by Angela Petrella & Michaelanne Petrella and Mike Bertino & Erin Althea

Recipe

This is the most fun book you will read this year. It feels so wide-eyed and it makes me giggle.

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If you aren’t aware of McSweeney’s new line of children’s books called McMullens, you should be. Many of their titles will cause similar reactions.

The first thing I noticed upon randomly opening the book was this particular image:

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Of course a book entitled Recipe would include a recipe. I just didn’t know it would include four hundred hot dogs, a new puppy, and a helmet. Instant love was my feeling. I didn’t even really need to read it. I just knew. This spread told all.

But the mood of the whole book matched this page! A pleasant surprise… Spread after spread – as impressive as the next.

Here, you can see for yourself:

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I didn’t want to spoil you with any images of the actual recipe pile, but suffice it to say, I believe it is an accurate image of a disgusting mass of junk food and pork product.

I did, however, want to share some of the other gems in the book… For instance, I love it when the endpapers tell the whole story, simply:

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And I love it when the authors and illustrator images are incorporated into the style of the book:

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It’s also a plus when there is a ridiculous recipe from a very well known pastry chef to accompany a book about a ridiculous recipe. So thank you, Angela and Michaelanne Petrella. Thank you, Mike Bertino and Erin Althea. Thank you, Christina Tosi. And thank you, McSweeney’s for making a perfect little book that delights in experimental kitchen joy.

You can purchase this book, and additional McMullens titles, here at The McSweeney’s Store.