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This charming lizard has achieved every chef’s dream



  • During the quarantine, a mom chef from Washington worked on a cookbook featuring her one-year-old central bearded dragon.
  • Lenny the lizard enjoyed his photoshoots for the debut book.
  • Valerie said that Lenny’s personality is perfect to be a chef, and that “he’s kind of a snob about food, very fussy, so this project fits him very well.”

A one-year-old Lizard has his own dazzling cookbook!

Lenny, a central bearded dragon, is enjoying the photoshoots for his debut book ‘Chef Lenny: Cooking for Humans,’ where he can be seen with miniature pots of soup, biscuits and cheeses.

This lizard-featuring cookbook was a “quarantine project” of Lenny’s owner Valerie Musser, a lizard-lover chef from Redmond, Washington.

Valerie, a mom to three kids, ran a small catering business before the pandemic happened. She shared that she’s “been writing a cookbook for about 10 years but never really had the time to sit down and sort through it.”

The quarantine gave her the luxury of time to work on the cookbook. She bought Lenny a little chef’s hat from Etsy and started making “miniature food for him to show off with.”

“He actually loves wearing hats and posing for photos,” the chef mom said of her pet lizard. She added that Lenny’s personality is fit to be a chef. “He is very pretentious,” she joked. “His body language is kind of crazy, he wants what he wants, he’s very demanding and he’s kind of a snob about food, very fussy, so this project fits him very well.”

The miniature food in the book is real. Its dishes are Valerie’s favorite food, which she usually serves to her family, including chicken pot pie, blueberry muffins, and home-cooked tacos.

“Initially I posted a few pictures of Lenny cooking on Instagram and the feedback was so positive, people were writing things like, ‘this made my day’ and ‘this really cheered me up,’” Valerie explained, “so I realized that people actually needed this.”

According to Valerie, lizards are very expensive creatures who can dream and have nightmares. They use their body language to convey their feelings and even change their coloring if they are angry or cold.


‘Chef Lenny: Cooking for Humans’ is available on Etsy and Amazon. It also offers an option of bespoke dietary alterations by request.

Here’s a sneak peek of the creative 134-page cookbook.

Lenny has an eye to pick the finest cookware!

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He knows his craft, masters how to give Belgian waffles and bacon that perfect crisp.

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And his gravy is finely poured on the bread.

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He really loves his tiny checkered hat — might be his lucky charm!

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Source: Good News Network