The “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon has made its way to cookbooks with “Fifty Shades of Chicken,” a spoof filled with recipes for “dripping thighs,” “mustard-spanked chicken” and “bacon-bound wings.”
To be released Nov. 3, “Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook,” penned under the pseudonym FL Fowler (a take on “Fifty Shades of Grey” author EL James,) is already ranked No. 1 on Amazon’s poultry cookbook list.
The S&M theme that runs through James’ novel is also spoofed throughout the new cookbook, whose cover contains a cooked chicken still wrapped in ties.
"Like so many others, Fifty Shades of Grey resonated for me," Fowler wrote in an email to People magazine. "It evoked something I'd never been able to express. Then one day as I was tying up the ankles of a chicken for roasting, I realized why some of the scenes in the book were so strikingly familiar. It turns out I've been practicing BDSM for years -– but with poultry."
Although “Fifty Shades Of Chicken” is a cookbook, it does have a character called Miss Chicken, which readers will follow as she goes from “raw innocence to golden brown ecstasy,” according to the book’s description on Amazon.
“Miss Chicken discovers the sheer thrill of becoming the main course. A parody in three acts —“The Novice Bird” (easy recipes for roasters), “Falling to Pieces” (parts perfect for weeknight meals), and “Advanced Techniques” (the climax of cooking)— Fifty Shades of Chicken is a cookbook of fifty irresistible, repertoire-boosting chicken dishes that will leave you hungry for more,” the description reads. “With memorable tips and revealing photographs, Fifty Shades of Chicken will have you dominating dinner.”
“Fifty Shades of Grey” has spawned countless parodies. “Fifty Shades of Chicken” is not the first food-themed take on the EL James novel, however.
There’s also “Fifty Shades of Bacon,” written by Ben Mhyre and Jenna Johnson. The book’s cover shows bacon in the shape of the knot of a necktie -- a similar photo to the one on "Fifty Shades of Grey" -- sans bacon.
“Fifty Shades of Bacon is an erotic cookbook that delves into the full bacon experience. Ok, it is not erotic at all, but it is a tongue in cheek delivery of some great bacon recipes,” the authors explained. “Everything from basic bacon bits to bacon ice cream to bacon au gratin and alfredo. If you are into bacon, want an interesting conversation piece or are looking for a present for the meat lover in your life, this title is for you.”