Ezekiel Bread

The Bible contains only one full recipe, which is given to Ezekiel by God (Ezekiel 4:9):

Take you also to you wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make you bread thereof… And you shall eat it as barley cakes, and you shall bake it with dung that comes out of man.

So you gotta bake it with human poop, which means it might not be to everyone's taste. Though God subsequently relented and allowed Ezekiel to substitute cow dung.

This was one of the recipes explored by the Rev. Rayner Hesse and Anthony Chiffolo in their book Cooking With the Bible (it came out in 2006), in which they set out to recreate the various meals and foods that appear throughout the Bible. Apparently they cooked up some Ezekiel bread, as an experiment, and Hesse said it tastes "like moldy bean sprouts." But he added, "You don't want to eat it. Never, ever. Let me emphasize that: Never."

Other treats to be found in the book include Locust Soup, and Locusts and Honey. More info at the LA Times.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri May 29, 2015
     Category: Food | Cookbooks

I'm guessing that one's taste buds become used to whatever is available as opposed to death.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/29/15 at 11:06 AM
Not sure how the version baked with human feces would differ taste-wise (and I'm not eager to find out), but this stuff isn't bad.

Posted by Miles on 05/29/15 at 11:59 AM
Didn't the settlers use buffalo dung to cook their food? If you have good ventilation it might not alter the flavor much.
Posted by RobK on 05/29/15 at 12:00 PM
Lots of very tasty Indian dishes are cooked over dried cow dung. Smokes a lot less than wood and burns slow and even so it's perfect for cooking rice and simmering curries.
Posted by Miles on 05/29/15 at 12:18 PM
The way I read the instructions is that you use poop as fuel for the fire to bake the cakes. In arid areas where wood is scarce, dung is used as fuel .
Posted by Chan on 05/29/15 at 01:05 PM
While I appreciate a well assembled meal from the hands of a good chef, many times simple "peasant" food turns out to be the tastiest and most satisfying.
Posted by KDP on 05/29/15 at 02:12 PM
I wonder if something was lost in the translation from the Greek or Hebrew to the old English, King James version? As I recall from third world travels often you got a sample and if even if it tasted a little good ate it, not inquiring to contents or cooking methods in detail since as a general rule choices were limited. The cheap wine in Greece was just terrible but better then getting the runs from the bad water.
Posted by Gator Guy on 05/29/15 at 09:03 PM
If you are fortunate enough to have food to prepare you certainly would not go hungry for want of something to build a cooking fire with. So if dung is what there is then it is what you use.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/29/15 at 09:52 PM
@Gator: What? You don't like the taste of turpentine?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/30/15 at 12:24 AM
I've eaten Ezekial 4:9 bread. It has an interesting taste, but is somewhat expensive.
Posted by Joshua Z. Levin on 05/30/15 at 08:50 AM
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