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We spend more than our fair share of time wondering what to make for dinner and there are plenty of recipe generators out there to help us with this nightly query. (Including our own daily What's for Dinner newsletter!)
If you're looking for a little foul-mouthed humor along with your recipe search, 26-year-old Zach Golden's What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner? serves up exactly that. His website gives indecisive cooks the option to peruse recipes by clicking either "I don't f*@#ing like that" or "I don't f*@#ing eat meat" until you come across something that suits your fancy.
This month, Golden has released a predictably funny companion cookbook for his site with 50 recipes perfect for amateur, wishy-washy, or just plain indecisive cooks that are sure to be f*@#ing delicious. The cookbook, also titled What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner? works just like the site, a bit of a culinary choose-your-own-adventure. Don't like what you see? Simply flip to the reccomended page for another option.
We sat down with Golden for an expletive-filled chat about his website, book and love for all things pig-related.
Tell us a little about how the site came to be. How did you decide what to make for dinner before?
Like most human beings, the need to feed myself was a large part of me not dying, but when I got home from work and had to decide what to make for dinner, indecision would creep in and I would be left alone, shaking from a combination of low blood sugar and a diet too rich in pork with no idea what to make.
So one day I made a website that would tell me what to make for dinner, but the URL I wanted wasn’t available so I did the only sensible thing and added "f*@#". Then I got take-out, because in all of the hustle and bustle of building the site I became too distracted to make a decision for dinner. I believe I had sushi and if I recall correctly, it was fair.
Your new cookbook is like a culinary choose-your-own-adventure. What was your process for choosing recipes?
The website is kind of choose-your-own-adventure (but with more swearing and partial male nudity) so we felt like the book should be too. It was a really hard decision cutting the pirates from the recipe, but in the end, my editor convinced me that they didn’t really make sense. The recipes themselves are the stuff I grew up eating, my mom is a great cook so I ripped her off quite a bit.
The recipes on your site are from Cookstr, do you curate them or are they randomly generated?
Cookstr and I curated a huge f*@#ing list of recipes and from those, they are randomly generated. If Cookstr were an animal and not the world’s greatest recipe site, Cookstr would be a half-lion, half-bald eagle.
We've heard that you're something of an indecisive cook, what's your advice for those of us who can't figure out what to make for dinner?
Cook something with pork. It’s not only delicious, it’s also made of pork.