Colonel Sanders' Secret Manuscript Found After 40 Years: What a Coincidence

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Colonel Sanders' manuscript was found after 40 years
Kentucky Fried Chicken announced the discovery of an unpublished "food autobiography" written by chicken king Colonel Harland Sanders more than 40 years ago.

The manuscript was found by 30-year employee Amy Sherwood, who found the manuscript next to the company's secret original recipe while archiving documents in KFC's 770-pound vault.

The vault, which houses the restaurant chain's secret recipe, among other documents, is reported to have a one-half-inch-thick steel door, 24-hour closed circuit monitoring, and a dual entry system. All of which begs the question -- all this security and they didn't know what was in the vault?

Maybe we don't believe in kismet or fate here at Clean Plate Charlie, but the statement released by KFC parent Yum Brands reads much like a children's fairy tale.

"On the eve of 11/11/11, KFC Corp., the brand famous for 11 herbs and spices, announced today that it has discovered an unpublished 'food autobiography' of the company's founder, Colonel Harland Sanders, hidden in the company's Louisville archival storage facility for the past 40 years."

The story behind the Colonel's 11 secret herbs and spices were found on the eve of 11/11/11?  That's some coincidence. The fact that the company plans to publish the manuscript also makes this discovery sound a bit like a publicity stunt. 

Still, we're looking forward to reading about the Colonel's recipes for good, old-fashioned Southern cooking like biscuits, pancakes, omelets, casseroles, pies, and breads.

Kinda makes you wonder what else is in the KFC vault... maybe it's time for a very special episode of Hoarders.

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Joey Triplett
Joey Triplett

@twitter-17058304:disqus Actually if you read the article, which is only the official KFC website(, it says word for word that they discovered it on the eve of 11/11/11. If you look at the date that they posted the article it says November 10th, 2011......... Please make erratum update to your comment.  :)

Tim Wallace
Tim Wallace

Charlie, the statement never says it was discovered on the eve of 11/11/11.  It says the announcement was made on the eve of 11/11/11.  I'm sure they've had it for a while and some PR-type said announcing it then would have some synergistic effect.  Please make an erratum update to your article.


I have one guess on the secret ingredient....SALT

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