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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 woma '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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'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 woma '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.

30 review for Nanny Ogg's Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Book Wyrm

    The Discworld version of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management written by everyone's favourite aged lech, Nanny Ogg. It's exactly what you'd expect, with tips on ettiquette when meeting Trolls, the correct why to beat someone with a chair at a family wedding and several recipes 'written' by various Discworld characters, most of which are genuine and palatable to make, with a distinctly British feel to them. It's simple, but it's funny and delightful; it's occassionally bawdy yet wholesome. I The Discworld version of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management written by everyone's favourite aged lech, Nanny Ogg. It's exactly what you'd expect, with tips on ettiquette when meeting Trolls, the correct why to beat someone with a chair at a family wedding and several recipes 'written' by various Discworld characters, most of which are genuine and palatable to make, with a distinctly British feel to them. It's simple, but it's funny and delightful; it's occassionally bawdy yet wholesome. I think everything you could want to know about the book is summed up by this particular illustration from it:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Sometimes you just have to lighten things up, y'know? As if the jokes-as-philosophy book wasn't light enough. There have been quite a few spin-off books from Pratchett's Discworld series in the years that he's been doing them. Various maps, the Science of Discworld books, plays, films and now this. And I think we can all agree that spin-offs are never quite as good as the original. Oh sure, there are laughs to be had - it is Nanny Ogg, after all. If you don't know who she is, then you need to go t Sometimes you just have to lighten things up, y'know? As if the jokes-as-philosophy book wasn't light enough. There have been quite a few spin-off books from Pratchett's Discworld series in the years that he's been doing them. Various maps, the Science of Discworld books, plays, films and now this. And I think we can all agree that spin-offs are never quite as good as the original. Oh sure, there are laughs to be had - it is Nanny Ogg, after all. If you don't know who she is, then you need to go through a few of the books in the Witches track of the Discworld series. If you don't have time for that, then let me sum it up for you. In the mountaintop village of Lancre, people still do things in the old ways. They have no real need for modern contrivances or newfangled ideas or, well, change. So in that way, they still see the need for witches where the rest of the world has decided that they're really nothing but interfering old biddies. Of course, they would never say so to their faces.... Lancre is the home to three witches. At least, there used to be three. One of them decided to trade it in to be a queen, leaving the elder witches to look after Lancre on their own. Granny Weatherwax is the elder of the two witches, and she is everything you expect in a witch. She's hard as nails, brooks no nonsense, and is the scariest thing in the mountains. She lives alone in her isolated shack, and takes great pride in people knowing that she was one of those people who didn't care what people thought. At her side is the more amiable, but no less powerful, Nanny Ogg. She's usually described as having a face like an apple left in the sun for too long. Unlike Granny, she's a matriarch, the head of a vast family of Oggs, and lives among the people. She has an infectious laugh, chats on and on, and is always ready to try new things. So, of the two, Nanny Ogg is the one who would naturally want to write a book. It's a cookbook, certainly, and contains a great many recipes. I may try some of them sometime, actually, as they are real recipes. The fictitious publishers take great pains to remind us that many of the original ingredients are either inedible or offensive, so while the dishes contained therein many not be authentic, they at least will probably not cause you any discomfort. The recipe I am most eager to try out is Mrs. Whitlow's Artery-Hardening Hogswatch Pie, although the Patrician's recipe for bread and water is tempting, as is Leonard of Quirm's method of making a cheese sandwich. There is a back half of the book as well, dealing mostly in the realm of etiquette and proper behavior. It's very amusing, and covers every situation from weddings to birth to death to visitations by semi-sentient scarecrows. What you really take away from it is that you should certainly be polite to everyone, and you should be especially polite to any witches you might come across. If you know what's good for you, anyway. I will be the first to admit that I'm a huge fan of Pratchett and his Discworld, but there are bigger fans than myself, and it is really for those people that this book was written. For some readers, the original books will never be enough, and they will clamor for any additional content to make the world they love more real. Thus things like the Harry Potter spin-off books, the Dark Tower companion books, and the various additional Discworld texts. If the original books were deficient in some way, if they added extra depth and substance to the characters, then I would collect them all. But this book doesn't really add anything to the Discworld because that world is already vivid and deep, a living world that the novels have brought to life over the last 25 years. I don't need a recipe book to tell me more about Nanny Ogg, and this recipe book doesn't tell me anything about Nanny Ogg - or any other Discworld characters - that I didn't already know. This book is an entertaining gimmick, and I hope that the rabid fans who love this kind of thing have found it to be the kind of thing that they like, to paraphrase Lincoln. But it doesn't inspire me to buy any more non-novel Discworld books. But that's just me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I would say a "Must Have" for any Discworld fanatic, but unfortunately it's not a "Must Have"... what it is however is a very fun, whimsical cookbook assembled by our favorite dirty minded witch of Lancre - Nanny Ogg. Though this book does contain recipes (and most of them appear fairly legit) the reason to buy this book is for the old fashioned wisdom that used to come in cookbooks. The more of the Discworld books that you have read, the more you will recognize the names and people mentioned in I would say a "Must Have" for any Discworld fanatic, but unfortunately it's not a "Must Have"... what it is however is a very fun, whimsical cookbook assembled by our favorite dirty minded witch of Lancre - Nanny Ogg. Though this book does contain recipes (and most of them appear fairly legit) the reason to buy this book is for the old fashioned wisdom that used to come in cookbooks. The more of the Discworld books that you have read, the more you will recognize the names and people mentioned in the recipes. Everyone from the Patrician, to Nobby's Mum, to The King of Lancre have contributed their favorites (Even CMOT Dibbler has contributed his "Sausage-inna-bun recipe). There are also a series of "Ethnic" foods from Klatch, Quirm, Lancre, and many other of the Discworld lands including multiple Dwarven recipes which (include the ever popular "Dwarf Bread.") Throughout the cookbook you will find not only recipes, but also Nanny's quips, and advise, as well as notes from the "editors" who are very concerned about Nanny's tendency towards the vulgar. It is safe to have around the house because the kiddies won't get the references as Nanny always states them with double meaning and a wink. At the end of the book there is a section on life and etiquette which is absolutely hysterical. Having just been married two years ago, the section on weddings nearly had me in tears, specifically the instructional part about how to have the obligatory wedding fight among the guests. Note to those of you wavering about the purchase of this book. It's cute, it's funny, but it is by no means a novel. If you plan to sit down with it and read it as a book, you will be done in less than an hour and will probably be disappointed. If you are the type who has a few "Discworld junkie" friends, this is the perfect help to any party... you can all get together and make dwarf bread and see who's flies the farthest. This would also make an excellent gift for a Discworld fan. If you are planning to put it in your kitchen with the rest of your cookbooks, I would advise getting the hardcover version.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Schnuckiputzi

    OMG! This needs to be rated PG-17 -- Strawberry Wobbler?!?! If I made this dish, my husband would have a stroke. This is Nanny Ogg at her naughty best, with apoplectic notes from the editor and the publisher. I sniggered and snerked all the way through.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    There are several reasons why I love this book. 1. It's a first person perspective of one of my favourite Pratchett characters, Gytha 'Nanny' Ogg. A bawdy, friendly, matriarchal figure who is just beautifully written for. 2. Many of the recipes are provided by other Discworld characters and gives a little additional background and insight into these people, which might otherwise seem a little superfluous shared in the novels themselves. 3. It's a cookbook, so there are actually some decent reci There are several reasons why I love this book. 1. It's a first person perspective of one of my favourite Pratchett characters, Gytha 'Nanny' Ogg. A bawdy, friendly, matriarchal figure who is just beautifully written for. 2. Many of the recipes are provided by other Discworld characters and gives a little additional background and insight into these people, which might otherwise seem a little superfluous shared in the novels themselves. 3. It's a cookbook, so there are actually some decent recipes in there. A few of them are 'adapted' from the original Discworld recipes due to the shortage of certain native ingredients on boring, old Earth. And also certain physical laws which tend to be a teensy-bit more malleable on Discworld. 4. The illustrations provided by Paul Kidby - http://www.paulkidby.com/ - are just wonderful. He's the second official illustrator for the Discworld novels after the passing of Josh Kirby, and there is one particular illustration of a man/rambler meeting a troll for the first time and offering his hand (an insult about the troll's mother in the physical language of the trolls) that just cracks me up every time I see it. There are lots and lots of lovely little touches that you pick up on having read the Discworld series, but it would also be a nice gentle introduction to the humour and characterisations if you have never read any of the books before. If this book doesn't raise a little chuckle or two as you read through it, I would be very surprised.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anelis

    Interesting recipes and wickedly funny anecdotes with discworld's best.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix

    Delightful. Some of the food even appears to be edible.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arnaud

    As expected, hilarious. Also beautifully illustrated :-) I had a kick reading the recipes, and will likely try a few! The part on etiquette is also quite informative, if I may say so myself :D

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steph Hayward-bailey

    I've always loved Nanny Ogg and having a book written by her is amazing. All her advice you can imagine her giving in the other discworld books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Nanny Ogg, Witch of Lancre of the Discworld, all-round purveyor of rude songs and logical common sense, has many pieces of advice to offer us, alongside rather questionable but do-able Discworldian recipes for the least delicate connoisseur of cuisine. I do feel bad for only giving this 2 stars, but my reasons are thus: whilst it gave me incredible joy to read something from the P.O.V. of Nanny Ogg (any of the witches would have done) and whilst there were infrequent titters at the shameless joy Nanny Ogg, Witch of Lancre of the Discworld, all-round purveyor of rude songs and logical common sense, has many pieces of advice to offer us, alongside rather questionable but do-able Discworldian recipes for the least delicate connoisseur of cuisine. I do feel bad for only giving this 2 stars, but my reasons are thus: whilst it gave me incredible joy to read something from the P.O.V. of Nanny Ogg (any of the witches would have done) and whilst there were infrequent titters at the shameless joy Nanny gets from a bit of hanky-panky and fun, it felt a bit like what it is: a little spin-off from a very successful series. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Terry and Discworld and I own all the spin-offs and have read them and read them and read them because adoration is unquenchable, but when you consider it as a book and only a book, it falls short of the mark. The humour was definitely there, but it was sparse and often a little lacklustre. There were nice insights to the characters of Discworld, but I feel a bit cheated because they were a little tame. It was so enjoyable to read, and I don't doubt I will be making the Strawberry Wobbler at some point in the future, but as a book and only as a book, it was just okay. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  11. 5 out of 5

    Madelene

    There are recipes in this book, but I don't know if the food's actually edible. I think so, though. The recipes are, however, not the reason why I bought Nanny Ogg's Cookbook. I bought it because I love Nanny Ogg. She's one of my favourite characters, not just from the Discworld novels, but all in all. The book is filled with little tips based on her wisdom of life. And boose. And men. We also gets some information about the undead: "At first glance this appears very simple. Nearly everyone you There are recipes in this book, but I don't know if the food's actually edible. I think so, though. The recipes are, however, not the reason why I bought Nanny Ogg's Cookbook. I bought it because I love Nanny Ogg. She's one of my favourite characters, not just from the Discworld novels, but all in all. The book is filled with little tips based on her wisdom of life. And boose. And men. We also gets some information about the undead: "At first glance this appears very simple. Nearly everyone you meet is 'undead'. That's why they're called alive. But infact we're talkin' about people who ought to be dead but ain't." Zombies, for example: "They're dead, but they wont lie down [. . .] It is not good manners to make cutting remarks like 'Isn't there something you be doing? Like lying down?' and certainly not 'Decompose yourself.' " The book remains true to the Discworld style, and I really enjoyed it. A bonus is that it's filled with Paul Kidby's illustrations, which I love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Spuddie

    A hilarious compilation of recipes, Discworld gossip and folklore featuring Nanny Ogg, one of the Discworld's most notable witches. Most of the recipes actually look quite good, although I will need to do some conversions as they're written in UK measurements--which is only to be expected, and I will have to pick up some frogs so I can not add them to the Frog Pills. From the delectable sounding "Sticky Toffee Rat Onna Stick" to the "Knuckle Sandwich" and "Mrs. Gogol's Clairvoyant Gumbo," there' A hilarious compilation of recipes, Discworld gossip and folklore featuring Nanny Ogg, one of the Discworld's most notable witches. Most of the recipes actually look quite good, although I will need to do some conversions as they're written in UK measurements--which is only to be expected, and I will have to pick up some frogs so I can not add them to the Frog Pills. From the delectable sounding "Sticky Toffee Rat Onna Stick" to the "Knuckle Sandwich" and "Mrs. Gogol's Clairvoyant Gumbo," there's a good variety of sweet, savory, meat and meatless dishes, including my favorite simple recipes "Bread and Water" and "The Librarian's Recipe For Banana." This will be staying on my Keeper shelf with the rest of my Discworld collection--and I do intend to open it again and actually try some of this stuff. :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    JennaL

    Not only a great read... but has some legitimately tasty recipes included. I mainly bought the book because, well. Because I but EVERY T Pratchett book. Figured it would be an entertaining read, and honestly only made the first recipe as a way to kill a rainy afternoon. Shockingly, while they aren't going to end up on a 4-star menu, there ARE some really tasty recipes to pick from. I now own 2 copies - one to read, and one that is starting to look a bit battered from various culinary splashes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Much obliged for an authoritative explanation of roast figgins. Must try the recipes for Sergeant Angua's vegetable stew and that Unseen University faculty favorite, Wow Wow sauce (first locating a thaumatologically inert glass bottle and stopper, of course). Etiquette tips on how to entertain duchesses, witches, and that gentleman who drops weasels down his trousers for a living should come in handy!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jasmiina F

    A funny book with some recipes I'm definitely going to try. I liked how there were some famous Discworld characters mentioned in this book, like Vetinari and Rincewind.

  16. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    A fun book, with lots of special guest recipes by various Discworld characters. Some of the voices aren't quite up to Sir Terry's level, but it's still good fun.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Helena

    You can find my review here: http://embracingmybooks.blogspot.be/2...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Very enjoyable read if you like discworld novels. I am suspicious of the recipes and wonder if anyone has ever tried them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I just started reading the Discworld series and I'm enjoying it so much I had to get this cookbook to immerse myself into the world. Hilariously funny humour and anecdotes as well as some good advice with a chuckle. Some of the recipes are naughty but actually sound like they'd taste pretty good. It's all in the aaaaa..... presentation. Need to do some conversions though since it is from the UK and is in metrics. The strawberry wobbler will need a modified presentation if you're going to serve i I just started reading the Discworld series and I'm enjoying it so much I had to get this cookbook to immerse myself into the world. Hilariously funny humour and anecdotes as well as some good advice with a chuckle. Some of the recipes are naughty but actually sound like they'd taste pretty good. It's all in the aaaaa..... presentation. Need to do some conversions though since it is from the UK and is in metrics. The strawberry wobbler will need a modified presentation if you're going to serve it to the kids! Look forward to making some of them soon!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Rosas

    I enjoyed reading this book, the recipes look real enough and the social education is quite useful if you ever visit the disc. It made me laugh a few times, the recipe part had always a reference to the disc characters and some are not even recipes at all, like the Librarian or Da Quim’s ones, some other recipes are quite real and doable and, being Nanny Ogg some are very suggestive.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cass

    This is the first and only book I've read about Discworld and so I should not judge the series or the author from just this. But it really was not all the that good. A book of recipes by the character, Nanny Ogg. It also expounded on other traditions of Discworld. I might have to read something from that series before judging this book as only being ok.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Too may fish recipes and the sex advice was redacted, otherwise this was a lot of fun.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annm

    A must have for fans of Discworld’s witches who cook.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim Clarke

    A wonderful collection of recipes from some of our favourite Discworld resisdents, finished off with Nanny Og's observations and seasoned with notes from the Editor.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    A wonderful fantasy cookbook from the Discworld, containing both recipes and the wit and wisdom of the Lancre witches. Any Discworld fan will love this collection.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Fun book - an extension of the discworld novels

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    A few good laughs, but not really useable as a cookbook. Might be more entertaining for those who have read the entire book series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Collin Berner

    Amusing, but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who is not already a Discworld fan.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elyn

    this is hilarious, even if you dont like cooking

  30. 5 out of 5

    Greymalkin

    Hilarious and fun. Not sure about the recipes but this is a wonderful read.

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