Just in time for Passover: Evil Monkey’s Guide to Kosher Imaginary Animals.
The blog Ecstatic Days has mined the knowledge of Ann VanderMeer (“editor of Weird Tales, co-editor of The New Weird and Steampunk, and a practicing Jew who teaches bat/bar mitzvah students”) to describe the bizarre gastronomic intersection of fantasy fauna and the Jewish faith.
Some choice excerpts from the list:
Dragon A: “No reptiles or amphibians.” EM: “No exceptions? What about if it chews its cud?” A: “Shut up.”
Baku (dream-devouring tapir) A: “That’s considered a swine. It doesn’t chew its cud.” EM: “What if it was a dream-devouring cow? Would the dream-devouring disqualify it?” A: “No. As long as you don’t consider that scavenging.”
Pope Lick Monster A: “I don’t know what that is.” EM: “I think it’s a monster that licks the Pope.” A: “If it’s licking the Pope, it’s probably treyf.”
Everything else on the list is equally wacky/inspired, so it’s worth a look.