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New Cookbook Features Recipes Created from Discarded Grocery Lists

How about a nice nine-volt battery burger?

Tom Lakeman via Kickstarter

The last grocery list you wrote was likely a strange amalgam of mostly unrelated items like mustard, apples, paper towels, and lightbulbs. A London photographer is treating these very personal written artifacts as recipes and transforming them into an unusual cookbook of sorts, reports Time Out London.

Photographer Tom Lakeman explains the concept behind the book — titled À La Cart — which he's launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund:

I've been collecting people's discarded shopping lists for the past 8 years. I started going into supermarkets just to look inside the baskets and trolleys for people's abandoned shopping lists! It became bit of an obsession... and it still is. I wasn't until I had about 200 handwritten shopping lists that I decided they weren't lists at all. They were recipes... and so it began. A book always seemed like the natural medium for the project to end up in. The idea that people could share and use it to cook from it made the idea even more absurd. I had only one rule when preparing the meals. All ingredients on the list had to be used. Ingredients that had been crossed out were not allowed.

Among the oddball 'recipes' in the book are a nine-volt battery burger, sushi rolls made with toilet paper, and a cigarette butt and potato chip salad.

Maki Toilet Rolls

[Photo: Tom Lakeman]

Cigarette Butt Salad

The project is currently about one-third of the way to its £9,000 ($13,759) goal and Lakeman hopes to have books delivered to backers by Christmas.

London is also about to spawn another weird book from grocery store products: The city's Cereal Killer Cafe is releasing a cookbook next month with recipes like cornflake chicken, sausage-stuffed Shredded Wheat, and Cocoa Pop brownies.

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