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The Butch Cook Book
Edited by Lee Lynch,
Nel Ward, & Sue Hardesty


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This terrific collection of recipes, contributed by butches from around the world and from all walks of life, is mixed with butch musings, life and lore, history, and great quotes. Novice to gourmet, these chefs have shared their expertise, frequently with humor, in easy-to-follow, hands-on instructions for an entirely new blend of cooking and culture. Irresistible offerings include quick meals for a night on your own, luscious potluck recipes, holiday indulgences, sweet treats, a special time for two, and even goodies for furry friends. This collection exemplifies the best of the butch, a feast for palate and heart.

Contributors include authors, playwrights, comedians, musicians, artists, chefs, activists, lawyers, librarians, teachers, truck drivers, construction workers, editors, entrepreneurs, doctors, nurses, mothers, bloggers, biologists, volcanologist, and a myriad of others.

Praise for the Book

"Prepare to disabuse yourself of the notion that the butch half of a lesbian couple is not the cook... The editors envision the volume as a 'validation of who we are,' and the personal stories that accompany the recipes (as well as the forays into lesbian history) are as comforting as the food.
~Ilene Cooper at BOOKLIST

"I love THE BUTCH COOK BOOK - and I'm someone who hates to cook! It's a wonderful combination of seductive food, engaging personal stories, and butch history. Who could resist? You can settle back with a nice claret and savor The Beleaguered Butch's Meatloaf with Zucchini Casserole, followed by Melting Marshmallow Heart Buns. And all the while you'll be painlessly absorbing the narrative of butch adventures, culinary and otherwise over the years. What's not to love? It's perfect!"
~Ann Bannon, the mother of lesbian pulp fiction, and speaker, instructor, and author of The Beebo Brinker Series

"I was lucky enough to be gifted with it, and after reading it, I'm eager to try a few recipes, especially Lee's Mellow Mix (I'm a gorp fan), Sue's Lemon-Ginger scones, and Mary's Quad Chocolate Chip cookies. The book is more entertainment than culinary lodestar, thus will be a fun read whenever you need a smile."
~Elizabeth Sims, author of multiple novels, essays, stories, writing how-to articles, and the nonfiction book You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams

"I have used the butch cook book for the last 4 years and have made a couple dozen of the recipes. I highly recommend for the ease of making, the humorous commentary and the variety of dishes."
~E.B. Mulligan, Vine Voice at

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