Fanny Hill’s Cook Book

Fanny Hill’s Cook Book

Fanny Hill’s Cook Book (Odyssey, 1970) by Lionel H. Braun and William Adams, with illustrations by the peerless Brian Forbes, is a little treasure trove of fun recipes and deeply dubious double-entendres. I picked it up recently on a hunt for alternative cookbooks – I got another along similar lines as well, which I’ll post shortly.

Highlights include ‘Whores d’Oeuvres’, ‘Hot Bitch in a Blanket’ (with suitably Marianne Faithfull-esque illustration), ‘Fellatio Mignon’, and such gems of the cookery writer’s art as “Remove your balls as soon as they begin to puff up and turn brown. Drain your balls and pop them in the mouth of a deserving guest.”

I am, I must say, somewhat dubious of the quality of the recipes, and the tenuous links with the deservedly famous Ms Hill herself, but this is entirely secondary to the quality of the copy and the illustrations. I’m a sucker for sensuous cookery. I might have to scan the whole thing.

If anyone has any recommendations for cookbooks in a similar vein, I’d love to hear them. I think this might be the start of a new obsession.

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