Don’t Worry Be Hap-Pea
101 Deliciously Clever Food Puns
By; Bobbie Kitto
Playing with your food is now back in Vogue. Author, Marie Saba, has shown us how to let our Northwest imaginations loose looking at every day food, not for just cooking but making a bit of laughter along the way in her new book Don’t Worry Be Hap-Pea.
Maria is a freelance content creator and cookbook author. She has been on the Rachael Ray Show and The Martha Stewart Show. After hearing about her Food Puns, Bon Appetit called her up and asked if she had more because they wanted to do an article about them. Food & Wine also featured her work in their magazine.
This is not a cookbook per se since no recipes are included, but a unique new way to help bring fun back at the dinner table or family gatherings. Test your knowledge of pop culture, tourist attractions, social media slang, and more with this delicious collection of visual food puns. “Some puns are trickier than others, but donut give up! Just keep calm and curry on.”
The author shows how to make puns (not buns) out of every day food. For instance LET US GIVE THANKS would be shown on a plate with a head of lettuce and some letters fashioned out of bread or cookie dough. Another example is YOU’RE MY BETTER HALF, shown on a bread plate with the letters spelling out You’re my on the top line and middle line displaying a stick of butter and the last line spelling out half. There are 101 pictures of clever puns spelled out in food.
Readers will be surprised at how clever these puns are as they open a sense of whimsy. When I received the book from Melissa’s Produce, my husband and I sat down at the kitchen counter and had a lot of fun trying to figure out some of the really clever puns. The author does not give you an answer key at the back of the book, so if you really can’t get the answers she does give you a website to contact her with your questions.
I can see where this would be a great book to be used as a prize at a get together with friends who are “foodies” and are bringing dishes to share and judge.
I think with just a little bit of planning a pot luck dinner could be the basis for some funny puns. I would talk to my guests and have them help plan the menu, then take the key ingredient of each dish and see how clever a pun can be made from it.
This is one of those books that would be comfortable on the bookshelf with the other cookbooks or being featured on your coffee table as a conversation starter where friends and family gather before dinner is served.
It would definitely be something to keep on your boat to entertain visitors with or bring to a rally.
I guarantee you will know when someone picks up the book and starts to read thru it by the sound of laughter.
Although I was given this book to review, it no way that influenced my opinion. I would have bought this book for my cookbook collection once I saw it. In fact, some of my lucky relatives and friends may be finding it at our next get together as a thank you gift.
I give this cook a solid 4.9. The only reason it didn’t get a solid 5 is that I am still trying to figure out where she bought or how she made those adorable letters. Guess, I need to get on her website.
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Hardcover List Price: 14.99 / 128 pages
Note: Roberta (Bobbie) Kitto is a freelance writer based out of Laughlin, NV. Her interests include travel, culinary pursuits and gardening. No fee was paid for this article. Her opinions are her own.