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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (25 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385600054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385600057
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 15.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12th March 2015

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Book Description

A useful and improving Almanack of Information including Nourishing Recipes from Discworld. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'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. Anyway, we do not live in a perfect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying. Learning to cook is also useful.'

Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it. But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette ('If you go to other people's funerals they'll be sure to come to yours'), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much.

Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive.

Nanny Ogg Gratefully Ackowledges the Assistance in this Literary Argosy of: Mr Terry Pratchett, Mr Stephen Briggs, Mlle Tina Hannan and Master Paul Kidby.


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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Schneehase VINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
I laughed myself silly reading this; it is VERY funny. Cookery books are not usually humorous reading, but this one is a corker. I am looking forward to trying the recipes (especially the Dwarf bread and battle scones), and think they look perfectly do-able.
If you own a copy of 'The Joye of Snacks', and can bring it out into the open without it spontaneously combusting, you probably don't need this book.
If you are a fan of the Disk World and Nanny Ogg, you definitely do need this book - it is a true classic of a type never before (or since) seen.
The advice in the back of the book is also hilarious and entirely true in all respects - I would recommend this book for any about-to-be-married couple; they will cherish it.

Update on my review:
Since buying the book, I've had a go at a number of the recipes and they do work and have proved very popular with my family. Also, if you promise not to tell Nanny Ogg, I'll let you into a little secret ... many of the recipes can be adapted to suit vegetarians. The Klatchian curry using quorn instead of chicken was delicious; the Slumpie worked very well with quorn mince and the Gumbo was excellent without anything that had been dredged out of the bottom of a swamp. I haven't yet plucked up courage to try the Distressed Pudding ... watch this space!
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By T. Lewcock on 22 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
The design of "Nanny Ogg's Cookbook" is based on the traditional "Beeton's book of Household Management". For anyone that has not heard of this almost timeless publication it, apart from over 1,350 recipes, gives advice on a variety of subjects related to running a house, including for example 'Duties of the valet' etc. (Well in does in my 1st Edition Fascimile anyway ISBN: 0907486185)

Nanny Ogg's book, apart from being filled with some excellent drawings by Paul Kidby, includes Modes of Address; Etiquette at the Table; The Language of Flowers, Royal Occassions and Etiquette in the Bedroom as well as a few others.

All in all an excellent supplement to the Discworld series and don't be afraid to try out the recipes because in the words of the Authors

"...strict accuracy has been sacrificed in the interestes of having as many readers at the end of the book as we had at the start. The main aim has been to get the look and feel of the original Discworld recipes whilst avoiding, as far as possible, the original taste."

An enjoyable read that, just like any other DW book, got priority in my reading order when I received it for a Christmas present and was finished sometime before lunch on Boxing day, although that didn't include trying any of the recipes. Well let's face it, would you fancy Sticky Toffee Rat Onna Stick after too much Christmas pud and brandy butter?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Frankie Mouse on 4 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have had my copy of this book for some years now and am seriously considering buying another copy as mine is rather the worse for wear. I have made quite a few of the recipes and frequently dip in to it for a giggle. My favourite proper recipes are strawberry wobbler which is either a tasty mousse or an obscene gesture depending on your choice of presentation. A tip though the first time I made it I used canned cream which separated out a little during setting and made it even ruder looking!!! Seldom Buckets favourite snack is extremely tasty and you cant go wrong with Nanny Oggs's perfectly innocent porridge with completely inoffensive honey mixture which shouldn't make anyone's wife laugh.
The recipe for Bloody Stupid Johnson's individual fruit pie is one I have not tried yet but it sounds like a hearty snack full of your five a day (at least).
The only fault with this book is the binding isn't up to the number of times you will dip into it and of course holding it open while following the recipes.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
To all you Discworld fans out there- don't be
discouraged from buying this book because it's
a cooking book.There are lots of illustrations by Paul Kidby- this guy is AMAZING. My favorite is a drawing of Nanny and Casanuda looking very guilty under Granny's scrutinizing gaze. If you look at Nanny's dress hard enough you'll see why... ;)
Half of this book is recipes including strawberry wobbler(you figure it out...) Rincewind's recipe for...er... potatoes, Vetinari's recipe for bread and water (not as simple as it sounds!) and the Bursar's recipe for "spoon! give it a royster!" (aka dried frog pills). we finally learn what a figgin is and how to make it.
there are many other recipes some real, some not
all of them great.
the second half is all about etiquette.
etiquette with witches,wizards,dwarfs,trolls,
kings,dukes and scarecrows.tips on courtship, weddings, etc. etc.
BUY THIS BOOK! trust me, you will not regret it!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
If you read Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad or more importantly Maskerade, then you know that Nanny Ogg does 'a bit of cooking'. In Maskerade the recipes turn up in a printed book, and are cooked for some of the opera hall staff. Never has a Strawberry Wobbler given so many laughs.
If you like the witches, then read this cookery book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Wyndham-Birch on 8 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved this book, it gave me laugh-out-loud moments as well as a lot of useful advise. The recipies are accurate and re-creatable and some of them were recipies that I had thought would be lost in the deep recesses of history. I recommend this book as an all-purpose cookbook- and remember to have a laugh!
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