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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580085636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580085632
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Whether it’s because food helps survivors cope with loss or because people want to send their dead off with some nourishment for their journey or because "there’s no better way to prove you’re alive... than by eating," the practice of feasting after a funeral has become commonplace in most cultures. In this volume, Rogak, who sells sympathy cards for pet owners and has written over 25 books, describes the rituals of more than 100 ethnic, cultural and religious groups. Arranging her odd collection alphabetically by culture—from "African American" to "Zoroastrianism"—Rogak gives a one-page explanation and a recipe for each culture. Some of the dishes are common and not necessarily associated with death, such as Italian Antipasto, while others sound quite morbid, like Tibetan Sweet People Cookies (which call for chocolate-covered gummy people). Though hardly scholarly, this slim volume is amusingly informative.
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Whether it's because food helps survivors cope with loss or because people want to send their dead off with some nourishment for their journey or because there s no better way to prove you re alive... than by eating, the practice of feasting after a funeral has become commonplace in most cultures. In this volume, Rogak, who sells sympathy cards for pet owners and has written over 25 books, describes the rituals of more than 100 ethnic, cultural and religious groups. Arranging her odd collection alphabetically by culture from African American to Zoroastrianism, Rogak gives a one-page explanation and a recipe for each culture. Some of the dishes are common and not necessarily associated with death, such as Italian Antipasto, while others sound quite morbid, like Tibetan Sweet People Cookies (which call for chocolate-covered gummy people). Though hardly scholarly, this slim volume is amusingly informative. --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I'm an independent journalist going on more than 30 years as a full-time writer, a fact that surprises even me! In that time, I've written about everything from high-tech and cats to food and travel.

Writing has provided me with a fascinating, adventurous life. I wake up each morning looking forward to discovering what new things I'll learn that day. After all this time, it never ceases to amaze me that I have been able to make my living by indulging my curiosity and asking total strangers really nosy questions...

My latest books include Dogs of Courage: The Heroism and Heart of Working Dogs Around the World, Dan Brown: The Unauthorized Biography, and Pope Francis in His Own Words.

After spending a year traveling around the world as a full-time vagabond, I now split my time between New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Mayor on October 13, 2008
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Death Warmed Over is a delightful recipe book with an interesting sideline. It is both informative and a little creepy. I cannot recommend all the recipes, as some take a little too long to prepare, but the information on death and funeral customs is fascinating. This book is a must have for everyone who loves Halloween.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. Anderson on April 16, 2011
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This is a really interesting book. It reviews funeral traditions from around the world and gives a recipe from that culture's funeral food traditions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on August 5, 2008
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This book was very interesting. You learned about other cultures funeral customs and the food they served. It was so interesting and some of the food...was so yummy. I learned how to make some good cakes and other items. I think this book is for someone who is interested in learning about funeral customs, and for someone wanting some good food to bring to a wake...or just some good food to try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ghoulina Lynn on September 11, 2007
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I learned a lot about different culture's customs for funerals and got some great recipes.
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