A decades old cookbook and autobiography by Colonel Sanders himself is set to hit cyber-bookshelves in June, after the Kentucky Fried Chicken founder's original manuscript was accidentally found in company archives.
The work, titled "Colonel Harland Sanders: The Autobiography of the Original Celebrity Chef," will be made available not in stores, but on Facebook for free download beginning June 4. The page already includes the first chapter, an introduction and a recipe for potato pancakes.
Written in 1966, the book winds through anecdotes from the Colonel's life, sprinkled with 33 recipes for country dishes like cornbread stuffing, light bread, hot biscuits with honey butter, chicken pot pie, hushpuppies, fried tomatoes, potato pancakes, pecan pie and baked apple dumplings.
As Sanders says in the introduction: "This is a new kind of book. It’s the story of a man’s life and the story of the food he’s cooked and eaten running right along with it."
Born in 1890, Sanders first started selling fried chicken out of his Corbin, Ky. gas station in 1930. Although he sold the business in 1964, his image has continued to serve as the company's emblem through present day. The franchise now known as KFC operates 15,000 stores in more than 100 countries. Sanders died in 1980.