Food Fit For a King, A Canine King

JerseyCool gets e-mail from time to time and coming across the tangled world wide web last week was an alert about a new cookbook from Maplewood author Linda Eckhardt. JC usually doesn’t get too jazzed up about cookbooks. Yeah, we have them at home. In fact there’s a whole shelf of them and favorite recipes are marked off, but we don’t sit around read ing them

What caught our eye last week was the title of said cookbook: “The Dog Ate It: Cooking for Yourself and Your Four-Legged Friends.” Yep, it’s a cookbook for you and your four legged friends.

Jerseycool has not read this book so we can’t comment on its virtues or vices but the fact it exists just adds another level to the wacky relationship Americans have with their dogs. Now, there are legitimate reasons to cook for your pet. Eckhardt apparently was concerned about diseases in the industrial animal food chain and decided she wouldn’t feed her pet commercial dog food anymore.

Some examples:

  • Bowser’s Birthday Pawty Cake
  • Party Pup Cakes with Apple and Cheddar
  • Profiteroles sprinkled with powdered sugar, and authentically caramelized Tarte Tatin
  • Simple Sushi Hand Rolls

In terms of dog pampering this isn’t the worst JC has seen. Personally, we get a little miffed whenever we see people stepping over the homeless on their way to doggie daycare or to the pet groomer. JC worked in Soho for a number of years so we saw this quite a bit.

Faithful reader, lest you think we are not fans of the canine, we are. My mother in fact often cooked for Barney, our family dog. Barney didn’t get Sushi. He had to settle for hot dogs, meatballs and pasta for most of his 16 years and he seemed to be pretty happy about that.

The point here is that we don’t treat dogs as dogs anymore. This came up during a recent dinner conversation when a friend pointed out that you don’t see dogs named King, Rex or even Spike anymore. People choose more human names now. Top five puppy names for male dogs: Max, Jake, Buddy, Bailey and Sam. Girls: Maggie, Molly, Lady, Sadie and Lucy.

I suppose if you’re going to start humanizing dogs why not cook a meal for them and why not have a book about it as well.



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