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From the PublisherLike a bad case of food poisoning, corporate malfeasance just won't go away. Columnist Don Silver stirs the corporate scandal pot in his parable about a chef who imparts the financial facts of life to his college-bound son, Cookin' the Book$: Say Pasta La Vista to Corporate Accounting Tricks and Fraud. "We think this is going to be a very big book, "says Adams-Hall marketing v-p Blair Randall. "It's a topic that's here to stay." To get Cookin' cookin', the.15-year-old company is planning a $50,000 promotional budget for this January release.
While Silver takes a humorous look at wrongdoing, political commentator Arianna Huffington provides a more sobering approach in her indictment of big corporations, Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America (Crown, Jan.) There are light-hearted moments, however, including Huffington's P.I.Q. Test, which includes multiple choice questions on such subjects as the name of Bernie Ebbers's 60-foot yacht (Aquasition) and George W. Bush's nickname for pal Kenneth Lay (Kenny Boy).
In another Crown title out next month, Sweet Potato Boss Queen Jill Conner Browne provides plenty of food for thought on finance, and just about everything else, in her third collection of words of wisdom, The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner). Among the tips not to be found in, say, the Wall Street Journal are: "Rich old people are generally more attractive than poor old people, so by all means, try to get rich before age sets in. Otherwise, you'll just be playing catch-up for the rest of your life and that will just wear you out." Intermingled with bon mots are recipes for comfort foods like Pig Candy (bacon, brown sugar, chopped pecans) and Fried Dill Pickles.
For those whose finances could benefit from slenderizing, John Furhman offers a debt-loss plan, The Credit Diet: How to Shed Unwanted Debt and Achieve Fiscal Fitness (Wiley, Jan.), based on real examples and personal experience. — J.R. (Publishers Weekly, December 23, 2002)