To Serve Man (and Woman)
The book was called To Serve Man.
It was a cookbook.
We told our Yrganian hosts that humans was preferable, but even aliens like obscure cultural references.
The Yrganians were hospitable, but since most of their food would kill us instantly, they meticulously compiled a list of non-lethal foods and created recipes.
I was trying to make stew. I studied the book and took down a spice. My Yrganian sous-chef touched my arm.
“That one . . . will change your . . . DNA,” she said through the translator. “Try this. It will not turn you into a parasitic spore dispenser . . . and it is yummy.”
Note: this week’s photo prompt was a picture of a Korean food stall and it brought back a lot of wonderful memories of eating this kind of food. I thought of writing something Korea but this is the story that came out of my head.