December 30th, 2009, 4:16 pm

Holiday Culinary Book of the Week: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Since next week I'm going to have some Dr. Seuss strips, so what better way to kick it off than to sponsor several of the foodie books in this man's series?

I chose Grinch as the holiday culinary book of the week because it's a familiar, beloved tale and does have interesting quirks for the uninitiated: the Roast Beast, for example. It's not roast beef, or roast deer or roast elk, but Roast Beast. I'm kinda wondering what kind of animal they hunted or grew to feed the hungry populations of Whoville. I wish Dr. Seuss had written a book about what the Beast in question was, or how to hunt it.

My bet is that it's unicorn meat, because you wouldn't call it unicorn meat (since, according to most legends and Harry Potter) to kill one of these creatures is to invite sin. Everyone in Whoville hides behind the euphemism "Roast Beast" to not think about how they killed the meat and what to do with all the unicorn hair and skin (which could be used in tea to steep them).

Kidding. Dr. Seuss was just having his fun writing a Christmas story that wasn't cheesy, but actually entertaining. The best part of the story is the irony that the Grinch learns the meaning of Christmas after stealing everyone's presents and decorations.

How can you NOT love this book?

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