The Arizona Republic columnist and Arizona Oddities contributor Clay Thompson has made a living out of answering the strangest questions in the newsroom and snarking on some of the people who ask them. Now, he’s gone one step further, asking his readers to submit recipes for a cookbook, just so that he can make money as a writer, but without having to do any of the writing itself. The Enormously Big, Official Valley 101 Cookbook will be available November 21 at Clay Thompson Books and in Valley bookstores.
Just like his column “Valley 101” and two books, A Slightly Skewed Guide to Living in Arizona and The Great Big Book of Life, this latest attempt shows off Clay’s talent and finesse in creating something out of nothing. None of the recipes were taste-tested, the list of ingredients weren’t verified, but he was able to bamboozle his mom out of her fried chicken recipe.
The 104 page book contains some 50 recipes, the best of the best (or real close to it)! This book retails for $9.95, but Arizona Oddities readers get the chance to win free copies! Leave a comment with a creative, compelling or funny reason why you deserve this book. As soon as our “Mouth Watering Countdown” concludes (located on the right column of this page), we will select five our favorites who will each receive a free copy!
Let’s hear it! Why do you need this Valley 101 cookbook?