The Cook (1965) by Harry Kressing
Harry Kressing's THE COOK (1965) is one of those cult classics that show up time and again on lists of most neglected books. John Fowles praised it, saying, "I have much enjoyed The Cook, for I am very fond of Satan," while The Observer summed it up as a dark fable "beginning in a vein of innocent fairy tale and ending with satanic revels". A terrific book, equal parts humorous and horrifying, now available for the first time in decades, featuring the original jacket art by Milton Glaser.
The Cook opens with Conrad, nearly seven feet tall, gaunt, and dressed all in black, arriving on his bicycle in the town of Cobb. He quickly secures a job as cook for the wealthy Hill family, winning their hearts and stomachs with his delectable dishes, and before long he has everyone around him eating out of his hand. But Conrad has a sinister, inscrutable plan in view, and after becoming master of their palates, next may be their souls . . .
A mouth-watering blend of delicious black humor and Kafkaesque horror story, The Cook (1965) is a dark fable "beginning in a vein of innocent fairy tale and ending with satanic revels" (The Observer). Long out of print, this cult classic returns in a new edition featuring Milton Glaser's iconic dust jacket art from the first edition.
"I have much enjoyed The Cook, for I am very fond of Satan. My congratulations to Mr. Kressing on his achievement."—John Fowles
"A finely wrought, captivating tale of suspense - a superior entertainment."—Detroit News
"I haven't been so gripped by any first novel since Lord of the Flies."—Irving Wardle, The Observer
"A fable, part diabolique, part diversion ... high originality, some style, and a come-on which assures that it will be read at one sitting."—Kirkus Reviews