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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Borgo Press (December 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880448823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880448823
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book on a friend's bookshelf and was instantly gripped. From the humorous front cover to the delicious-sounding back-cover recipe for "Texas Cowboy With Chili", this book is well worth reading, not only for the grim humor (which is handled, dare I say it, tastefully, and interlaced with actual, useful information) but also for the recipes. I am an experienced amateur cook, and have spent years learning how to evaluate recipes for feasability; the recipies in this book, without exception, are well-written and easy, and would not only work with "long pig" but would be delicious with other mammalian meats.
I rather wish I could give this book 4&1/2 stars; the only reason I am not giving it five is so that I have room in my judging should an even better, wittier, more deadpan and more delicious-sounding cookbook on anthropophagy come along. However, I rather doubt one will, and if one does not I will be well satisfied.
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This is a satire, of course, with the title taken from the Twilight Zone Season 3 episode 'To Serve Man', about seemingly benign Aliens with superior technology who visit Earth...but whose motives turn out to be, ah, more culinary than charitable.

So here's a detailed cookbook spoof, a book of recipes for erstwhile cannibals. A good gag gift, and maybe for leaving out on your coffee table when the future in-laws come over.

This was probably funnier when it was first written, in a gentler, more innocent era before Hannibal Lechter and Jeffrey Dahmer.

By the way, in a different Amazon listing, someone's published a replica cover notebook of the original Twilight Zone episode prop "book" which the alien 'Kanamits' are carrying around in each scene, 'To Serve Man'. It's not an exact replica (too small, and just blank pages) but it's worth a look.

That replica book cover might be funnier to leave on the coffee table. Check it out.

Hope this is helpful. Bon Appetit, everybody!
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By J. Kruger on March 27, 2014
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I love it! It is mainly a spoof but the recipes aren't bad. If you knew which meats were to go with which recipe this would make a fine cookbook
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No kidding. Where else can you find the recipe for Shepherd Pie (from the real thing), Minceman, Texas Chili with Cowboy(!) or Leg of Man? Have you read the article "Sleeping with Cannibals" in Smithsonian Magazine? (The book title came from an eponymous "Twilight Zone" episode.)
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