The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals: The Evil Monkey Dialogues

Ann VanderMeer (Author) Jeff VanderMeer (Author)
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A perfect gift book, this sumptuously illustrated and whimsically bite-sized bestiary is the definitive--in fact, only--guide to the kosherness (kashrut) of imaginary animals. It is an undomesticated romp from A to Z, including E.T., hobbits, Mongolian Death Worms, and the elusive chupacabra. This fantastical journey embarks upon a hilariously contentious debate between the alter-ego of acclaimed fantasist Jeff VanderMeer (a.k.a. Evil Monkey) and his editor/collaborator wife Ann VanderMeer (Steampunk, The New Weird). Once and for all, burning questions passed down through the ages will be addressed, such as: Is a vegetable-lamb a vegetable or a lamb? Does licking the Pope make you trayf? What exactly is a Pollo Maligno? Does a Sasquatch taste stringy?

As featured on Boing Boing and and brought to you by the same creative team that gave you The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases, this irreverent abecedary is the must-have present for anyone seeking to broaden their imaginary culinary experiences guilt-free.

Product Details

Price: $11.95  $10.99
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Published Date: April 30, 2010
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 5.84 X 0.52 X 7.34 inches | 0.41 pounds
ISBN: 9781892391926
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About the Author

Ann VanderMeer is the Hugo Award-winning editor of Weird Fiction Review. She was the fiction editor at Weird Tales and the publisher of Buzzcity Press, work for which received the British Fantasy, International Horror Guild, and Rhysling awards. An expert on Victoriana, she is the co-editor of the best-selling World Fantasy Award-nominated Steampunk series. Her other anthologies include the Best American Fantasy and Leviathan series, The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, The New Weird, and Last Drink, Bird Head. Jeff VanderMeer is the best-selling author of City of Saints and Madmen, the noir thriller Finch, and the quintessential guide to writers, Booklife. His award-winning novels have made the year's best lists at Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Wall Street Journal. His nonfiction and reviews have appeared in Washington Post Book World, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times Book Review.


"Funny and thoughtful and totally absurd . . . This book is the most fun I've had in a while."
--San Francisco Book Review

"A handsomely illustrated collection of imaginary creatures, this is actually a Kosher cooking guide for those with fantastic palates. A demented homage to cooking, Judaism, and monsters, this is pretty much the perfect book for your coffee table."

"Aims to do for kosher food what Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials did for animal guides what The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy did for...well, the galaxy.... And the thing is: It really does the job."

--Jewish Humor Central


"This slim and silly volume is the ideal gift for anyone who has tried to make a saving throw vs. petrification using a dreidel."

"Amusement, amazement, and culinary benefit.... It's fun, it's funny, it has a monster on just about every other page."
--The Agony Column