In honor of Halloween, we introduce Cooking to Kill by Ebenezer Murgatroyd. Mount Vernon, N.Y.: Peter Pauper Press, c1951.
Over the years we have found some interesting pieces in our cookbook collection, but we may have bitten off more than we can chew with this one. With recipes such as “Potted Mother-in-Law on Toast,” “Roast Savory of Smothered Guest,” and “Stuffed Spoiled Brat”, Cooking to Kill might be the most disturbing and darkly humorous book we have come across in years. Thinking on our reactions to the macabre instructions and illustrations, we imagine that the contemporary readers of the 1950s would not have had the appetite to devour such an assemblage of recipes either.