Hangover recipe book

Can food fix a skull splitting, tummy flipping hangover?

by: Remy Raitt | 19 Oct 2010

Your eyes roll open. It feels like your brain is violently thumping to the music from the night before. And your tummy is either growling for your favourite pick-me-up or is in utter repulsion at the idea of food. You, my dear, have a hangover.

Now every drinker has a hangover recipe up their smoke soiled sleeve. Liquids are usually priority one. While some boozers choose a handful of Panado and water, others choose coffee or Coke with the die-hards hitting the hair of the dog before the hangover actually gets the chance to worm its way in.

The Hungover Cookbook

Milton Crawford the author of The Hungover Cookbook says we should embrace our post inebriation through taste. He says a hangover "is an opportunity to see and taste the world in a new way”. And although a full English fry-up is a hit, this is obvious by the swarms of bloodshot- eyed students at the Wimpy, Milton says you should match your choice of grub with the type of hangover you have.

The Guardian says Crawford based his book on  “PG Wodehouse's 1949 novel The Mating Season, in which upper-class twit Bertie Wooster identifies six varieties of hangover: the Broken Compass, the Sewing Machine, the Comet, the Atomic, the Cement Mixer and the Gremlin Boogie.”

Crawford has modified the recipes suggesting “spicy comfort food to reignite your passion for life" to cure a Broken Compass and more gentle nosh, like cardamom porridge with spicy apple sauce, to nurse an Atomic.

And although Crawford’s book will make an excellent novelty gift, most hangover zombies won’t be able to read the recipes let alone scratch together the ingredients and assemble them correctly.

This is why the Wimpy is so popular.

Other people swear by two boiled eggs before you go out - apparently they line your stomach and absorb the sauce. Bottles of ginger ale, packets of bacon and boxes of cigarettes are also deemed miracle workers. Although I still rely on good old paracetemol, buckets of water and a roll-with-everything when my appetite eventually returns.

Do you need a recipe book to cure your hangover? Or do you have a tried and tested cure?

Read more on: the guardian  |  drinking  |  hangover  |  drunk


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