I recently came across this photo of an interesting recipe in preparing "Stuffed Camel"...

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Stuffed Camel 1 whole camel, medium size 1 whole lamb, large size 20 whole chickens, medium size 60 eggs 12 kilos rice 2 kilos pine nuts 2 kilos almonds 1 kilo pistachio nuts 110 gallons water 5 tbsps. black pepper Salt to taste

Skin, trim, and clean the camel, lamb, and chickens, and boil until tender. (Be sure the pot is large enough.) Cook rice until fluffed. Fry nuts until brown, and mix with rice. Hard-boil the eggs and peel them. Stuff the chickens with eggs and rice. Stuff the lamb with 5 of the chickens and some rice. Stuff the camel with the lamb and more rice. Broil in large oven until brown. Spread the remaining mixed rice on a large tray and place the camel on top. Place the remaining stuffed chickens around the camel. Decorate rice with boiled eggs and nuts. And don't worry if there are more guests than expected - the recipe serves 80 to 100.

Deputy Ruth E. Buntrock, FIC, Gaastra, Mich.

Now I am not here to debate if this is an actual dish or not. The practice of engastration has been well documented. In some digging the above recipe did appear in a publication with some slight differences and credited to a different person.

International Cuisine, presented by California Home Economics Teachers, 1983 (ISBN 0-89626-051-8) - Shararazod Eboli, Home Economist, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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Both these recipes appear to be poking fun at the practice as there are clear jokes in both citings.

What I am interested in is the source of the first picture. Is there a cookbook out there compiled from law enforcement officers and this "Deputy Ruth E. Buntrock" was just having a little fun?

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    Where did you come across the first photo?
    – bobble
    Aug 31 at 13:43
  • Could come from this thread on reddit? Aug 31 at 13:54
  • @bobble I saw it on Facebook first, but it has been posted on many social media platforms as Gareth Rees mentions. It was even included in the Snopes link, but did not have reveal where their source was.
    – Skooba
    Aug 31 at 19:12
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    There was a real Ruth Elenora Fuleihan Buntrock who was b 1927 and d 2021 and lived in Gaastra, Iron Co., Michigan. ofieldfuneralhome.com/obituary/Ruth-Buntrock She was a Civil Air Patrol Cadet her senior year of high school.
    – shoover
    Aug 31 at 19:22
  • Also if you search "Stuffed Camel" in IA you will find multiple books with similar recipes.
    – shoover
    Aug 31 at 19:25

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The recipe comes from I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal. The cookbook is a frame from the movie.

  • This Wikipedia page also confirms it.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Sep 1 at 6:21
  • While this may be the origin of the recipe, that is not my question. I am looking for the book where it is attributed to Deputy Ruth E. Buntrock.
    – Skooba
    Sep 1 at 11:47
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    @Skooba The answer says (although a corroborating frame or video would be nice) that the cookbook in your post is from the film adaptation of I Served the King of England, which suggests it's nothing but a film prop and that's where the picture came from. So it does answer the question, although would be better with clearer evidence re the exact image.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Sep 2 at 6:06

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