Report by JENIFERLAMUG
Ladies and gentlemen, this year's Bookseller Diagram Prize for oddest book title of the year award goes to… “Cooking with Poo.”
This Thai cookbook, which may sound unsanitary, was written by Bangkok chef Saiyuud Diwong, who goes by the nickname “Poo”-a Thai for “crab,” the BBC reported Friday.
Diwong runs a cooking school in the city's largest slum, employing 20 of the area's poor residents, alongside the charitable organization that published the book. See website here.
"We knew the whole world loved Poo but now its official!," said Anji Barker, a senior social worker at the charity Urban Neighbours of Hope.
“Poo has sold 6,000 books already and her classes are fully booked out. She is not just helping to raise her own family out of poverty, but is employing 20 other poor slum residents," Barker added, praising Ms. Diwong.
The 114-page winning book beat out six other titles.
Second place was Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh.
While Scott D. Mendelson’s "The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria," got the third place.
The amazing chef said "Thank you everyone. I am lucky to have such a funny nickname, it helps my business a lot!"
"Given that, this year, the three most voted-for works contain the words 'poo,' 'sexer' and 'penis' in the title, it appears that this year's prize will go down in history as a blue year," Bookseller's Horace Bent said.
The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year, originally known as the Diagram Group Prize for the Oddest Title at the Frankfurt Book Fair, commonly known as the Diagram Prize for short. It is a humorous literary award that is given annually to the book with the oddest title. The prize is named after the Diagram Group, an information and graphics company based in London.