Friday, May 14, 2010

Spencer Walker, Author of Cook to Bang: A Gut Check Exclusive Interview!

Posted By on Fri, May 14, 2010 at 9:30 AM

  • St. Martins Press

Ian gave away a copy of Cook to Bang: The Lay Cook's Guide to Getting Laid by Spencer Walker earlier this week (way to go, Railman!). Now that your curiosity has been whetted, here's an interview with the author of this tome himself.

Walker, who lives in LA, is a writer for children's television and a self-proclaimed expert in the art of seduction via food.

His book includes recipes for meals like Tap That Ass-paragus Soup and libations like the Panty-Dropping Shandy, sample playlists and homely advice like "Clean your shit up! Keep toilet paper stocked: Newsflash, guys. Girls use a lot of toilet paper. Don't make them call out desperately to you for a new roll. Let them maintain their feminine mystique...before you violate it, that is."

Walker talked to Gut Check via cell phone from New York, where he is currently staying in a tiny hotel room, bereft of even a microwave.

Spencer Walker: I hope you weren't too offended by the book. I meant the humor to be tongue in cheek.

Gut Check: You did use an awful lot of puns. [Example: Beet (Your Meat) Salad.] Were there any you considered unworthy of being in your book?

There were some that my publisher and I thought were too ridiculous. Um, I can't think of any right now.

How did Cook to Bang get started?

It started in college. I was a freshman in college who was trying to find a girl who would like me. I felt like I had been lied to by those sexy college romp movies. I had a study date with a girl who was totally out of my league. I liked to cook, but I didn't like the dorm food. So I whipped us up some nachos in the dorm kitchen. She became my girlfriend and people were like, "What's that beautiful girl doing with you?" Cooking has been my most effective way of dating. I've spent most of my life broke. I don't have money to take girls out.

The actual blog started when I was out of work during the writers' strike [in 2007]. I had a lot of downtime, so I started a blog. I came up with the ridiculous title -- it's catchy -- and designed a logo with my poor Photoshop skills.

Why Cook to Bang? Why not Fry to Fuck?

I think "bang" is the parlance of our times. In the Seventies, people used "screw" or "boff." British people use "shag." "Bang" has a double meaning, like you bang out a meal. I considered Cook to Fuck, but it was too crass.

Are you afraid your "bang" will get confused with Emeril's "Bam"?

I'm a big admirer of Emeril. There's a risk of confusion, but "bang" and "bam" are slightly different.

What's the most effective Cook to Bang recipe?

Miso Horny Cod kills every time. Let's say there's been no complaint. It's sumptuous and flaky....

What if someone asks you what it's called? Would you say, "That's Miso Horny Cod you're eating"?

Only if they're in on the joke. The girl I'm dating now knows what I'm up to. But I wouldn't recommend it unless your date has a sense of humor. The titles are supposed to make you laugh. Since most guys are perverts, this gets them into it. I'll do anything for a laugh.

My grandma used to say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

Some of my favorite girlfriends have liked to cook. It's a way of bonding. Several women have used me for my cooking abilities. No one understands why these beautiful women go out with me. But cooking keeps 'em around. It's a way of being attentive to detail.

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