Here’s one way to eat your feelings stemming from the 2016 presidential election.
Two recipe books humorously take on the candidates and the election’s aftermath.
There’s “The Donald Trump ‘All-American’ Super-Mega-Huge-Gigantic Cookbook” by art auction broker Les Fox, featuring 50 recipes for 50 states, due out March 1 for $19.95.
And you don’t have to wait for the self-published “Craft Cocktails by Val: Drinks Inspired by Hillary Rodham Clinton,” by Heike Kevenhörster, which is already available at craftcocktailsbyval.com for $35 plus shipping from Europe.
The lineup in the Donald Trump-based book includes “Vladimir Putin’s Russian Blizzard Frozen Yogurt/Alaska;” “McCain/McCanyon Rattlesnake McNuggets/Arizona;” and “Bill & Hillary’s Anti-Aging Arkansas Grits.”
You’ll also find “Louisiana Drain-the-Swamp Crawfish Bouillabaisse” and “The Kim Jung (sic) Un ‘Rocket Man’ New York Chili Dog.”
The recipes are more joke than proper technique, but that’s the point. For example, the Kim Jong Un recipe includes a pic of the North Korean leader smiling and a step that reads “Make that ridiculous face on page to right & take selfie” before adding chili and cheese to your frank.
“The sole purpose of the book is to make people laugh,” Fox tells the Daily News. “I created this book to treat politicians and political events as outrageously silly instead of outrageously controversial.”
Fox describes the recipes as “sort of cookable.” They include the “Great Wall of Tacos,” a recipe for a 30-foot wall made out of tacos, “Mexican concrete” and steel cable.
The author admits he didn’t taste test any of the recipes.
“I reviewed popular recipes for each dish and combined them in a corrupted recipe blend filled with lots of subtle jokes,” he says.
Fox collaborated with graphic artist Jim Ticchio to come up with ridiculous images to go with each recipe, such as Donald Trump on the book cover dressed as superhero Captain America and Sen. John McCain with a rattlesnake tattoo.
If you don’t want to wait for the full book to come out in March, you can score a limited edition 10-recipe version now for $4.95 on Amazon.com.
If you’re looking to drown your political sorrows, “Craft Cocktails by Val” can help.
The eponymous “Val” is actually Hillary Clinton, who played a bartender named Val in a 2015 “Saturday Night Live” sketch opposite Kate McKinnon as Clinton. Author Kevenhörster, a German journalist, imagines these are the drinks she’d sling.
In contrast to Fox, Kevenhörster created and tasted each concoction in her book.
“My favorite drinks are probably Swiss Sleep Sanitarium (based on something Clinton wrote in her infamous emails), Shoulder Shimmy, Woman Card, Hot Roddy, and Sober Moment (the only drink with no alcohol),” Kevenhörster says of the colorful drinks.
There’s also the Hillary Tonic, a mix of gin, bitters, tonic water and a lemon slice; and the October Surprise, made with a shot of espresso, tonic water, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge and orange peel.
“Liquors are to me what paint is to a visual artist,” Kevenhörster tells the News.
Sarah Sole, a Berlin-based artist known for her work inspired by Clinton, provides various mash-ups of Clinton with famous paintings and movie characters for the book. The collages include Clinton as Sadness from Pixar’s “Inside Out,” as Tarzan holding Jane and as the politician being kissed by Marilyn Monroe.
(from “Craft Cocktails by Val: Drinks Inspired by Hillary Rodham Clinton,” by Heike Kevenhörster)
2 ounces of dry gin
2/3 ounces fresh lemon juice
2/3 ounces pure cranberry juice
2/3 ounces simple syrup
2 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
In a mixing glass, combine the gin, simple syrup, and the juices. Add the bitters and stir over ice. Fine strain into a coupe glass. Do all this with confidence, elegance, knowledge, wit, poise and brilliance. When your evil rival melts down and the audience holds its breath, entertain us with your shoulder shimmy!
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