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“Cooking with Poo,” Wins the Coveted Diagram Prize
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Nevermind the Pulitzer or the Newbery – the book competition that’s kept us riveted is an award organized by Bookseller magazine, the prestigious Diagram Prize for Oddest Title. Competition was stiff this year, in the wake of last year’s blockbuster written by former dentist Michael Young: Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way.

The results are in, and the clear-cut winner is Cooking With Poo. The delectably suggestive title actually refers to Bangkok chef Saiyuud Diwong’s main ingredient, poo, which is not only her personal nickname, but Thai for “crab.”

Saiyuud Diwong said, “Thank you everyone. I am luck to have such a funny nickname, it helps my business a lot!”


Runners up for the esteemed award include:

Mr. Andoh’s Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh, voted in second.

The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria by Scott Mendelson, voted in third.

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As Bookseller’s Horace Bent noted, “Given that, this year, the three most voted-for works contain the words ‘poo,’ ‘sexer,’ ‘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-color humor, so I can find Cooking with Poo a fitting winner.” He was referencing Shakespeare’s original title for his romantic play, “Romeo and Julie’s Wet,” and Tolstoy’s projected sequel to War and Peace, “Whore and Piece,” not to mention Melville’s phallic seaman’s adventure, “Moby’s Dick.”

Runners up to this year’s aware include a set of too-boring-to-be-believed titles, such as “A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: volume Two,” by Peter Gosson, and “Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World,” “The Taxonomy of Office Chairs,” and “the Mushroom in Christian Art.”



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