Thursday, November 24, 2022

The Hungover Gourmet Returns to Print!

It seemed fitting to make this announcement on the most food-centric holiday on the US calendar. 

The Hungover Gourmet: The Journal of Food, Drink, Travel & Fun will return as a print publication in 2023. 

I've flirted with this idea in years past but never pulled the trigger. But after careful consideration (sorta), chatting with fellow zine publishers (okay, one zine publisher), and even writing a THG-inspired piece for said zine publisher, it felt like the time was right. 

I’m not sure if this will be a one-shot deal, an annual thingy, or a return to regular publication (as if we ever had that). I just know that I’ve missed the outlet and after searching for something to fill the creative void left after burning out on Exploitation Retrospect: The Journal of Junk Culture & Fringe Media (issues 52 & 53 still available at Amazon!), I decided to stop searching and return to something I really loved doing—writing snarky restaurant reviews while having an excuse to indulge myself in the frozen food section of ALDI and LIDL. 

At this point I still desire contributions to help make this a worthy Hungover Gourmet reboot. Like Leonard Nimoy, I’m in search of 250 to 2,000 word reviews, rants, essays, food fiction and non-fiction, as well as cartoons, photography, and artwork. Topics THG is interested in include (but are not limited to): 
  • Restaurants That Aren’t There Anymore
  • Food In Media (TV Shows, Movies, Comics, Music)
  • Childhood Memories
  • Restaurant/Food/Drink Reviews
  • Cooking Disasters/Successes 
All contributors whose work has been accepted for publication will receive byline/artist credit as well as two copies of the issue in which their work appears. 

To submit work, or for more information, email Deadline for contributions to THG #12 is December 31, 2022. – Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor is the editor/publisher of The Hungover Gourmet and Exploitation Retrospect. Look for a new Hungover Gourmet website launching soon!

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Chesapeake Beer Crab Dip for National Beer Day

For National Beer Day I was going to post a Beer Can Chicken recipe – one of my favorite meetings of two favorite things. But everybody knows how to make that so I dug deep into the archives and found a recipe I used to make that I clipped from the Philly Inquirer when I was just out of college. It's super tasty and reminds me a lot of the crab dip appetizer served at The Point here in Towson, MD where it is served with tater tots. (Click image to enlarge.)

Monday, April 04, 2022

Happy National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day!

Happy National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day! Recipe courtesy of Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers: Blue Ribbon Poultry Cookbook (1973). Click recipe to enlarge.

Friday, April 01, 2022

Rock In April with A New Episode of Around The Dial with DJ Cosmo


Happy Friday! DJ Cosmo has the soundtrack for your weekend whether you're a Final Four junkie or don't know a block from a charge. Check out the latest episode of Around The Dial featuring everything from a Girlschool/Motorhead teamup and The Godfathers to the gang from Yo Gabba Gabba and much more.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Celebrate National Tater Day with Potatoes Anna

I wrote about my Mom – Anna Taylor – and her unwitting influence on The Hungover Gourmet back in 2013 when she passed away and nine years later (!) I still smile whenever I see or reference my used copy of Betty Crocker's Good and Easy Cookbook.

Granted, it's not Mom's copy – that disappeared when we were cleaning out the home she and my Dad lived in for 40+ years – but that cookbook was the only one she owned, even if I never saw her reference it or use it for anything more than storage for recipes she had clipped from the newspaper. Recipes that she would never reference or make, they simply caught her eye while having coffee and waiting for us to rise and shine.

So when it came time to find a recipe to celebrate National Tater Day (March 31st) I knew there had to be something hearty and worth sharing from a 1950s Betty Crocker tome.

Imagine my surprise when I looked and spotted, yep, Potatoes Anna staring back at me from those familiar pages.

Happy National Tater Day, Mom! I hope you and Dad are enjoying a nice meal together. – Dan Taylor

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The Simpsons ... Cookbook by Laurel Randolph

"I'm so hungry I could eat at Arby's."

If, like me, you're a huge fan of The Simpsons you're well aware how important a role food and drink play in the show. 

Homer spends as much time at Moe's as he does at work or home, has been a food critic (targeted for assassination!), once gorged himself into morbid obesity in an attempt to avoid the office, ate potentially deadly fugu fish at a sushi joint (spoiler – he lives!), followed the Krusty Burger Ribwich from town to town, started bootlegging beer, invented a smash hit cocktail, and, well, you get the idea. 

The rest of the family often gets in on the action, too. When she's not trying to win her family's love with home cooked meals, Marge has figured in storylines about bake sales and a food truck business (before they were hip), Lisa famously ruined a neighborhood barbecue and met Paul and Linda McCartney on her journey to vegetarianism, Grampa Simpson worked at Krusty Burger and hawked a revitalizing tonic, and even Bart has been known to go on the odd Squishy bender that ends with him joining the Junior Campers.

So it comes as no surprise that an enterprising author with a background writing about food and The Simpsons would put together a cookbook celebrating the world of doughnuts, Ribwiches, Squishees, pretzels, chili, pork chops, spaghetti and Moe balls, and more that have made the show such an enjoyable part of our lives for more than 30 years. (Even less surprising is that my reaction to not thinking of it first was an audible "Doh!" in the library aisle.)

The Unofficial Simpsons Cookbook by Laurel Randolph (Adams Media, 2021) features 60+ recipes for snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks with references to the episode that inspired it as well as recipe variations and cooking tips.

Naturally, the recipe for Sloppy Jimbo doesn't include any actual Jimbo nor does the Flaming Moe contain Krusty's Non-Narkotik Kough Syrup (for Kids) – shucks – but the recipes are appetizing (for the most part) and simple enough that the book will be a welcome addition to your bookshelf (or worth grabbing from your local library like I did), especially if you ever find yourself hosting or attending a Simpsons-themed party. – Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor is a die-hard fan of The Simpsons and would love a Whatchamacarcass Sandwich featuring non-diseased meat from diseased animals from the nearest Krusty Burger.

The Unofficial Simpsons Cookbook is available from Amazon.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Happy National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Happy National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day! Here's a recipe from Creative Desserts from Betty Crocker (1983). I'm not much of a baker but apparently a chiffon cake is a cross between a sponge cake and a butter cake.

The finished cake is supposed to look like this. Pretty sure my attempt would not.