If tomato soup mixed with M&M’s sounds like a delicious meal to you, you’re not alone: the bizarre concoction is just one of many outlandish recipes featured in ‘Pickles and Ice Cream,’ a pregnancy cravings cookbook that hit shelves today.
The book was dreamed up by RPA senior art director Juarez Rodrigues and freelance copywriter Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus after the two heard about a friend who had a penchant for eating Oreos with toothpaste while pregnant. Curious to find out what else women crave during pregnancy, the duo began asking moms to reveal the strange food hankerings they’ve experienced while pregnant. They then began chronicling these cravings on a blog called Eating for Two, where they’d post artful photos of each recipe alongside ratings of each meal.
Nearly two years later, Rodrigues and Jacob-Ebbinghaus have turned their blog into a full-fledged book that features a collection of 70 pregnancy cravings. Sourced from all over the world, some of the recipes include Choc-Olive Cake, Buttered Watermelon and Orange Slices with Tomato Sauce Glaze. And some include no traces of actual food whatsoever, like the Burnt Matches recipe that purportedly “tastes like garlicky egg.” The cookbook also includes short stories about the women who craved these odd food pair-ups.
To promote the book, the two have put together a video that features people trying out the recipes for the first time (the Hot Dog and Pickle Smoothie was a no-go for most, while the Bacon and Mars Bar Burger seemed to be a crowd favorite).
Jacob-Ebbinghaus claims that she and Rodrigues tried every single recipe in the book, although she admits that they “spit out some of the more toxic ones” like Gasoline and Rice.
“The very worst was the ‘Lamb’s Eyes,’” she said. “That one was from a vegetarian whose meat cravings got out of control while at a market in Morocco. It was terrible, we couldn’t eat lamb for ages after that."
Out of all the recipes they received, she said the strangest would have to be the one dubbed Sweaty Sweatbelt.
“It came from a woman who started to have an uncontrollable urge to gnaw on her seatbelt. To the extent that she actually went to the doctor to seek help for it. He said that her senses were heightened to due to the pregnancy and what she was actually craving was the salt from the sweat in the seat belt,” she said. “She was horrified. The doctor recommended that she wrap a towel around the seat belt to help ease the craving, and apparently it did the trick.”
The book is available for purchase here.