I ate the last pages of Neverwhere for lunch today, ground into a minced beef turnover. It was not my most artistic meal to date, but it was one of my most delicious. The crust was fluffy and golden, the filling tender and juicy. When I was done, I mopped my plate with a paper crane. I'm getting good at these little cranes. (If I fold and eat a thousand, will something lucky happen? Or does the eating cancel out the folding?)
I thought about fixing some kind of deep-fried snack with the cover, but closer examination caused me to change my mind. There was a hard, shiny laminate in some areas, and a lot of aggressive-looking dyes. I felt a little sick, just thinking about that churning about in my stomach. Coraline's cover was bad enough. No sense tempting fate. After some deliberation, I threw the whole thing in the soup:
Cream of Gaiman, mushroom, and celery soup
+ 1 large red onion
+ 6 stalks celery
+ 1 cup mushrooms
+ 3 large potatoes
+ 3 cloves garlic
+ 1 tbsp ea. chopped dill & basil
+ 1/3 stick butter
+ 1 pinch ea. salt & pepper
+ 1 container double cream
+ 1 spine of Neverwhere, cover attached
+ 1 pot H2O
Pre-simmer spine of Neverwhere for 1-2 hours, or until soft. Strain and press, getting rid of as much dye/glue content as possible. Chop what's left in blender.
Chop celery, mushrooms, onion, and garlic into a saucepan, slicing garlic as thinly as possible. Fry in butter till onion is lightly browned around the edges, and garlic has begun to melt. Add to water, along with chopped potatoes, book, and seasonings, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover partway, and simmer 45 minutes (or until potatoes are soft). Break up potato chunks with wooden spoon or potato masher, add cream, and simmer over low heat 10-15 minutes.
Crumble in crackers, and serve.
It should take me a day or two to finish up the soup. In the meantime, I'm leaning towards picking up a paperback edition of American Gods, if for no other reason than that I'd like to read it again.