More Texas inmates facing execution ask for a cheeseburger and french fries as a last meal than any other. So says Brian Price, who prepared 220 final meals in the Huntsville prison kitchen while serving 14 years there himself, reports the Associated Press. Steak, ice cream, and fried chicken are popular. Few vegetables are ordered, but one one inmate wanted fried squash, fried eggplant, mashed potatoes, snap peas, boiled cabbage, corn on the cob, spinach, and cheese-covered broccoli with his chicken.
Price gives 42 jailhouse recipes and details on the inmates’ crimes in “Meals to Die For,” a 500-page cookbook due out next month. “Some folks think I’m poking fun at a serious and solemn subject,” said Price, who was paroled last year after serving time on convictions related to an abduction and sexual assault. “My intention is not to offend anyone.”
With recipes called things like Gallows Gravy, Rice Rigor Mortis, and Old Sparky’s Genuine Convict Chili in rising levels of spice (5,000, 10,000 or 20,000 volts), some object. “He’s a scum-sucking bottom-feeder,” said Dianne Clements, president of the Houston-based Justice For All, which represents crime victims. She said Price is profiting from crime at victims’ expense.