The Machinist's Cookbook

The Machinist's Cookbook

By Pamela J. Tallman
Trade Paperback, perfect bound, 286 pages
Index and Manual of Terms
Illustrations: 250 black and white line drawings
Dimensions: 7 x 10 x .75 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Publisher: Metal Arts Press
Published: 2014
Subject: Cooking, Humor and Machine Shop Practice
Level: Basic
ISBN 978-0-9759963-8-6
List Price: $24.95

What’s this book about?

The Machinist’s Cookbook combines good food and good fun. This quirky book has over 220 simple-to-follow recipes, each served with a large dollop of machine shop humor. These machinist-tested lip smackers will fill up even the most hollow leg. With The Machinist’s Cookbook you can “Cook Once, Eat Twice.”

Who was this book written for?

This book is for men who like good food and lots of it, men who don’t care about calories or cholesterol, men who that think a slice of pizza in each hand is a balanced breakfast and that potato chips and beer are food groups.

The Machinist’s Cookbook makes a great gift for the women who have to feed these men or for anyone who likes their food with a side order of laughs.

Do I need to know how to cook?

No. Most of the recipes are so easy that any man can become King of the Kitchen. The 1-to-4-Wrench Recipe-Rating System helps you choose your skill level.

1 Wrench:     Simple enough for a first-day apprentice.
2 Wrenches: Easy if you’re not hung over.
3 Wrenches: Not really hard, but mildly annoying, like a boss who whistles.
4 Wrenches: Pain in the ass, but worth it. Ask a woman to do it for you.
If she refuses, wash her car and ask again real nice. If she still refuses, you’re basically screwed.

Why a cookbook?

Because there are over 370,000 working machinists in this country, no one knows how many are loafing, and they all have one thing in common—they all need to eat. They also need a easy-to-understand cookbook with man-pleasing recipes they can really sink their teeth into, recipes like, 3-Jaw Chuck Roast, Beef Compound Slides, Blanchard-Ground Beef Casserole, Hex-Mex Tortilla Pizza, Meatball Bearing Subs, Chip-Breaker Chili Cheese Dip, and Caramel Cosmoline Cake.

Helpful Tips for Hungry Machinists

Remember that a recipe is a blueprint, and just like in the shop, sometimes a job goes together exactly like the blueprint, and sometimes it needs a bit of tweaking. Luckily, tweaking in the kitchen is a lot easier than in the shop and involves a lot less grinding. If you’re out of mayo, use sour cream instead. If a half-teaspoon of cayenne pepper will blow your ears off, cut down the amount so it just makes your ears mildly warm. If you detest nutmeg, tell it to kiss-off. Follow the recipes, but personalize them to your own taste. Keep in mind this acronym: S-A-L.

S—Substitute ingredients
A—Adjust amounts
L—Leave it out

Another Helpful Tip:
If you buy this book for the woman in your life because you want her to cook for you, here are some simple phrases that may help. I call them: Five to Survive.

1. “Honey, this is the best _______ I have ever tasted.”
2. “Sweetheart, you are such a great cook.”
3. “No rush on dinner, Pumpkin, whenever you’re ready.”
4. “No, Sugar, I like it black on the outside.”
5. “Wow, Baby, kale has such an interesting texture.”

You’re welcome.


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The Engineers' Workshop (UK), June, 2005

In almost all respects, this volume is a complete contrast, being 500 plus pages of bang up to-date material.

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Guy Lautard, Author of The Machinist's Bedside Readers

Machine Shop Essentials is an excellent book which presents a wide array of basic machinist's know-how...Even from a brief look through it, I learned some new things....

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