The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals

The Evil Monkey Dialogues

By Ann VanderMeer; Jeff VanderMeer
(Tachyon Publications, Paperback, 9781892391926, 96pp.)

Publication Date: February 15, 2010

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Whimsically illustrated, this bite-sized bestiary is the deciding vote on which fantastical creatures are kosher. Embarking on an undomesticated romp from A to Z, the ritual cleanliness of E.T., hobbits, Mongolian Death Worms, and the elusive chupacabra are discussed. This hilarious kashrut is the offspring of a debate that began on Jeff Vandermeer’s blog, between his alter-ego, Evil Monkey, and his editor/wife. Addressing questions such as Is a vegetable-lamb a vegetable or a lamb? Does licking the Pope make you trayf? What exactly is a Pollo Maligno? and Is Sasquatch roast stringy? this irreverent abecedary is a perfect gift for anyone seeking to broaden their imaginary culinary experiences guilt-free. The guide also features Duff Goldman of the popular series Ace of Cakes.

About the Author

Ann VanderMeer is the fiction editor for Weird Tales and the founder of Buzzcity Press and Silver Web magazine. Jeff VanderMeer has been involved in the publishing industry for more than twenty-five years and in many capacities. His award-winning novels have been published in fifteen languages and his nonfiction has appeared in the Washington Post, the Barnes & Noble Review, and the Huffington Post. He is a regular contributor to Amazon’s book blog Omnivorous and his short fiction has appeared in Wired. He is an editor of anthologies for Bantam, Pan Macmillan, and Tachyon (The New Weird, Steampunk). He has conducted master-classes and given workshops all over the world including at the Brisbane Arts Center in Australia and the University of California at San Diego. VanderMeer is also a frequent guest at such multi-media venues as Utopiales in France, the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Praise For The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals

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

"Delightful . . . tremendously helpful if you ever wake up and find yourself a character in a fantasy novel."  —

"Witty."  —Jewish Humor Central

"Lively and quirky and funny—wildly amusing."  —My Jewish

"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

"Entertaining."  —The San Antonio Current

"Brilliantly illustrated . . . refreshing."  —New Mexican

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