Some 6 decades later, cooking with marijuana/cannabis has gained somewhat of a cultural acceptance, or at least a cultural awareness. Cannabis clubs throughout the country (where these kind of places are legal/tolerated) routinely offer some form of snacks made with the herb. Popular culture has also noted the prevalence of pot-laced cooking, as it has been a plot point for TV shows like Glee, Taxi, and Desperate Housewives, and movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. As an update of sorts to the fabled Alice B. Tolkas authored Cookbook, Ten Speed Press just released Baked!: 35 Marijuana Munchies to Make and Bake. This is, as it sounds, a cookbook with an assortment of recipes from scones to pigs in a blanket. As writer Tejal Rao says in the Atlantic Online, “This is a gateway cookbook. While following the book’s recipes will get you high, its most valuable function might be teaching people who don’t cook, who have no interest in the kitchen, how to make a decent short crust, the value of roasting whole heads of garlic, and how to tell when a quiche is cooked through.”
Check it out. Even Martha Stewart has a sense of humor about cooking with cannabis:
Now most certainly, this cookbook will not change the world, nor will it change the way most of us cook, think about, or approach controlled substances. However, for those of us that hold onto the belief that cannabis (and all of its incarnations) holds some value (and I am not talking about street value) it is encouraging to see a book like this elevate the ingredient beyond its hokey countercultural trappings.
Not that I want anyone to incriminate himself or herself, but what is your feeling about the practice of cooking with cannabis? Is it at all more acceptable, or desirable, that smoking it? Is a cookbook like this a good thing for the world, or does it just promote more bad behavior? Or have we all become just a bit to reactionary, and are in desperate need of a good brownie and 4 to 6 hours on the couch?