Denise Obrien (D-OBRIEN@VM.TEMPLE.EDU)
Sun, 26 Nov 1995 10:25:15 EST
one variant or another. Jan Harold Brunvand (in 1984 Professor of English
at the University of Utah) has done a lot of work on urban folklore or
urban legends as he calls them; cf. The Vanishing Hitchhiker (Norton,
1981) and The Choking Doberman (Norton 1984, Penguin 1987) A quote from
the Penguin edition of Doberman (1987:x-xi):
"As an instructor at the University of Idaho beginning in 1961 I
became interested in tracing the legend about 'Red Velvet Cake' (recipe
sold to unwitting customer for outrageous price by famous restaurant),
because several students swore that it had really happened to a relative.
(Of course, it had not.)"
It appears that Brunvand discusses "Red Velvet Cake" in his earlier
book, The Vanishing Hitchhiker (1981), but not having a copy handy, I
can't give any details.
Is it just a coincidence that the cookie story popped up on Anthro-L
right at the time of American culture's big national food feast?
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