‘Bob Dylan’s Original Recipes And Cookbook’ 

‘Bob Dylan’s Original Recipes And Cookbook’

The Untold Promotional  Interview

 By Larry Fyffe

(Interview conducted by Larry Fyffe)
 Untold:  Bob, tell our readers where you came up with the idea of writing a cookbook.

 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 ….

              I got a brand new suit and a brand new wife
              I can live on rice and beans
              Some people never worked a day in their life
              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 ….

              I went into a restaurant lookin’ for the cook
              I told him I was editor of a famous etiquette book
              The waitress he was handsome, and he wore a
              powder blue cape
              I order up some suzette; I said could you please make
              that crepe
              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
             Waitress comes over ….
             I said, “Tell me what I want”
             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
             to come”

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
             Me and Magdalena on the run
             I think this time we shall escape

 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 ….
              sorry about that stupid spelling mistake in the book ….

              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]

What is on the site

1: Over 400 reviews of Dylan songs.  There is an index to these in alphabetical order on the home page, and an index to the songs in the order they were written in the Chronology Pages..

2: The Chronology.  We’ve taken all the songs we can find recordings of and put them in the order they were written (as far as possible) not in the order they appeared on albums.  The chronology is more or less complete and is now linked to all the reviews on the site.  We have also recently started to produce overviews of Dylan’s work year by year.     The index to the chronologies is here.

3: Bob Dylan’s themes.  We publish a wide range of articles about Bob Dylan and his compositions.  There is an index here.  A second index lists the articles under the poets and poetic themes cited – you can find that here.

4:   The Discussion Group    We now have a discussion group “Untold Dylan” on Facebook.  Just type the phrase “Untold Dylan” in, on your Facebook page or follow this link 

5:  Bob Dylan’s creativity.   We’re fascinated in taking the study of Dylan’s creative approach further.  The index is in Dylan’s Creativity.

6: You might also like: A classification of Bob Dylan’s songs and partial Index to Dylan’s Best Opening Lines

And please do note   The Bob Dylan Project, which lists every Dylan song in alphabetical order, and has links to licensed recordings and performances by Dylan and by other artists, is starting to link back to our reviews.


  1. Larry! You forgot to ask Bob about the hog-eyed grease in the hog-eyed town. He could have thrown some light on “Ain’t talking’ that I happen to be working on. Can you give a call?

  2. Bob said that he ain’t talkin’, but I did manage to get through to one of Aeneas’ cousins….he wants the shield back.

  3. He once advertised in Reader´s Digest (Fast and easy meals) with the title:

    Why don´t you smash your eggs and tomatoes in the kiiitchen?

    and then this happened:

    “Well, he threw a Reader’s Digest
    At my head and I did run
    I did a somersault
    As I seen him get his gun
    And crashed through the window
    At a hundred miles an hour
    And landed fully blast
    In his garden flowers”

    I have read it in “Motorpsycho Nightmare”

    The first two lines are rumors in a dusty kitchen

  4. Also: ‘Lawrence Ferlinghetti: From Mona Lisa’s Trial To The Reader’s Digest’

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