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Kanamit Reading a BookKanamit Cookbook - Recipe book created by towering bald aliens with pronounced foreheads on the episode "To Serve Man" broadcast March 2, 1962 on the sci-fi series THE TWILIGHT ZONE/ABC/CBS/1959-65.

The episode began with announcer Rod Serling saying "Respectfully submitted for your perusal: a Kanamit. Height: a little over 9 feet. Weight: in the neighborhood of 350 pounds. Origin: Unknown. Motives? Therein hangs a tale."

The Kanamits were representatives from a distant galaxy who promised to submit plans to the members of the United Nations which would end all war, famine and disease on the planet Earth. Of course, these aliens were doing this out of the kindness of their hearts. NOT!

After the Kanamits exterminated all forms of violence and disease, they intended to turn the Earth into a gigantic stock yard using the human population as food source for their civilization.

Initially, U.N. cryptographers decoded the front page of a book left by one of the aliens. It read "To Serve Man." Thinking the title reflected the altruistic intentions of the aliens, the governments of the world submitted to the kindness of the Kanamits. However, it was soon discovered that the book entitled "To Serve Man" was an alien cookbook.

Susan Cummings played the woman who screamed "It's a cookbook!" at the end of this 1962 TWILIGHT ZONE shocker. The episode was based on a story by Damon Knight.See also  - "V"

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