Synopses & Reviews
Step aside Iron John-and pass the coleslaw. Welcome to the world of patio cuisine, where foods from the '50s meet the discerning tastes of the '90s. From Buzzomatic Coffee Coolers to Cracklin' Sugar-Charred Cowboy Steak, Backshack Blueberry Cornbread, and Gooey Mounds Sundaes, Patio Daddy-O brings back all the fun, spirit, and nostalgia of outdoor cooking with new twists on classic fare. Illustrated with full color photographs of vintage tablecloths, aprons, and other period essentials, and complete with valuable tips on barbecuing like a pro, Patio Daddy-Ooffers a lively look back for '90s fans- and makes a neat-o gift for Dad.
From: Adobe Magazine
Perhaps the most over-the-top example of the Chronicle Books style is a small, square volume called Patio Daddy-O: '50s Recipes with '90s twist, written by Gideon Bosker, Karen Brooks, and Leland and Crystal Payton. The book pokes fun at the myth of an idyllic suburban America of the 1950s, and the recipes sound suitably scary. "Slab-O-Fun Barbecues Meat Loaf." "Uncle Bob's Peanut Butter Sandwiches with Texas Sweets." "Dragonbreath Corn on the Cob." The fun begins, no doubt, with an "Atomic Cocktail."
You may wonder what you'd get if you actually followed many of these recipes, but despite all their silliness, they are very clearly presented. All the ingredients are grouped together on one convenient list and the procedures are broken into short, easy-to-skim numbered steps.
About the Author
Gideon Bosker is an Oregon based author, photographer, and connoisseur of popular culture whose many books include Freak Show, and Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s.
Karen Brooks is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in many national publications. She is currently the arts editor and restaurant critic for the Oregonian in Portland, Oregon.
Leland and Crystal Payton are well-known collectors and photographers of vintage 50s memorabilia.