Witchery in the Kitchen: And Hauntingly Delicious Foods from a Warlock.

Southbridge (Mass.): O.E.R.R. Publications, 1970.

Octavo-sized, comb-bound book (22 x 14 cm.), 139, [1] pages. Illustrated with color photographs and line drawings in the text. [Cover title: Witchery in the Kitchen; Out of this World Recipes, by Theodore Rabouin]. FIRST EDITION. A somewhat tongue-in-cheek cookbook from a practitioner of "white magic" and a minor celebrity of the 1960s and early 70s. Theodore Rabouin was more of a kinky herbalist with a taste for spooky puns than a warlock, but where's the line? Dishes include Filet Minion Sorcier, Raven's Nests, Witch's Bread, Transylvanian Seven Layer Cake (you get the idea); but also included are standard New England fare including a good number of fish dishes. Sections and menus are divided into the twelve signs of the horoscope. Rabouin's bit of television fame seems to have come from the moment of sixties interest in the odd, and the insatiable demand for the same by the talk shows; we are told he has "appeared with Agnes Moorehead, famed with of Bewitched fame, on the Joan Rivers Show, and on the David Frost Show". A bit of creasing from some small dog ears, otherwise internally clean; some light wear to gold-printed black card covers. In gold plastic comb binding; some pulling at the tongs, and a lower half inch of comb has a closed tear. Still very presentable, and spookily scarce. Inscribed on the interior panel of the front board, "Jean, As you enter into my home for ever more you will be under my spell. To a great girl that will make it, [elaborate signature]. Scarce. [OCLC locates two copies (UC Santa Barbara, Amherst: both with the author's name erroneously spelled "Rabovin"].

Price: $250.00