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Video: The Embalmers’ Cookbook Interview with Jeff Chancellor
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Friday, January 8, 2021


The Embalmers’ Cookbook

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Chancellor, co-author of The Embalmers’ Cookbook. Written along with his friend Mike Brown, the cookbook is a fun collection of “Recipes to Die For” and trivia about embalming and funeral history.

Fun Recipes and Trivia

The recipes include drinks (Chemical Solutions), salads (Casket Sprays & Flowers), rice and noodles (Maggots and Worms), meats (Rigor Mortis), and desserts (Happy Endings). Some of the recipes I’m looking forward to trying are The Morturita (a margarita), Grandma’s Funeral Salad (potato salad), Vampire Repellent (creamy garlic risotto), and Death By Cheesecake (obvious).

Half of the book includes trivia about embalming, images of old advertisements, and little-known funeral history stories. One example of trivia: Jesus Christ was embalmed using a 50-kilogram mixture containing aloe, frankincense and myrrh, and then He was wrapped in linen and spices by Joseph of Arimethea and Nicodemus.

Embalmers Cookbook Jeff Chancellor

Embalmers Cookbook co-author Jeff Chancellor

The Embalmers’ Cookbook is a collaborative effort by two longtime friends who are also experts in embalming. Mike Brown and Jeff Chancellor have a combined 75 years of experience blending the knowledge, skill, and artistry of embalming.

As Brown and Chancellor say in the introduction: “The following delicious recipes are an expression of who they are. Like embalming, these “knock your socks off” recipes are a blend of art and science, but don’t worry, you don’t need skill or knowledge. They are simple to prepare, the ingredients are easy to acquire, and most importantly, they are delicious.”

As Jeff Chancellor says, “Treat every meal as if it were your last, one day you will be right!”

When the book becomes available on Amazon, it will be listed in the Books to Die For store on A Good Goodbye.com. In the meantime, if you’d like to get a copy, reach out to Jeff Chancellor through LinkedIn.

Gail Rubin, CT, is author and host of the award-winning book and television series, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, and KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die.

Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist (that's a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the end-of-life and funeral planning conversation started. She "knocked 'em dead" with her TEDx talk, A Good Goodbye. She provides continuing education credit classes for attorneys, doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, financial planners, funeral directors and other professionals. She's a Certified Funeral Celebrant and funeral planning consultant who has been interviewed in national and local print, broadcast and online media.

Known as The Doyenne of Death®, she is the event coordinator of the Before I Die NM Festival. She also hosts A Good Goodbye Internet radio show and produces Mortality Minute radio and online video spots. Her YouTube Channel features more than 450 videos!

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. Her speaking profile is available at eSpeakers.com.

Gail Rubin has been interviewed about funeral planning issues in national and local broadcast, print and online media. Outlets include The Huffington Post, Money Magazine, Kiplinger, CBS Radio News, WGN-TV,  and local affiliates for NPR, PBS, FOX, ABC-TV, CBS-TV and NBC-TV. Albuquerque Business First named her as one of their 2019 Women of Influence.

Sign up for a free planning form and occasional informative newsletter at her website, AGoodGoodbye.com.

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