Noisemakers/vegan propagandists the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine have released their annual Worst Cookbooks of the Year list (also see their 2011 and 2010 lists). By "worst" they mean bad for you "according to a nutritional analysis based on estimates by PCRM dietitians." The books on this year's list include The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, which not only includes recipes styled after what people ate 100 years ago also has the nerve to suggest you eat foie gras, and Southern Living The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook, which has recipes for stuff like "Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Burgers." Below, find the full list of offenders; if you're interested in some actual cookbook recommendations, check out Eater's essential cookbooks for 2012.
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines
PCRM says: "Squab with Fig Foie Gras is made with pigeons, duck fat, foie gras (veins removed), and butter...If you are planning a party for the season three premiere this January and don't want your guests carried out like Lady Mary's diplomat friend, you'll also want to steer clear of the Saxe-Coburg Soup (butter, heavy cream, and whole milk) and Lobster Thermidor (lobster, butter, whole milk, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and bacon)."
Emeril's Kicked-Up Sandwiches by Emeril Lagasse
PCRM says: "Lagasse created Spicy Meatloaf Po'boys with Smoked Provolone for newswoman Diane Sawyer. With friends like Lagasse, who needs enemies?"
My Year in Meals by Rachael Ray
PCRM says: "On April 15, Ray bypassed the gift of health for a friend's birthday and made artery-clogging Chocolate Cupcakes with Bacon-Cream Frosting loaded with bacon, buttermilk, butter, cream cheese, and milk."
Fifty Shades of Chicken by FL Fowler
PCRM says: "The subtitle of Fifty Shades of Chicken is 'a parody in a cookbook.' But there's nothing funny about how these cholesterol-laden chicken recipes will affect your health...It is not just the names of the recipes that make Fifty Shades of Chicken dirty."
Southern Living The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook
PCRM says: "Tailgaters who start the day with the Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole that contains a pound of mild pork sausage, a pound of spicy pork sausage, a cup of cheddar cheese, six large eggs, and two cups of milk may not see halftime."
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