KFC stumbled upon the autobiography and cookbook in their archives last November. Harland Sanders wrote the book in 1966. He was made an honorary colonel by the governer of Kentucky in 1935, but he never actually served in the military.
This was a decade before the franchise was bought by a liquor and food conglomerate, Heublein. Although Sanders was on the company's payroll and acted as their goodwill brand ambassador, he blasted the Heublein executives to the Washington Post as a "bunch of booze hounds" and accused them of treating him like "the saloon bums they're used to dealing with rather than a sophisticated Southern businessman."
Sanders wasn't proud of his restaurants, and even attempted to start up another chain called the Colonel's Lady Dinner House, which was supposed to be modeled after his own family dining room.
Some of Sanders' sample recipes are already on the KFC Facebook page. So if you're in the mood for some "American country cookin", head on that way. The Colonel promises he "won't just use a cold mathematical formula to help you put [the food] on your table," but, rather, will tell you "how to prepare it like a man who's talking to you right over your kitchen stove."