The Gallery of Regrettable Food: Highlights from Classic American Recipe Books - James Lileks *3.3 Stars*

Scorecard: (Out of 10)
* Quality of Writing - 5
* Pace - 4
* Plot development - N/A
* Characters - 7
* Enjoyability - 5
* Insightfulness - 6
* Ease of Reading - 7
* Photos/Illustrations - 6
Final Score: 40/70 = 57%


If pictures like the above leave you queasy, this is not the book for you. (I can barely look at this.)

*The Gush and Rant*

As I talked about in my review of Interior Desecrations, I have long enjoyed Lileks' website and spent many happy hours laughing until I couldn't take it anymore. So I was looking forward to reading this, as it was based on a section of the site I'd not really seen.

I wish it'd stayed that way.

First let me say, this is a funny book. Lileks brings his sarcastic wit to bare on some of the most wretched pictures of food you will ever run across.

However, I found this book extremely hard to get through for two reasons. The first reason is illustrated perfectly by just randomly clicking through a few pictures on his website. I'll warn you not to read this book right after a meal as I found many pictures to be physically nauseating. Some of his descriptions are very trying as well.

Which brings me to my second point. James Lileks is extremely funny and his descriptions of the horrendous interior designs as well as the food in these two books clearly show that. However, in this book he chose to be more...well disgusting and had infinitely more innuendos in this one book then the other. This book I would certainly classify as adult humor because of the type of things he eludes to. That is not to say it isn't funny but I find the other book funnier.

If you're looking for a good example of Lileks' humor, I'd suggest [b:Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible '70s|824538|Interior Desecrations Hideous Homes from the Horrible '70s|James Lileks||810309]. This is a good book, but not his best.