‘Bob Dylan’s Original Recipes And Cookbook’
By Larry Fyffe
(Interview conducted by Larry Fyffe)
Bob Dylan: While I’m listening to the steel rails hum
Got both my eyes tight shut
Just sitting here trying to keep the hunger from
Creeping it’s way into my gut
Untold: So that got you thinking about writing down your recipe for a batch of rice and beans?
Dylan: That’s right…..I’d come down with a case of the Workingman Blues ….
Don’t know what work even means
Untold: Why the instructions on how to cook a clean hot dog?
Dylan: I was On The Road Again ….
Well, I asked for something to eat
I’m hungry as a hog
So I get brown rice, seaweed
And a dirty hotdog
Untold: And the three pages on how to cut up and cook string beans?
Dylan: Yes, I recalled many years ago when I was Talkin’ World War III Blues …..
Well, I rung the fallout shelter bell
And I leaned my head and I gave a yell
“Give me a string bean, I’m a hungry man”
A shot gun fired, and away I ran
I don’t blame them too much though
They didn’t know me
Untold: What about those numbered, diagrammed instructions
on how to mash potatoes?
Dylan: You see, I’d forgotten how to ….way back when I was heading out for a ‘BYO’ Million Dollar Bash ….
Well, I looked at my watch
I looked at my wrist
Punched myself in my face
With my fist
I took my potatoes
Down to be mashed
Then I made it over to
That million dollar bash
Untold: I see a recipe here on page 312 for frying up a crepe suzette.
Tell our readers how you came up with that one, Bob.
Dylan: It was after an incident at a restaurant, I forget in what town, that this recipe revealed itself to me in my 115th Dream ….
The waitress he was handsome, and he wore a
powder blue cape
I order up some suzette; I said could you please make
Just then the whole kitchen exploded from boiling fat
Food went flyin’ everywhere; I left without my hat
Untold: You have quite a discussion in your book on how to cook hard-boiled eggs.
Dylan: Well, to tell you the truth, I was in the Highlands ….
I’m in Boston town in some restaurant
I got no idea what I want
Or maybe I do, but I’m not really sure
She say, “You probably want hard-boiled eggs”
I said, “That’s right, bring me some”
She looks at me; says, “I’d bring you some
But we’re out of’em, you’ve picked the wrong place
Untold: And what’s the story on your special recipe for home made ice-cream?
Dylan: Well, you can bet your boots of Spanish leather that I’m gonna be better prepared the next time I have a Romance In Durango ….
Hot chili peppers in the blistering sun
Untold: I see you have quite a number of recipes for desserts in your book.
Dylan: Well, ya know Country Pie just tastes so good ….
Raspberry, strawberry, lemon, or lime
What do I care
Blueberry, apples, cherry, pumpkin, and plum
Call me for dinner
Honey, I’ll be there
Untold: Eh … thanks, Bob …. We’ll give out the address where our readers can order your cookbook and your etiquette book a bit… later.
Dylan: Thank you….thank you, thank you so very very much!
[End of interview]
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