Cooking With Poo Flushes Rivals

30/03/2012 by Philip Stone

Cooking With Poo wins the Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year

Cooking with Poo, a Thai cookbook penned by Bangkok resident Saiyuud Diwong and published in Australia, has trumped its rivals to scoop The Bookseller's coveted Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year award.

The 114-page cookbook was crowned the winner having received the majority share of the public vote at thebookseller.com and We Love This Book. In total, 1,363 votes were cast, with the breakdown as follows:
 
1) Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong 38%

 
2) Mr Andoh’s Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh  22%

 
3) The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria by Scott D Mendelson 13%

 
4) Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World by Aino Praakli 12%

 
5) The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush 8%
 

6) A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares 4%

 
7) A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two by Peter Gosson 3%
 
Horace Bent, The Bookseller’s legendary diarist and custodian of the prize said: “Given that this year the three most voted-for works contain the words ‘poo’, ‘sexer’ and ‘penis’ in the title, it appears that this year’s prize will go down in history as a blue year. But there is nothing wrong with that. Many of the world’s greatest writers have dabbled in off-colour humour, so I find Cooking with Poo a fitting winner.”
 
Diwong's nickname is "Poo" (Thai for "crab"), hence the title, and she is a resident of the Klong Toey slum, the largest slum in the city of Bangkok. Diwong runs the Helping Hands Thai Cookery School in the slum—a community self-help programme created in partnership with the Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH) charitable organisation that publishes the winning book.
 
Diwong said on winning the award: "Thank you everyone. I am lucky to have such a funny nickname, it helps my business a lot!"
 
The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year is awarded retrospectively, so Cooking with Poo wins the award for books published in 2011. Previous winners of this prestigious literary prize include: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, Highlights in the History of Concrete and Bombproof Your Horse. The prize was first awarded in 1978 to Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice.

 

 

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