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The Devil's Cook (1966)

Police Captain Bartholdi sometimes indulged himself in a harmless fantasy. His thoughts, he would imagine, were irresponsible imps that wriggled out of his head and scampered around with an abandon that was often embarrassing. A woman had been kidnapped. The woman was dead. Bartholdi was convinced that a murderer was at that moment having a grim laugh at his expense. He knew who the murderer was. He would have bet his pension and his sacred soul that he knew. But he could not, knowing, prove what he knew. He needed confirmation of one critical point. From among his antic imps he culled the three that had directed his mind to its present state:

  • One newspaper too many.
  • A girl who slept too soundly.
  • And, most important of all, a ragout with too many onions.

The Devil's Cook - cover Signet Books #451-Q6645The Devil's Cook - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Mark Peckham, January 1. 2015The Devil's Cook - cover Road, August 11, 2015

Ghost-written by Fletcher Flora. Strangely enough this books seems to be the reason why Ellery pops up a cookery book with "Ellery Queen's Student Ragout". Some commentaries said it looked somewhat like "mashed brain" but don't let that hold you from trying this out during winter: 

1 pound lean round steak 
salt and pepper 
2 carrots, slices thin 
2 medium onions sliced thin 
4 medium potatoes, sliced a little thicker 
1 cup red wine 

Take a heavy Dutch oven or stew pot and cover the bottom with cut bacon strips. At this point I usually go ahead and turn the burner heat on low. Next add the round steak sliced thin into bite size pieces. Then add the carrots, then onions, then potatoes, one layer of each. Put salt and pepper on top, can add some parsley if desired. Add 1 cup red wine, then water to make enough liquid to cover potatoes. Cover and simmer on low heat 2 hours. Add water if "gravy" gets too thick. Stir through a few times after about 1 - 1/2 hours. This makes a great meal with garlic bread and a salad.
(Columbus Jr. League cookbook)

In the book itself 3 carrots and 3 onions are used. No wine is mentioned.

Uitgekookt alibi - dutch coverUitgekookt Alibi - Dutch coverUitgekookt Alibi Dutch cover Prisma dubbel detective Nr 535Im eigenen Saft - cover German edition Ullstein 1132, 1967 translation Mechtild SandbergIm eigenen Saft - cover German edition Ullstein, 1981La ricetta del diavolo - cover Italian edition I Giallo Mondadori Nr 1020, August 1968Receita Diabolica - Cover Brasilian/Portuguese edition Clube do Crime Nº 34
El Cocinero del Diablo - cover Spanish edition, 1986El Cocinero del Diablo - cover Spanish edition, 1987, Editors S.A.El Cocinero del Diablo - cover Spanish editionDábelské ragú - cover Czech edition, Vysehrad, 1984Dábelské ragú - cover Czech edition, 2011Οι Νεκροί δεν γυρίζουν - cover Greek edition, Viper editions Νο. 603, 1976

The Devil's Cook Translations: 
Czech: Dábelské ragú 
Dutch/Flemish: Uitgekookt alibi 
German: Im eigenen Saft 
Greek: Οι Νεκροί δεν γυρίζουν 
Italian: La ricetta del diavolo 
Portuguese: Receita Diabólica 
Spanish:El Cocinero del Diablo 


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