Next, placenta with Chianti...

ONE placenta recipe book reviewer, keen to try “new epicurean delights”, expressed a preference for the stir fry with fava beans, ginger, red peppers and oyster sauce.

He added, seemingly without any trace of mockery, that the dish was best paired with a good Chianti (the notorious favourite tipple of one Dr Hannibal Lecter).

More direct references to cannibalism, however, are not uncommon on forums debating human placentophagy — the ingestion of human placenta, either in raw or altered form.

Such horrified claims were