Charlie Parr's guide to cooking under the hood of your car

For those of us who don't regularly pop the hood of our vehicles and poke around, the book Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine! makes it look easy.

"If it's hot outside go about 20-25 miles and check it and give it a stir. Another 25-50 miles would do it for me. If it's really hot, adjust that time down and if it's colder then you gotta go farther (I drive  alot so not usually an issue) it also depends on yr motor and how efficient it is -- this all happened on a Dodge V-6 that was not too efficient. The best cooking motor I've had was a 1968 Ford straight six. I haven't tried this on too many cars, but the Subaru Forester I had for a while didn't work too well. If it's raining you can almost never cook and you should have a sandwich instead."

Put simply, in the way only Charlie Parr can.

"There are a lot of variables I'm afraid and I had to do a lot of trial and error to find out how many miles I needed to go in what weather and at what altitude to cook anything. This curry was eaten somewhere in Tennessee and was the best thing I'd done. I was alone and ate it all with no witnesses."

There you have it, folks. Curried lentils and vegetables by Charlie Parr. Imagine what this guy could do with a cookbook deal.

Charlie Parr plays two CD Release shows at the Cedar Cultural Center: Friday, February 1 at 8 p.m. with Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers and Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m. with Murder of Crows. $15. All ages. 

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You get tired of rolling wrinkled sausages, sammies, and cold beans pretty quick. Not to mention the affect on your health. As a BN conductor, I have suffered many a poor road meals. I had a few old heads cook me a pork tenderloin just using the sidewall heaters. Now I make burgers, fajitas, tacos, just about anything. If you can wrap it in foil and have a heat source, you are golden. Don't let the term "Hobo Dinner" throw you. "Hobos" live a pretty good life. There are many cookbooks out there, but the best recipes and tips that I have found came from Smokestack Lightning and the Foothill Fury. Life on the road whether it be rail or as a touring artist, is not easy. Eat well and be happy!

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