George Noory, heard on the radio late at night on America’s “Coast to Coast Am”, and William J. Birnes, UFO Hunters star, have created a whimsical cookbook featuring 150 of Noory’s favourite recipes (gathered from friends, family and staff) for after-midnight snacking.
There are twelve chapters in the hard cover book (which has an alien and microwave on the cover). The book begins with Alternative History and Conspiracies before seguing into Ancient Worlds, Pop Culture, and ending with chapters entitled ETs, UFOs, UAPs, Weird and Bizarre. The categories of recipes are meant to tie into topics discussed on the radio show. The alphabetical index in the back of the book will help you find recipes such as Granny’s Granola, Herby Vegetable Crackers, Old-Fashioned Dumplings, Auntie’s Turkey Salad, and Uri’s Bent Spoon Bread. A couple recipes include alcohol as an ingredient; many have meat. Of course, all these recipes could be eaten at regular meal times (Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, Sneaky Coleslaw, Quick pizza), but because they contain few ingredients and they are not too complicated to make, they can be enjoyed by those who want a quick bite to eat when they are up late at night trying to pass the time until morning by listening to the radio or some other activity that doesn’t require a lot of physical activity.
The book does not have any color pictures, but every recipe comes with a small annotation or story about the recipe. These observations by the author personalize each recipe and add appeal to the food you are about to make.
Basic Tomato Sauce: Nothing is more comforting to the Italians I know than to have a whole lot of tomato sauce in the pantry. This recipe is an ideal way to use up all the bountiful tomatoes of the summer, and if you make the sauce in the quantity when tomatoes are plentiful, the cost-per-unit can be enormous. The procedure described in how my friends’ grandmothers always made their sauces. Black-and-white drawings accompany a few of the recipes,
illustrating the steps one takes to make the recipes. Several of the recipes include variations, and they all indicate serving size. A few recipes are healthy or meatless, and the author includes a couple recipes for tea (Good Digestion Tea and Balmy Lemon Tea).
People who like to try tried-and-true recipes will like this book. The author ends his book in a Final Words page by saying: “These are my absolute favorite treats. I’ve tried to make them simple to prepare. No gourmet stuff here.”