Manifold DestinyHats off to Bill Scheller and Chris Maynard! Bill and Chris are the car-loving culinary geniuses who created Manifold Destiny: The One, The Only, Guide To Cooking On Your Car Engine – the world’s weirdest cookbook, according to a recent poll on

With cooking times measured in miles rather than minutes, Manifold Destiny beat off stiff competition from a host of bizarre books showcasing the culinary delights of roadkill, insects, special effects, poison, and even cooking stark naked.

Sadly Manifold Destiny, published in 1989, is now out-of-print, but still available from The Roadkill Cookbook has spawned dozens of imitators and a mini-roadkill gift industry as well as selling more than 200,000 copies. The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook remains in print 18 years after it first appeared. The Special Effects Cookbook won a Gold Medal in an inventor’s contest. The Star Wars Cookbook was so popular that there was a follow-up – the Star Wars Cookbook II – Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes.

The World’s Top 10 Weirdest Cookbooks:

  1. Manifold Destiny: The One, The Only, Guide To Cooking On Your Car Engine by Bill Scheller & Chris Maynard
  2. The Roadkill Cookbook by Buck Peterson
  3. The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook by David George Gordon
  4. The Special Effects Cookbook by Michael Samonek
  5. Cooking in the Nude by Stephen Cornwell & Debbra Cornwell
  6. Cooking to Kill: The Poison Cook Book by Ebenezer Murgatroyd
  7. Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis
  8. Mini Ketchup Cookbook by Cameron Pearl
  9. Cooking for Cats by Elisabeth Meyer
  10. Strange Foods: Bush Meats, Bats and Butterflies by Jerry Hopkins

We’ve also interviewed Bill Scheller, but also Buck Peterson (Roadkill Cookbook), David George Gordon (Eat-A-Bug Cookbook) and Michael Samonek (Special Effects Cookbook) to discover the inspiration behind their remarkable cookery books. Click on the author's names to read the interviews.

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