By special request from Tadmack and Kelly Fineman, here is Children's Books that Never Were, Part 8:
From the editor:
Dear Mr. Santoro,
I just read the partial for your cookbook manuscript called The Casual Gourmet's Guide to Farm-Fresh Cats. I attempted to cook and serve some of the recipes to my staff, but they refused even to taste the dishes I created. The problem, I think, is that we live in the city, and only have access to the canned varieties of the required ingredients. I’ve asked vendors at the farmer’s market if they could bring in some fresh supplies, but so far, I’ve had no luck. Despite these setbacks, I have a good feeling about pitching your manuscript at the next monthly meeting. Maybe if you include some illustrations of the various dishes, we could expand the appeal of the book beyond its core niche audience.
If only I could get my hands on some farm-fresh cats! I may have to do a special order.
Executive Sub-Junior Editor