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Entry from September 28, 2015
“I read recipes the same way I read science fiction” (joke)

American comedian Rita Rudner used a successful line in her routine by at least 2000:

“I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and think, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen.’”

The recipe joke has been included in many food articles and books.


Wikipedia: Rita Rudner
Rita Rudner (born September 17, 1953) is an American comedian, writer and actress. Beginning her career as a Broadway dancer, Rita Rudner noticed the lack of female comedians in New York City and turned her stage presence to stand-up comedy where she’s flourished for over three decades. Her performance on a variety of HBO specials and numerous appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, helped establish Rudner as one of the premiere female comics to emerge from the comedy boom of the 1980s. After extensive touring throughout the past 20 years, Rudner has created a steady career performing in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel while residing in Southern California.

Google Books
My Little Bit of Nonsense
By Charlie Walker
Wakefield: C. Walker
2000
Pg. 144:
I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and think, “Well, that’s not going to happen”.

Google Books
Good Housekeeping
Volume 232
2001
Pg. 126:
1 read recipes the same way I read science fiction: I get to the end and think, Well that’s not going to happen.
Rita Rudner

Google Groups: alt.support.diet
Am I the only one…
Theresa
4/7/02
(...)
I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and think, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen.’

19 October 2002, The Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica), “Great Quotes,” pg. A10, col. 1:
I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and think, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen’.

Google News Archive
11 May 2006, Marion County News (Pleasantville, IA), pg. 7, col. 3:
I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and think, “Well, that’s not going to happen.”
Rita Rudner

Google Books
Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations
By Gyles Brandreth
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2013
Pg. 67:
I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and I think, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen’.
Rita Rudner 1953- American comedienne and writer; attributed

Twitter
Jewish Comedians
‏@JewishComedians
Rita Rudner: I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself, “Well, that’s not going to happen.”
10:23 AM - 27 Sep 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, September 28, 2015 • Permalink