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Death Warmed Over: Funeral Food, Rituals, and Customs from Around the World Paperback – June 1, 2004

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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st edition (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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amie Fournier-flather on March 16, 2016
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I think this book had a lot of promise in its premise but not sure it delivered. I understand that some cultures may have been more difficult than others to research such a topic BUT that is why we have the power of the Internet and social networking to help with research. If you can't find information or much more than a few sentences, then I think you should skip that information altogether. Our include it combined with the others at the end for a mish-mash of interesting tidbits. The recipe many times did not seem to gibe with the story or the culture. That was rather disappointing as well. I cannot speak to the validity or flavours of the recipes as I have not attempted any.
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I was looking for material to help my granddaughter with a school assignment. This is a fascinating look at the customs of several nations and cultures and the processes involved with grieving and honoring those who have passed on. Recommend
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I love morbid things and I love to cook so this is a really good book! It tells of the different ways cultures prepare food when someone died and the recipes are really good.( some kinda gross ) but the good out weigh the bad.
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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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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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The book arrived on time and seems to be in good shape but, I didn't realize that it is mostly recipes from various countries or ethnic groups. However, each section does have a blurb on funeral customs and lore.
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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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