Getting ready for some super-sized snacking this Super Bowl Sunday? Unfortunately, many comfort foods and fat-laden snacks come with a high cost for many people. Tuck into a steaming plate of mac & cheese, chili or fried chicken, and you may be ducking into an isolated corner later to blow the butt bugle. In The Fart Without Fear Cookbook, authors Wayne Chen and Gary Goss have converted recipes of many of our favorite comfort foods to make them less . . . um, odiferous.
Pretty much every delicious food is guilty of making you gassy. Pork, eggs, sausage, beef, poultry, seafood, and dairy are offenders. Vegans aren't off the hook either, even though they often smell for other reasons, like lack of deodorant or patchouli. Nuts, legumes and vegetables all cause you to sing the anal anthem as well.
In the introduction of The Fart Without Fear Cookbook, the method of Chen and Goss' madness is explained. They have identified the amino acids Methionine and Cystine (or M&C) as two major sources of the sulfur that ends up in our hydrogen sulfide-laced farts. They therefore deduce that if you can reduce the M&C in your food, you can reduce the offensiveness of your farts.
They needed a baseline with which to compare their recipes to others, and came up with the "Original Boston Baked Bean Odor Index." In all the recipes in the book, the OBBBOI is illustrated with a helpful graphic. And with each recipe there are two variations: The standard recipe and the adapted recipe, which will hopefully be less fart-inducing.
The book is packed with recipes for the most common comfort foods and fart-inducing offenders like fried chicken, tuna melts, chili potato skins, lasagna, bread pudding, and chocolate chip cookies. Tips for reducing the M&C include using California avocados instead of ones from Florida, using freshly grated hard cheeses versus pre-grated ones, and using canned beans instead of dried beans. Will your farts be odor-free? Probably not. The reduction of M&C is often minimal. But you do start to figure out which dishes are full of M&C and which are not.
Read Part II of Cooking the Books and a recipe from The Fart Without Fear Cookbook.