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The Anarchist Cookbook

Updated on September 14, 2014

"Anarchy! Revolution, Justice, Screaming For Solutions, Forcing Changes, Risk, and Danger, Making Noise and Making Pleas!" - John Larson

THE ANARCHIST COOKBOOK is one of the most protested and banned books in the history of modern publishing.  Even the author has periodically denounced and decried his own work.  There is a lot of debate to both sides of the discussion about this book and all of it is passionate. So whether you are interesting in pursuing the path of anarchy, or just really curious, come and take a look!

Why I Own This Book

I'm not an anarchist and I'm not much of a cook, but I will admit, I own this book.

I bought it in the mid-1980s when I was a freshman in college. Why??? Because I was still in my high school punk mindset and I liked that just the idea of people owning this book pisses other people off, and I was big on pissing other people off on principle at the time.

I've never made any of the recipes in it, nor do I intend to. But I still believe in the exchange of information and freedom of expression. It's why I do things like talk honestly about birth control to teenagers. It's why I tell people that they should register to vote and then actually vote.

I own this book because I can. If you consider owning a book that other people don't like to be anarchistic, then I guess you'd consider me an anarchist. I'm not up for total chaos and I wish the world was a less violent place. But I also believe very strongly in defending the right for people to say what they think.


The History of the Anarchist Cookbook - and other reviews and references

William Powell authored THE ANARCHIST'S COOKBOOK at the age of 19 in 1970 as a protest against the Vietnam War. Here you will find links that talk about this book, both pro and con.

So, about this Anarchy thing...

There's a lot of debate that has always surrounded this book. Here's your chance to either contribute something to the discussion, jump into the fray or step up on the soapbox for a bit of a rant.

How do you feel about THE ANARCHIST COOKBOOK?

It's a valuable and/or interesting volume

It's a valuable and/or interesting volume

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    • Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      I stole a copy of it when I was in High School. I actually had the bookstore order it, and if you didn't come to pick it up they would later shelve it, and I would take it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      This book is fun

    • wisephoto 5 years ago

      I used to own a copy of this book, interesting read, and should be available for anyone who wants to read it.

    • AttorneyForFree 5 years ago

      The word anarchy has been used by many people to mean many different things. I also have a copy of this book. I consider myself to be an Anarcho-Capitalist which in no way relates to violence, lawlessness and chaos as most people think the term to mean. It simply means self-rule...I own myself and as a self-owner I get to decide what I do with my property. Property would include my body, my time and my money.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a copy of one of the original Anarchist Cookbooks from the 70's along with a copy of the original High Times Encyclopedia and a couple hippie dolls. They are all a part of my past of 40 years ago. Just when I was thinking of getting rid of all the stuff, I see they are banning it again. Guess I'll hang onto it a while longer - it will look great at the senior center in a few years when I turn 70!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Im not an anarchist but the whole idea of this book of pure rebelliion being out there makes me wanna read it so much lol just a pure curiosity thing for me and im 18 so the idea of fuck the government and well do what we want really stands out for me lol i think they need to make an updated version of the anarchists cookbook....but unfortunately this book could and would fall into the wrong hands and people would just be irresponsible with it so it's a toss up :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I believe that it should be available as freedom is (in my opinion) more important than security.

    It's a piece of crackpot press

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      • Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

        I have seen several versions distributed on net, had a chance to read some of the recipes and as owner of chemistry diploma got impression most of recipes were much more dangerous for the producer than society... So from the point of safety - thumbs down!

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