Ghosts just want to pass on their most cherished recipes

Ghost Whisperer’ cooks up kitchen spirits with new paranormal cookbook

If your family spends hours arguing over who has the correct recipe for dead Granny’s yummy fudge bars, then you might appreciate Mary Ann Winkowski’s latest book Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer’s Cookbook.

Better known as the woman who was the inspiration for the hit CBS television show The Ghost Whisperer, Mary Ann Winkowski is a real life paranormal investigator who just happens to be able to see and communicate with dead people. Over the years in her encounters with ghosts, Mary Ann has collected hundreds of recipes from earthbound spirits whose only wishes were to pass their cooking secrets on before going into the white light and leaving this world forever.

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I have to say… I am insulted. I am supposed to believe that GHOSTS ARE PASSING ON THEIR MOST CHERISHED RECIPES? I know that it’s not nice to ridicule but some jokes write themselves.

It was hard with the recipes, the ghosts would instruct me to do this and do that and then just as I would get the recipe written down and the ghost was going into the light they would turn say, ‘Did I remember to tell you to add the vanilla…?’ and I would go, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ And I would say, ‘No, you didn’t tell me vanilla. How much vanilla?’ And she said, ‘Well, you know depends on how much vanilla you like….’ Oh, no no no just give me an amount please.

Silliest thing I’ve heard, today. Check back tomorrow. YIKES!

  5 comments for “Ghosts just want to pass on their most cherished recipes

  1. April 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Rarely am I surprised by stupidity. And yet …

    • April 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      Never underestimate… I know.

    • Leper
      April 6, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      From a business perspective it’s a pretty good idea; it’s a recipe book authored by a pseudo-celebrity, with a novel twist to distinguish it from the recipe books of other pseudo-celebrities.

      From a reality perspective, yeah it’s stupid. Skeptical readers might want to compare the book’s recipes to those online and in other recipe books, as plagiarism does happen.

  2. Laura K.
    April 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    I don’t know… while it may seem silly, I have read a lot about Mary Ann Winkowski and have had the pleasure of hearing her speak – she seems pretty legit and good at what she does. Yes, getting recipes from dead people is a bit odd and far fetched, but this isn’t the only thing she does. She’s just happened to have these strange coincidences happen over the 40 years she’s been doing this stuff.
    And hey, maybe the recipes are pretty good? It’s definitely an original book that’s for sure.

    • April 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      My problem is distinctly with the idea that ghosts are giving her the recipes. That in no way shape or form can be show to be legitimate. It’s a gimmick. And, I don’t agree that promoting in a unique way that endorses such superstition is commendable.

      It may be trivial but promotion of ghosts as real, even in these silly ways, spreads through the culture and eventually is something that people accept as real because “they’ve heard it”. We have a similar problem with old wives tales, urban legends, myths, superstitions, rumors, etc.

      If you want old-timey cooking recipes there’s always old versions of the Joy of Cooking.

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