Now's about the time of year that we in the media start barraging you with best-of-the-year lists. They're quick, highly linkable, and give us a chance to publicly pretend that we listened to some North Korean speed-metal-art-rock outfit more than we listened to Britney's Femme Fatal (I sure didn't). Publisher's Weekly has a whole issue dedicated to their Best Books of 2011, but more interesting, I think, is their choice of "Worst Book Ever."


Drumroll: Sonia Allison's 1987 cookbook, Microwaving For One. As someone who works in publishing, I'm green with envy over a title that says so much, so simply. I could make jokes, or point fingers, but I think the inherent sadness is best represented by this Amazon review:

After the divorce my diet consisted primarily of uncooked ramen and whiskey. Occasionally I wondered aloud if I’d ever have another home cooked meal again. Then I discovered “Microwave for One” and everything changed.

My favorite chapters were:
Chapter 1: Plugging in your Microwave and You
Chapter 4: How to Wait 3 Minutes
Chapter 11 [BONUS CHAPTER]: Eating with Cats

In closing, I give this book 2 thumbs up (and a paw!). Thanks Sonia Allison!

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