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'Fifty Shades of Grey' inspires dirty chicken cookbook: 'I've been practicing BDSM for years -- but with poultry'


The Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon has inspired a number of copycats and spoofs, but it will attain a whole new level on Nov. 13 when the first Fifty Shades cookbook hits the market. (Just in time for Thanksgiving!)

Fifty Shades of Chicken – a title that sounds absolutely revolting when you think too hard about it — chronicles the relationship between a chef and his chicken. Because that sounds so impossibly ridiculous, I’ll just let the author tell you about it herself.

“The recipe and headnotes follow a chef and his chicken on an emotional journey very much like the original trilogy,” FL Fowler — a nom de plume — said in an email to People. “You start with an overbearing cook and a pigheaded chicken but by the end they’re spanking and tying each other up like soul mates. There’s a bit of Christian and Anastasia Steele in every dish.”

Yes, that is in fact a real quote. Here’s another, if you think you can handle it: “Like so many others, Fifty Shades of Grey resonated for me,” Fowler continued. “It evoked something I’d never been able to express. Then one day as I was tying up the ankles of a chicken for roasting, I realized why some of the scenes in the book were so strikingly familiar. It turns out I’ve been practicing BDSM for years — but with poultry.” Sample recipes include “Mustard Spanked Chicken” and “Dripping Thighs.”

While I realize that this is a parody — as it boldly declares on the cover of the book — there are some things that are sacred. And not having an image of my chicken spanking me is one of those things. What’s worse is the author chose my real last name as his/her (let’s be honest, probably her) fake one. I already have to deny accusations of being married to Montel Williams. I don’t want to have to start defending myself against allegations of cavorting with naughty chickens.

What do think readers? Will you purchase this cookbook? Will you serve “Dripping Thighs” to your family this holiday season? Will you ever be able to eat chicken again?

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See the irreverent trailer for Jenny McCarthy's memoir 'Bad Habits' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


The road from God-fearing Catholic schoolgirl to Playmate of the Year is always a complicated one, but it can also be quite funny. Jenny McCarthy has already written six best-selling books, but she’s never delved so deeply into her ultra-religious upbringing as she does in Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic (Oct. 2). Growing up, the former Playboy mainstay dreamed of becoming a nun rather than an actress/model, and the book chronicles the many twists along the way that took her life in a very different direction.

Check out the irreverent trailer for Bad Habits, which follows McCarthy as she attends a reading group for nuns. It looks to me like a preview for an actual reality show on Lifetime. READ FULL STORY

This exists: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' the Magazine

There are sex workshops. There is lingerie. There are even baby clothes and beer cozies. But just when you thought the Fifty Shades of Grey craze couldn’t go any further, it did.

There is now an entire magazine dedicated to E L James’ erotic novel. Yes, you read that right. An entire magazine (whose cover looks suspiciously familiar).

Fifty Shades Of American Women Who Love The Book And Live The Life, which was published on Tuesday, boldly proclaims that it features 80 pages of sex secrets. (Apparently, it’s Cosmo on steroids.) It also offers Fifty Shades-based scavenger hunts, Christian Grey-inspired cocktails and even a story about a sex whisperer who says she uses “her body to fix broken men like Christian Grey.”

What looks most interesting to me, however, is the Fifty Shades of Grey quiz that determines exactly which shade of grey you are. I am curious to see if they can actually name fifty shades of grey.

But what I think is perhaps most relevant to us all is the announcement that James is working on a fourth Fifty Shades book. Last I heard, there were no plans to expand the series beyond a trilogy, so this is certainly a turn of events.

So readers, are you planning to purchase Fifty Shades Of American Women Who Love The Book And Live The Life? And, should the news about the fourth book be true, what would you like to see in it? Personally, I’d like it to focus on Christian and Ana’s two children. I’m thinking… Fifty Shades Again? The Fifty Shades LegacyFifty Shades: 2 Fast 2 Furious?

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Top 10 'True Blood'-iest recipes in the 'True Blood' cookbook

True Blood may have wrapped its fifth season this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to be True Blood-less for long. As we previously reported, the show is releasing a cookbook inspired by the series.

True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps won’t be out until after Labor Day weekend, so unfortunately you’ve have to make do without Sookie Stackhouse’s What a Fried Chicken at your barbecues. But we thought we’d give you a little taste of what to expect in advance of the cookbook’s Sept. 5 release, so we’ve put together a list of the top 10 True Blood-iest recipes in the True Blood cookbook. READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey' heats up: Charity orders public burning of the erotic novel


Fifty Shades of Grey just got a whole lot hotter. (Couldn’t resist the pun.)

A British charity for domestic abuse has announced plans to hold a mass burning of E L James’ erotic novel. Clare Phillipson, director of Wearside Women In Need, described the book as “dangerous” and insisted that it could potentially encourage domestic abuse.

“I do not think I can put into words how vile I think this book is and how dangerous I think the idea is that you get a sophisticated but naive young woman and a much richer, abusive older man who beats her up and does some dreadful things to her sexually,” Phillipson said. READ FULL STORY

Barnes & Noble finds its inner goddess with 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Haters, say what you will about Fifty Shades of Grey, but it just may be responsible for saving one of the largest bookstore chains out there.

Barnes & Noble Inc. reported a smaller than anticipated loss for its fiscal first quarter, and it seems that may be due at least in part to the phenomenal sales of E L James’s erotic series.

Barnes & Noble’s net loss numbered $41 million last quarter. This may sound bad, but if we compare it to the same quarter in 2011 (when the company reported a loss of 56.6 million) it’s actually an improvement. Furthermore, Barnes & Noble saw its total revenue rise 2.5% to $1.5 billion. READ FULL STORY

Caroline Manzo of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' has a book deal

Books tend to be a huge source of drama on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. In the first season, a dinner party devolved into a shrieking, plate-shattering mess when Danielle Staub slid a copy of Cop without a Badge across the table. When Teresa Giudice made a few passive-aggressive jabs at some of her costars in her cookbook, friend turned against friend and sister turned against sister. Now tough-talking matriarch Caroline Manzo is getting in on the publishing game with Let Me Tell You Something, which will be released by HarperCollins Mar. 26, 2013 — and who knows whether it’ll stir up more drama if the ladies come back for future seasons. The title references Manzo’s most recognizable quote, uttered at the aforementioned table-flipping season one dinner party: “Let me tell you something about my family, we are as thick as thieves and we will protect each other until the end.” In the book, Manzo will impart advice on family, friendship, and happiness.

Will you let Caroline Manzo tell you something come Mar. 26?

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An extraterrestrial interview with 'Rise of Nine' author Pittacus Lore -- EXCLUSIVE


When Lorien elder Pittacus Lore called me earlier this week, I had a hard time understanding him at first. Of course it was due to the voice-changer he was using to hide his identity, as he is in the midst of a high-stakes, intergalactic battle against the Mogadorians. At great personal risk, Lore spoke to EW about his new book Rise of Nine (Aug. 21) in the Lorien Legacies series. He also shared his thoughts on the I Am Number Four movie and what Loriens like to read and watch. Also read on for news of Lore’s possible book signing appearances in the future.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your books have been widely read since I Am Number Four. Are you loving the author’s life?
PITTACUS LORE: I don’t live an author’s life. I live the life of a general at war. While I have been writing the books during moments of peace, my full-time job is hunting and killing Mogadorians. That being said, I appreciate all the support we have gotten from readers around the world. READ FULL STORY

Protect our youth: Dennis Rodman has written a children's book

All parents who can’t wait to head over to the bookstore to pick up a copy of a Dennis Rodman-penned children’s book for the young ones, please raise your hand and say, “I.”

Not all at once, please.

Okay, so maybe “The Worm” isn’t exactly the best candidate to impart wisdom on our nation’s impressionable youth (ahem, ahem). But that hasn’t stopped the 2011 NBA Hall of Fame inductee from trying his hand at doing just that.

The eccentric Rodman, who became just as famous for doing stuff like this off the court as he did for snagging rebounds during his 14-year career, has announced via his agent that he has co-written (with screenwriter Dustin Warburton) a book for youngsters entitled Dennis the Wild Bull.  Per a release on the book’s official blog, Rodman embarked on the process “with the sole purpose of conveying good lessons to children based on…[his] own experiences.”

The book is slated to debut in September 2012, at what we can certainly deem an interesting time in the ex-NBA star’s own family life. In May he was sentenced to 104 hours of community service for failing to pay child support, and earlier this month, he reunited with his father (himself a daddy to 29 kids of his own!) after 42 years of separation.

No shelf price has been set, but any young adoring soul hoping to perhaps one day party as hard as Dennis did (does?) can receive a pre-ordered, personalized signed copy of the book for $30.

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E L James' husband writing a 'gritty' young adult novel

Niall Leonard, husband of best-selling erotica author E L James, is stepping out of Christian Grey’s shadow with a book of his own. Random House Children’s Publishing has acquired his young adult novel Crusher, a “gritty” crime thriller about a London teen who’s being accused of murdering his stepfather. Said Leonard in a statement: “Crusher is a story I have wanted to write for years and it finally all came together last November when my wife encouraged me to take part in the Nanowrimo novel-writing event. I am thrilled and delighted that RHCP have picked up Crusher for publication, and it’s a fantastic honor to join the distinguished names on their writers’ list.” The novel will be released by Doubleday in September.

Are you curious about the novel? Are you disappointed that it won’t be “daddy porn”?

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