdotes with discworld's best.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix

    Delightful. Some of the food even appears to be edible.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Although I didn’t enjoy the recipes nearly as much as the sage, practical, and silly advice of Nanny Ogg, this was a fun diversion to dip into now and again as the mood struck for some levity.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Valeriya

    Good old Gytha 'Nanny' Ogg just couldn't stop herself from sharing a bit too naught recipes once again. Sadly we weren't treated to the language of the flowers and some of the spacier recipes and ingredients in the book, but kniwing Nanny Ogg I think we can all imagine it to the best of our ability. Good old Gytha 'Nanny' Ogg just couldn't stop herself from sharing a bit too naught recipes once again. Sadly we weren't treated to the language of the flowers and some of the spacier recipes and ingredients in the book, but kniwing Nanny Ogg I think we can all imagine it to the best of our ability.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Arnaud

    As expected, hilarious. Also beautifully illustrated :-) I had a kick reading the recipes, and will likely try a few! The part on etiquette is also quite informative, if I may say so myself :D

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steph Hayward-bailey

    I've always loved Nanny Ogg and having a book written by her is amazing. All her advice you can imagine her giving in the other discworld books. I've always loved Nanny Ogg and having a book written by her is amazing. All her advice you can imagine her giving in the other discworld books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Luuk Moone

    Fun little read and Nanny Ogg is brilliant as usual. All of the recipes are also edible so that's nice. And there's of course more to the book than just recipes in typical Discworld manner. Best recipe is the one submitted by the Librarian, called "Banana". Recipe: take one banana. Fun little read and Nanny Ogg is brilliant as usual. All of the recipes are also edible so that's nice. And there's of course more to the book than just recipes in typical Discworld manner. Best recipe is the one submitted by the Librarian, called "Banana". Recipe: take one banana.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kara Kozla

    This was a bit of fun. I am not sure I'd try all of the recipes (though a few sounded good) the humor and smiles there were wonderful and I will gladly reread this when I am in need. This was a bit of fun. I am not sure I'd try all of the recipes (though a few sounded good) the humor and smiles there were wonderful and I will gladly reread this when I am in need.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Nanny Ogg, Witch of Lancre of the Discworld, all-round purveyor of rude songs and logical common sense, has many pieces of advice to offer us, alongside rather questionable but do-able Discworldian recipes for the least delicate connoisseur of cuisine. I do feel bad for only giving this 2 stars, but my reasons are thus: whilst it gave me incredible joy to read something from the P.O.V. of Nanny Ogg (any of the witches would have done) and whilst there were infrequent titters at the shameless joy Nanny Ogg, Witch of Lancre of the Discworld, all-round purveyor of rude songs and logical common sense, has many pieces of advice to offer us, alongside rather questionable but do-able Discworldian recipes for the least delicate connoisseur of cuisine. I do feel bad for only giving this 2 stars, but my reasons are thus: whilst it gave me incredible joy to read something from the P.O.V. of Nanny Ogg (any of the witches would have done) and whilst there were infrequent titters at the shameless joy Nanny gets from a bit of hanky-panky and fun, it felt a bit like what it is: a little spin-off from a very successful series. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Terry and Discworld and I own all the spin-offs and have read them and read them and read them because adoration is unquenchable, but when you consider it as a book and only a book, it falls short of the mark. The humour was definitely there, but it was sparse and often a little lacklustre. There were nice insights to the characters of Discworld, but I feel a bit cheated because they were a little tame. It was so enjoyable to read, and I don't doubt I will be making the Strawberry Wobbler at some point in the future, but as a book and only as a book, it was just okay.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Madelene

    There are recipes in this book, but I don't know if the food's actually edible. I think so, though. The recipes are, however, not the reason why I bought Nanny Ogg's Cookbook. I bought it because I love Nanny Ogg. She's one of my favourite characters, not just from the Discworld novels, but all in all. The book is filled with little tips based on her wisdom of life. And boose. And men. We also gets some information about the undead: "At first glance this appears very simple. Nearly everyone you There are recipes in this book, but I don't know if the food's actually edible. I think so, though. The recipes are, however, not the reason why I bought Nanny Ogg's Cookbook. I bought it because I love Nanny Ogg. She's one of my favourite characters, not just from the Discworld novels, but all in all. The book is filled with little tips based on her wisdom of life. And boose. And men. We also gets some information about the undead: "At first glance this appears very simple. Nearly everyone you meet is 'undead'. That's why they're called alive. But infact we're talkin' about people who ought to be dead but ain't." Zombies, for example: "They're dead, but they wont lie down [. . .] It is not good manners to make cutting remarks like 'Isn't there something you be doing? Like lying down?' and certainly not 'Decompose yourself.' " The book remains true to the Discworld style, and I really enjoyed it. A bonus is that it's filled with Paul Kidby's illustrations, which I love.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Spuddie

    A hilarious compilation of recipes, Discworld gossip and folklore featuring Nanny Ogg, one of the Discworld's most notable witches. Most of the recipes actually look quite good, although I will need to do some conversions as they're written in UK measurements--which is only to be expected, and I will have to pick up some frogs so I can not add them to the Frog Pills. From the delectable sounding "Sticky Toffee Rat Onna Stick" to the "Knuckle Sandwich" and "Mrs. Gogol's Clairvoyant Gumbo," there' A hilarious compilation of recipes, Discworld gossip and folklore featuring Nanny Ogg, one of the Discworld's most notable witches. Most of the recipes actually look quite good, although I will need to do some conversions as they're written in UK measurements--which is only to be expected, and I will have to pick up some frogs so I can not add them to the Frog Pills. From the delectable sounding "Sticky Toffee Rat Onna Stick" to the "Knuckle Sandwich" and "Mrs. Gogol's Clairvoyant Gumbo," there's a good variety of sweet, savory, meat and meatless dishes, including my favorite simple recipes "Bread and Water" and "The Librarian's Recipe For Banana." This will be staying on my Keeper shelf with the rest of my Discworld collection--and I do intend to open it again and actually try some of this stuff. :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    JennaL

    Not only a great read... but has some legitimately tasty recipes included. I mainly bought the book because, well. Because I but EVERY T Pratchett book. Figured it would be an entertaining read, and honestly only made the first recipe as a way to kill a rainy afternoon. Shockingly, while they aren't going to end up on a 4-star menu, there ARE some really tasty recipes to pick from. I now own 2 copies - one to read, and one that is starting to look a bit battered from various culinary splashes. Not only a great read... but has some legitimately tasty recipes included. I mainly bought the book because, well. Because I but EVERY T Pratchett book. Figured it would be an entertaining read, and honestly only made the first recipe as a way to kill a rainy afternoon. Shockingly, while they aren't going to end up on a 4-star menu, there ARE some really tasty recipes to pick from. I now own 2 copies - one to read, and one that is starting to look a bit battered from various culinary splashes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Much obliged for an authoritative explanation of roast figgins. Must try the recipes for Sergeant Angua's vegetable stew and that Unseen University faculty favorite, Wow Wow sauce (first locating a thaumatologically inert glass bottle and stopper, of course). Etiquette tips on how to entertain duchesses, witches, and that gentleman who drops weasels down his trousers for a living should come in handy! Much obliged for an authoritative explanation of roast figgins. Must try the recipes for Sergeant Angua's vegetable stew and that Unseen University faculty favorite, Wow Wow sauce (first locating a thaumatologically inert glass bottle and stopper, of course). Etiquette tips on how to entertain duchesses, witches, and that gentleman who drops weasels down his trousers for a living should come in handy!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jasmiina F

    A funny book with some recipes I'm definitely going to try. I liked how there were some famous Discworld characters mentioned in this book, like Vetinari and Rincewind. A funny book with some recipes I'm definitely going to try. I liked how there were some famous Discworld characters mentioned in this book, like Vetinari and Rincewind.

  21. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    A fun book, with lots of special guest recipes by various Discworld characters. Some of the voices aren't quite up to Sir Terry's level, but it's still good fun. A fun book, with lots of special guest recipes by various Discworld characters. Some of the voices aren't quite up to Sir Terry's level, but it's still good fun.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Helena

    You can find my review here: http://embracingmybooks.blogspot.be/2... You can find my review here: http://embracingmybooks.blogspot.be/2...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Very enjoyable read if you like discworld novels. I am suspicious of the recipes and wonder if anyone has ever tried them.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    A bit of a laugh. There is an excellent bit where Nanny Ogg describes how to treat Granny Weatherwax, which she says is safe to have in the book cos Granny doesn't like books. A bit of a laugh. There is an excellent bit where Nanny Ogg describes how to treat Granny Weatherwax, which she says is safe to have in the book cos Granny doesn't like books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Richard Parfitt

    If you've made it as far as checking the reviews on Nanny Ogg's Cookbook, then you're probably nerdy enough to enjoy this small compendium of inside jokes for the well-versed Discworld fan. Perhaps the most surprising thing about this book is that these appear to be legitimate recipes (I haven't tried any yet, but even the Dwarfish bread recipe comes without the usual gravel; apparently this is a recipe for the city Dwarf who has gone soft). Beyond the food itself, this is a marvellous character If you've made it as far as checking the reviews on Nanny Ogg's Cookbook, then you're probably nerdy enough to enjoy this small compendium of inside jokes for the well-versed Discworld fan. Perhaps the most surprising thing about this book is that these appear to be legitimate recipes (I haven't tried any yet, but even the Dwarfish bread recipe comes without the usual gravel; apparently this is a recipe for the city Dwarf who has gone soft). Beyond the food itself, this is a marvellous character sketch. This isn't an in depth look at the characters and world-building behind the Discworld like the almanacs, or the Science of Discworld series, but it is a fun ditty with one of its most beloved inhabitants. Nanny Ogg's accompanying remarks come with their usual innuendo. On why Wizards don't take wives, she remarks that perhaps women cause their "magic staff to go bendy or something". One feels at all times the rich array of gags on which the Discworld sits, from the Wee Free Men's murderous banquets to why you should never shake hands with a troll over dinner. Highly recommended for the obsessive Pratchett fan.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gail Sacharski

    Nanny Ogg is one of the more interesting characters in the Discworld series & has some strong opinions (that mostly need to be censored). The first part of the book is full of popular dishes from various sources & places. While most have been adjusted so they can be edible & made with ingredients readily available to humans, there are some you may want to think twice about trying (like Rat-onna-Stick). But they are fun to read. There is also a section on Dwarf Cookery. The remainder of the book Nanny Ogg is one of the more interesting characters in the Discworld series & has some strong opinions (that mostly need to be censored). The first part of the book is full of popular dishes from various sources & places. While most have been adjusted so they can be edible & made with ingredients readily available to humans, there are some you may want to think twice about trying (like Rat-onna-Stick). But they are fun to read. There is also a section on Dwarf Cookery. The remainder of the book deals with etiquette--manners for dinners given by all species, hostess gifts, etiquette for particular peoples such as witches & wizards, as well as for dwarfs, trolls, the undead, & other assorted groups. There is also proper behavior for attending balls, weddings, christenings, investitures, & funerals. There are several times I found myself laughing out loud & I very much enjoyed all the clever advice, especially all the editor's notes banning certain suggestive parts of the book. An enjoyable read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hamda

    If you're craving some Discworld in your life and have read all the book then grab this one. There is one single page that is (about the author) where Nanny introduces herself and the book. This is followed by 25 pages from the publisher and editor effectively apologizing for, well, Nanny being Nanny! Don't read this in public, from page one her personality shines through and you will end up with (like the editors wife) with audible giggles and sniggers. The recipes in here are real but they are.. If you're craving some Discworld in your life and have read all the book then grab this one. There is one single page that is (about the author) where Nanny introduces herself and the book. This is followed by 25 pages from the publisher and editor effectively apologizing for, well, Nanny being Nanny! Don't read this in public, from page one her personality shines through and you will end up with (like the editors wife) with audible giggles and sniggers. The recipes in here are real but they are... ok I'll never be able to give them justice so here is the very first recipe in the book. Possibly the last if you prepared it with ALL of the ingredients!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ria

    This was such a fun read, of course anyone who read Pratchett knows Nanny Ogg and this was a collection of her creations and other recipes collected from around the Discworld and Ankh Morpork. Many other classic Disc characters are mentioned along with witty asides and erm some rather unusual ingredients a such as arsenic! Also included is a handy section for any reader on etiquette of how to deal with trolls and other species, table manners, forms of address and even how to kill vampires and wer This was such a fun read, of course anyone who read Pratchett knows Nanny Ogg and this was a collection of her creations and other recipes collected from around the Discworld and Ankh Morpork. Many other classic Disc characters are mentioned along with witty asides and erm some rather unusual ingredients a such as arsenic! Also included is a handy section for any reader on etiquette of how to deal with trolls and other species, table manners, forms of address and even how to kill vampires and werewolves. All very useful info. Beautifully illustrated throughout this was a delight and will enthral all Pratchett fans. A must for the die hard collector and devotee.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I just started reading the Discworld series and I'm enjoying it so much I had to get this cookbook to immerse myself into the world. Hilariously funny humour and anecdotes as well as some good advice with a chuckle. Some of the recipes are naughty but actually sound like they'd taste pretty good. It's all in the aaaaa..... presentation. Need to do some conversions though since it is from the UK and is in metrics. The strawberry wobbler will need a modified presentation if you're going to serve i I just started reading the Discworld series and I'm enjoying it so much I had to get this cookbook to immerse myself into the world. Hilariously funny humour and anecdotes as well as some good advice with a chuckle. Some of the recipes are naughty but actually sound like they'd taste pretty good. It's all in the aaaaa..... presentation. Need to do some conversions though since it is from the UK and is in metrics. The strawberry wobbler will need a modified presentation if you're going to serve it to the kids! Look forward to making some of them soon!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jake Mcconnell

    A book of collected wit and wisdom as only Terry Pratchett can put together. You can probably skip the recipe part at the beginning because they are sparse in terms of directions and not really all that amusing (actually most of the recipes can probably be replicated to yield edible results if someone wanted to), but the etiquette section is signature Pratchett ("Etiquette is for people that don't have manners"). A must read for any fans of the discworld series A book of collected wit and wisdom as only Terry Pratchett can put together. You can probably skip the recipe part at the beginning because they are sparse in terms of directions and not really all that amusing (actually most of the recipes can probably be replicated to yield edible results if someone wanted to), but the etiquette section is signature Pratchett ("Etiquette is for people that don't have manners"). A must read for any fans of the discworld series

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