The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book


The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book by Loren Bouchard, Universe 2016, hardback $19.95, 126 pages

So where did these cravings come from? I concluded it’s the baby ordering in. Prenatal takeout. Even without ever being in a restaurant, fetuses develop remarkably discerning palates, and they are not shy about demanding what they want. If they get a hankering, they just pick up the umbilical cord and call. ‘You know what would taste good right now? A cheeseburger, large fries, and a vanilla shake. And if you could, hurry it up, because I’m supposed to grow a lung in a half hour.
–Paul Reiser

Everyone loves a burger, and a witty cartoon. So why not combine them, with the help of a real chef and some punning writers? The result is a real cookbook that should inspire you to do some real cooking. It starts by teaching you how to cook a proper burger and your own fries and then takes off on a joke-inspired flavor journey.

The book was actually inspired by intrepid blogger, Cole Bowden, who start the Bob’s Burger Experiment to actually create the joke burgers from the show. (Thank you internet, for finding a place for everyone.) And like a loyal blogger, Bowden made every burger on the show; on his blog he recounts adventures with plantains, saffron, capers and creme fraiche. Loren Bouchard, who created the show, calls Bowden a culinary Miles Davis–inspired and experimenting.

His recipes reach their full potential with some “poking”and “prodding” from chefs Aliza Miner and Paul O’Connell, so you can cook in full confidence that these are burgers that will hit the funny bone and hungry stomach with equal impact.

There are a few veggie versions, like a slab of grilled eggplant layered with dill, mint, and yogurt, and a few non-beef versions–a Plymouth Roquefort Burger made with ground turkey, a Girls Just Wanna Have Fennel Burger with ground lamb, or a I Know Why the Cajun Burger Sings made with crawfish and ground sausage.

But, as a good burger should be, most of the book’s recipes are for beef burgers, enlivened and envisioned as poutine, broccoli, scallions, curry, papaya salsa, black garlic, enoki, humus, deviled eggs, and I could go on.

But the summer is coming, get out the grill and give into inspired cravings.

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