Bake the Zuckerburg Family’s Eggnog Cinnamon Chip Scones & More in ‘The Startup Chef’

It’s like the memoir got together with a cookbook and a little charity on the side, and they had beautiful social media babies.

This is “The Startup Chef” and this is awesome.

First, the memoir part. See, this isn’t just your average cookbook with a culturally relevant title (like “50 Shades of Chicken“). It’s also a peek into the private, familial lives of famous tech folks, like Mark Zuckerburg (yes, the Facebook guy), who provides his family’s eggnog cinnamon chip scone recipe, or the mother of the guy who founded Foursquare (from whom you can learn how to make sausage soup). It reminds us all that these bajillion dollar tech pundits are real, actual people, who eat real, actual food, with their real, actual families, and maybe even really, actually set off smoke alarms in their real, actual kitchens every once in a while.

But probably not.

So, in addition to learning how to make scones like your favorite techies, the cookbook is also being sold on Leanpub, with proceeds going to charities like No Kid Hungry and Rockaway Plate Lunch. It’s selling for a recommended $20, with a $10 minimum, and is available, of course, in every e-book format you can imagine (PDF, Mobi, and Epub).

The e-book itself comes from Hunter Walk (who contributed a thumbprint cookie recipe), product executive for YouTube, and leader of YouTube for Good, which works with schools and nonprofit businesses, and Maya Baratz, who runs new media products at ABC News, and reiterates the idea behind gathering recipes from famous tech moguls:

These are really interesting people, well-known for what they do in the office during the day, but this is a peek into what inspires them or their creative process.

Get the The Startup Chef here.

via The New York Times/ photo courtesy Discovery Communications Group


5 Cooking Books You Probably Shouldn’t Give Your Grandma for Christmas

The best things in life are usually things your grandma wouldn’t approve of. Like last-minute Vegas trips, triple-stacked whiskey shots and skinny dipping in the midst of winter. Oh, and these cookbooks. Your grandma definitely would NOT approve of these cookbooks. So we took the liberty of featuring these non-grandma friendly recipe books for your personal collection.


1. EpicMealTime CookBook

This precious lil’ thing comes from the charming boys over at EpicMealTime. You know, the geniuses who created Green Pancake Potato Stacks, the Bacon Christmas Tree, the Super Sloppy Valentine’s Day Sundae, etc. All with a healthy helping of  bacon, of course. Luckily, if you’re inebriated enough or just having a craving for insane food, the EpicMealTime CookBook will teach you everything you need to know to make your meal, well, epic.

[$39.99 @ EpicMealTime]


 2. Baked!: 35 Marijuana Munchies to Make and Bake

Gone are the days when you would waste a week’s worth of maryjane in a failed attempt to make mac n’ cheese brownies that ended in the fire department showing up at 3 am. First off, you don’t use a microwave, silly. Second, use shake and save the good stuff for later. Luckily, there’s Baked!, a guide featuring delicious offerings such as “space cakes” and classic hash brownies.

While the authors can’t guarantee that you won’t set your apartment on fire, they do promise that their tried and true recipes will deliver “cannabilicious results every time.”

[$12.99 @ Amazon]


the boozy baker

3. The Boozy Baker

Green Tea and Banana Cake with Sake Syrup, Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract and 73 more delicious spiked sweets + 25 cocktail recipes make The Boozy Baker a sheer inebriated delight. There’s nothing like dainty and deviously spirited pastries to perk up those family reunions during the holidays.

[$18.95 @ Amazon]


 4. Your Guide to Making Moonshine, Whiskey, Vodka, Rum …

The first time I had moonshine I was struck by a sudden urge to make the marvelous stuff myself. It was sweeter and more potent than any store-bought liquor I had ever tasted, yet I was at a lost at how to even start the DIY process. Fortunately, The Home Distiller’s Workbook: Your Guide to Making Moonshine, Whisky, Vodka, Rum and So Much More! (Vol.1) gives you a step-by-step walk through of how to make your own badass stash of moonshine and “pretty much any other liquor in the comfort of your own kitchen.”

[$8.99 @ Amazon]


 5. Fifty Shades of Chicken

While most foodies prefer their their meals and BDSM to be separate, there’s nothing wrong with (ahem) semi-nude men delicately handling raw chicken breasts and cooking up such things as “Sticky Chicken Fingers.” While the 50 Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook is a cheeky nod towards the bestselling risqué novel Fifty Shades of Grey, I’m still not complaining about the semi-nude men clad in aprons. And frankly, neither should you.

[$19.99 @ Amazon]



The Star Trek Cookbook: Eat Long and Prosperous

Got a family or group of friends that is always craving some interstellar cuisine? Well the Star Trek Cookbook, authored by Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes sets out to cover the favorite foods of characters from every Star trek series and movie. All of which have been adapted for easy use in modern kitchens.

Also included is a complete guide for recreating the drinks served at Quark’s on Deep Space Nine, a bar opened by a member of the Ferengi race, Quark.

The book was published in 1999 and measures 317 pages. ($22.99 @ ThinkGeek)


Get Cooking: Cookbook Box Set

Standing 5.5″ x 5″ is the new Get Cooking: Cookbbook Box set. Created to look like a fun oven, the little books come in six color coded varieties including Indian, Pasta, Fruit, Wok, Veg & Treats. Seems like a neat gift idea for that foodie next door; available at for $30!