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The Anarchist Cookbook

Updated on August 23, 2017

"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?

Banned Book Video

Book reviews and interpretations of THE ANARCHIST COOKBOOK, in watchable form.

Another DIY Book Recommendation

The Poor Man's James Bond, Vol. 2
The Poor Man's James Bond, Vol. 2

If you like the idea of the Anarchist's Cookbook but would like something with a tad more accuracy, then you'll probably like The Poor Man's James Bond.

Created as a response to the Anarchist's Cookbook by a man with survivalist beliefs who wanted people to have information that was more technically accurate and useful.



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