Who’d have thought geology and paleontology and cooking would go together so well?

My wife is going to be upset at this—we’re going to have to have a couple more kids, just so I have an excuse to take advantage of the Geologic and Paleontologic Cook Book. It’s got recipes for Ammonites in a Blanket, Cephalopod Celery, a Cheese and Bugles Coral Reer, an Edible Devonian Marine Ecosystem (I’ve always wanted to eat a whole ecosystem), Trilobite Cookies, and much more. This is wonderfully kid-oriented…too bad my kiddies are all turning into serious-minded old adults.

But wait! I’m immature enough for a whole family of kids all on my own! I also do the cooking…I think we’re having Cephalopods in a Blanket for dinner tonight.


  1. blf says

    Damn you, this made me realise I was laughing so hard at Conservapedia that I’ve missed lunch–and I’m in France, where missing a meal (ought to be) a crime–but hey, those Trilobite Cookies look promising. And Professor Hart’s tagline is great:

    neither a professor of gastronomy nor paleontology, but I like cookies

  2. says

    Those trilobite cookies look amazing, and I see just how to do them without using butter. Coolness. I want a paleoconfectionary laboratory of my very own!

    The “Note” at the bottom of the trilobite cookie page made me laugh so unexpectedly I aspirated some saliva and now I can’t stop coughing. My lungs don’t like you very much right now, Prof. PZ! :)

  3. says

    Any ideas for how to improvise one of those bizarre dough-syringe contraptions he uses?
    Even I’m not geeky-baker enough to buy a whole weird machine just for cookie trilobites.

  4. kristi says

    If it will make things easier on your wife, you can borrow my kids. I know they’d love the trilobite cookies! Mmmm.

  5. Carlie says

    MissPrism, I wondered the same thing. I also noticed that the contraption he had looked a great deal like a caulk gun, so I wonder if one took a Pringles can, cut a hole in the lid to the appropriate squiggly shape, cut out the bottom to make it condensable, then filled it with dough and put it in a caulk gun…
    My husband will be out of town this weekend and not available to laugh at me, so I’m tempted to actually try this. :)

  6. octopod says

    Carlie: a caulk gun works pretty well as a cookie press.

    And many things will curl up in a tentacular manner if you cut them to expose surfaces of different structure/composition than the outside, then dip them in cold water. This works on many kinds of shredded vegetables, and probably on sausages too.

  7. wistah says

    Okay, I’m all over it. I have a 9-year-old son who has an autographed picture of Paul Cereno on his bureau and still claims he’s going to be a paleontologist when he grows up. I’ve bookmarked the book of cookery. TX.

  8. K says

    This is so cool! We’ve been making trilobite cookies for awhile, which made a trip to the Smithsonian even MORE fun (as if that place could get any better) but Ammonites in a Blanket is going to SO rock my boy’s world!