by Poncie Rutsch, The Salt at NPR Food (1/27/15)
The animated Fox series Bob's Burgers centers on the Belcher family, who is trying to run a halfway successful restaurant. A cult favorite, the show is full of pathos and humor — including the daily burger specials with chuckle-inducing names featured in each episode.
There's the "Blue Is The Warmest Cheese Burger" — a reference to the extremely racy 2013 art house French film — and the "Bruschetta-bout-it Burger." There's the "Blondes Have More Fun-Gus Burger," which comes with mushrooms, and the "Free To Brie You And Me Burger" (presumably, for cheese-loving Marlo Thomas admirers). For many fans, spotting the latest burger pun, written on the chalkboard behind the burger joint's counter, is a highlight of the viewing ritual.
But what would "A Good Manchego Is Hard To Find" or a "Kales From The Crypt" burger taste like? Cole Bowden, an engineer for Honda, couldn't help wondering. So like any good engineer, he started tinkering — in the kitchen, turning the show writers' culinary jokes into real recipes. Those efforts became The Bob's Burger Experiment, a blog in which Bowden cooks up recipes for each Bob's burger of the day.
Now, after nearly two years of creative burger concoctions, Bowden and his recipes are about to star in their own cookbook.
That's a pretty funny turn of events when you consider that, when Bowden started the project during his senior year of college, he barely knew his way around the kitchen. "I mean, I knew my way around a frying pan," he says, "but pretty much just how to put things into it and heat it up."