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Trading Canned Pet Food for Home Cooking

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Trading Canned Pet Food for Home Cooking

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Trading Canned Pet Food for Home Cooking

Trading Canned Pet Food for Home Cooking

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There's a spike in sales of cookbooks for Fido and Fluffy as pet owners seek to replace kibbles and bits with old-fashioned home cooking. And some of the recipes are good enough to make a human drool.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And you could become a chef for your shih tzu.

Tainted dog and cat food have been blamed for the deaths of at least 16 pets. Today's last word in business is about a spike in sales of cookbooks for pets.

Ms. ARDEN MOORE (Author, "Real Food For Dogs"): The most popular seems to be marvelous mutt meatballs. We also have canine casserole and on those cold days, we have chow hound chicken soup.

MONTAGNE: Arden Moore is the author of "Real Food For Dogs."

Ms. MOORE: Normally, my book has been a steady but not glamorous seller for the last few years. Maybe it was ranked 52,000 of all the books on Amazon.

MONTAGNE: This week, it's among the site's top 200 sellers. Lots of pet cookbooks are disappearing from shelves as pet owners seek to replace kibbles and bits with old-fashioned home cooking. It's enough to make a human drool. Arden Moore says her dishes aren't just for critters.

Ms. MOORE: Two-thirds of these 50 recipes, like canine casserole, are actually quite tasty for us, so it can be a money and time saver in the kitchen.

MONTAGNE: In other words, these recipes are more than just fit for dogs.

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MONTAGNE: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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