The Haunting of the Snarkasbord: a new Snark sequel by LCSNA members, published by Evertype

The Lewis Carroll Society of North America’s fantastic Spring 2012 meeting yesterday in Cambridge, Mass., was followed today by a gathering to view the Lewis Carroll collection of former president Alan Tannenbaum and his wife Alison Tannenbaum, at their beautiful house in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Sandwiches were served, containing what I hope now was beef and turkey meats. In attendance were three of the four authors of this strange new sequel to The Hunting of the Snark, titled The Haunting of the Snarkasbord: Alison Tannenbaum, Charlie Lovett, and August A. Imholtz, Jr. Not physically present was illustrator Byron W. Sewell. It is published, of course, by Evertype’s Michael Everson, a man who would publish Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland translated into Dothraki (a fictional language created for HBO’s A Game of Thrones, based on the novels of George R. R. Martin) if he could. (Yes, that was an attempt to inspire aspiring Dothraki translators out there.) Everson writes:

Sometimes a publisher is given a gift for his unbirthday. Not long ago, four noted Carrollians came to me with a proposal for a dark, humorous parody of The Hunting of the Snark concerning what followed the Baker’s vanishing and the Crew’s continued hunt for a snark on Snark Island. How could one refuse?

Alison Tannenbaum wrote the poetry in Snarkasbord: A Crewsome Choice and also wrote notes on Byron W. Sewell’s illustrations for it. An introduction and Gardnerian-style notes have been written by August A. Imholtz, Jr in his inimitable style.

This edition marks the first public publication of the poems “The Booking”, “The Recrewting”, and “The Sailing”—the three “Missing Fits” composed by Charlie Lovett. These were originally written for a secret English Snarkian Society, and were mentioned by Selwyn Goodacre in his “The Listing of the Snark” in Martin Gardner’s final version of The Annotated Hunting of the Snark. Hitherto, they have only ever been seen by the members or guests of the Society.

In addition to his wonderful illustrations, Byron W. Sewell has contributed an original short story, “Forks and Soap”, which tells what happened to the Baker from the viewpoint of the Boojum. Like Lovett’s parodies, this short story has never before been seen by the public; it was issued in a very limited number to his Carrollian friends.

If you have been lucky enough to get hold of The Haunting of the Snarkasbord but have never read The Hunting of the Snark, please see here.

Tannenbaum is herself a notorious Cook (although she is known to use too much pepper) and she and Imholtz created the cookbook Alice Eats Wonderland published in 2009. Since the Snarkasbord poem seems to have a bit of Donner Party in it, let’s hope a sequel to Alice Eats Wonderland does not cater to the tastes of the Cannibal Club (with whom Lewis Carroll dined on 21 January 1868 and described in his diary as a “heinous society led by the reprobate [Sir Richard] Burton.” (Thank you, August, for the entertaining introduction.) The Haunting of the Snarkasbord sells for $15.95 at Evertype.

Alice eats some more...

It looks like there may be another Alice-themed cookbook in the works. Pierre A Lamielle, author of the Gourmand award-winning Kitchen Scraps: A Humorous Illustrated Cookbook, has just mentioned on his blog that he is collaborating with best-selling cookbook author Julie van Rosendaal on a new book, Alice Eats. Once again, this cookbook will follow what seems to be a very tempting format:

This version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will include the original text laced with story-inspired tea party-themed recipes with step-by-step photos, vibrant illustrations and a nice big Mad Hatter Tea Party section in the middle.

According to the posting, the book is almost finished and they are approaching publishers. There was also a ”sneak peak-ture” of one of the illustrations.

Sneak peak of Alice Eats, by Pierre Lamielle and Julie van Rosedaal

Sneak peak of Alice Eats, by Pierre Lamielle and Julie van Rosedaal

Recipe for Murder: Cooking tips from the Queen of Hearts and other villains

Wondering what to serve at your Halloween dinner party? How about Patrick Bateman’s roast beef with truffled mashed potatoes, followed by Snow White’s stepmother’s caramel apples? Recipe for Murder: Frighfully Good Food Inspired by Fiction by culinary journalist Estérelle Payany appears to be full of good ideas for macabre entertaining.

Similar in concept to Alice Eats Wonderland published earlier this year, this is a cookbook for those who like their recipes fully contextualized:

Thirty-two great hero-villains of literature lure the reader into the kitchen to sample their signature recipes. Estérelle Payany shares to-die-for recipes inspired by scoundrels from popular literature. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from the original story and quirky illustrations by Jean-François Martin featuring the criminal and his recipe.

More sneak-peeks of the fabulous illustrations can be viewed on the blog Brain Pickings, though unfortunately there is no glimpse of the Queen of Hearts who, we are told, has contributed her recipe for treacle tarts.

Recipe for Murder is published by Flammarion and is selling on Amazon for $17.96 (hardback).

Alice Eats Wonderland: A Cookbook

Alice Eats Wonderland, “An Irreverent Annotated Cookbook Adventure,” is available now. Authored by by LCSNA members August A. Imholtz, Jr. and Alison Tannenbaum – aka Baumholtz (we like portmanteau names) – the cookbook follows the twelve chapter format of AAIW, but this time Alice gets a bit more to eat than cake and biscuits.

Menu items include Stuffed Dormouse, Jugged Hare and Iguana Tamales, but fear not for your favorite animal characters! (or at least, fear less!), the publisher, Applewood Books, reassures us: “Although many of the characters seem, alas, to be transformed into edible dishes during the adventure, the story has a surprisingly happy ending.”

We hear that Alice Eats Wonderland combines excerpts from the original text, scholarly notes and original illustrations with recipes to challenge, intrigue, and possibly upset, the most adventurous gastronome. Has anyone had a chance to sample the book? Has anyone jugged a hare? Please post your reviews and experiences in the comments below!

Alice Eats Wonderland is available at $14.95 per copy, plus shipping, from Applewood Books, 1 River Road, Carlisle, MA, 01741. Phone: 781-271-0055; e-mail: applewood@awb.com