Rage Against The Cuisine book launches and lunches with a salty twist pledging to donate profits to hunger related charities

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The book, Rage Against The Cuisine is released today by indie author David Burt on Kindle and to follow on all digital download sites including Kobo, Nook and iBooks.

A book that rages against haughty cuisine is finally here and sports the premise of that whatever you cook is right, as long as you make up a new name for it. Thus Tagliatelle Al Forno, without the Forno, could just as easily become Bob’s Ambient Temperature Pasta Surprise. Instead of Jamie Oliver's new 15 minute cookbook, David has managed to get a recipe down to 14 seconds. Others are inspired by literature and film. There is the controversial author turned fish dish, Salmon Rush-d (it’s not low calorie but you won’t get fatwa eating it), and another for the new film Grape Expectations. For fans of the popular novel there is the sauce recipe 50 Shades Of Gravy, complete with an intriguing picture of an alluring lady carrying a gravy boat.

Together with the written description of each recipe David has added his own take to the visual language of the cookbook, As this year is the 50th anniversary of James Bond, he has created the recipe Prawn Connery - in which he went to the trouble of buying a potato gun, dressing up in a tuxedo in the style of ‘From Russia With Love’, and replacing his head with an image of a suave looking shrimp.

Elsewhere he has avoided the airbrushed image of the perfectly arranged meal served in a designer kitchen setting. The photos are generally from a first person perspective, sometimes taken in urban surroundings and with a signature style being a seeming lack of presentation and his hand keeping hold of the plate. For the romantic Indian dish, the Korma Sutra, the image is of a curry with condom garnish and is taken in a bedroom. For The Chick Pea Colonic Boom, it’s wisely outside the front door.

As David puts it, “It all started off with just one man raging against his dinner. It was more of a cry for help really. Then a friend took a photo of a fairly engaging omelette with an amusing name, and before you know it there was a full blown culinary revolution!”

It is the 20th anniversary of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’, and there’s (unsurprisingly) a rock influence to the book, including a cigarette smoking quorn loaf in Quorn To Be Wild, and a wild haired Macy Gravy. As a northern man living in London, David’s humour tends towards the deadpan (no pun intended) and was also inspired by ‘Wu-Hey to better cooking’ by Alf Ippititimus, the Jack Douglas flat cap wearing character who had a habit of bumping into things and twitching. Just as Jack Douglas wasn't a trained chef, David has never set foot in a working kitchen, yet agrees that this should be no impediment to taking on the status quo (and that’s not the band!).

To write the book David raided the cooking section of the local library and needed a suitcase to wheel all the celebrity chef cookbooks home. From the travelogues of the Hairy Bikers to the blokey anecdotal style of Jamie’s Pukka days, to Nigella’s semi erotica seduction snacks. David describes it as, “the perfect antidote to the gurning celebrity chefs Christmas cookbook.[Or] A genuine counter-haute movement by rebels who enjoy celebrity chef recipe books at Christmas, but would really like something else this year, if it’s all the same, ta very much”.

He’s also noticed this is the year of the ebook reader… with the choice to buy books on the kindle and the ipads (the new 3 and mini), also the full colour kindle fire and Nook Color. It’s the right time to bring out an alternative Christmas cookbook, especially as it's available to give as a gift voucher from Amazon.

Rage Against The Cuisine donates 15% of its profits to hunger related charities, and as an ebook is available in Britain and internationally.

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