Wednesday, May 9, 2012

5 cookbooks linked to tv shows and/or films

Last night I was reading the May issue of the Pop Culture eNewsletter and I saw a curious, curious thing. Our fabulous editor had included The unofficial Hunger Games cookbook : from lamb stew to "groosling" -- more than 150 recipes inspired by the Hunger Games trilogy by Emily Ansara Baines. I can't cook worth a darn. Not to save myself. (Well, not to save anyone else else, either, if it comes down to it). That doesn't stop me from watching numerous shows on the cooking channel, though. I adore those shows. Nor does my limited kitchen ability stop me from taking out truckloads of books to give me tips, ideas and, well, dangerous cooking-related thoughts. Imagine, though, JUST HOW MUCH my cup runneth over when I find that somebody had a brainwave and combined TELEVISION and FILM with COOKING. Imagine, also, how many dangerous cooking-related thoughts I can have now? Unlimited. Absolutely unlimited. I present to you: 5 cookbooks linked to tv shows and/or films.

Which tv show/film would you like to see a cookbook for?

PS: When I wrote this last night I was excited about life, Supernatural, books, The Avengers, people, Tumblr, and most THINGS and STUFF in general. I woke up this morning to an NYT article telling me that Maurice Sendak had died overnight. I think the world is still beautiful, just a little less magical without him in it. Maybe, a little later today, I'll round up 5 fantastic interviews worth seeing/hearing/reading with the man himself. Be well, people.

The unofficial Game of thrones cookbook / Alan Kistler
An Epic Culinary Journey to the Heart of Westeros! Eat like a Lannister. Brew spirits to warm you in the coming winter. Treat guests to exotic sweets and alchemy-inspired cocktails. With this collection of hearty meals inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, it's all possible! Every dish finds its roots in the pages that brought Westeros to life, including: Arbor Red Wine-the finest spirit in the Seven Kingdoms The House of Stark's Venison, Apple, Cheddar Plaits-savory meat pies, fit for any Warden of the North The Imp's Wild Strawberry Fool-a dessert light enough to make Tyrion smile Wilding Grilled Pork Chops with Stir-Grilled Apples-the meal of choice at Craster's Keep Tears of Lys-the concoction of choice for bartenders and assassins alike Feast your imagination on entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks that will make your fantasies a reality!

The Star Wars cook book : wookiee cookies and other galactic recipes / by Robin Davis; photography by Frankie Frankeny
Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos are just the beginning when the Force is with you in the kitchen. Wookiee Cookies is your invitation to fine culinary experiences in the Star Wars frame of mind. From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. With hilarious photos and safety tips for cooking on Earth as well as in most space stations, Wookiee Cookies even includes a sheet of shiny Star Wars stickers. Age is no issue when it comes to Star Wars cuisine-kids as well as adults will have a great time with this book. Whether you drove to your first Star Wars flick or just had your fifth birthday, there's no reason you can't whip up some Crazy Cantina Chili at near light speed.

The unofficial Mad Men cookbook : inside the kitchens, bars, and restaurants of Mad Men / Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin
Unofficial and unauthorized. The appeal of AMC's award-winning period drama Mad Men, shortly to begin its fifth season, lies as much in its painstaking portrait of 1960s America as in the emotional lives of its characters. In The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin explore the show's culinary backdrop, from the food we see on the table at Sterling Cooper power lunches to the dishes Betty serves at Draper dinner parties. With more than 60 recipes, photos, and other images all drawn from the period in which Mad Men is set, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook is perfect for appreciating the role food and drink play in the hit series or for throwing your own historically accurate Mad Men-inspired cocktail party. * Find out why Betty might have chosen her "Around the World" dinner party theme-plus why Don's Heineken ad campaign would have been so well-received by the public-and try a gazpacho from Spain, using a recipe Betty herself might have. * Learn why Sardi's, the restaurant where Bobbi Barrett and Don celebrate selling her husband's new pilot, was a likely location for post-TV deal celebration, and make Sardi's famous steak tartar for yourself. Includes a color photo insert of 16 dishes, plus additional black and white photos and other images of bars, restaurants, and food advertisements from the 1960s.

The unofficial Harry Potter cookbook : from Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory - more than 150 magical recipes for wizards and non-wizards alike / Dinah Bucholz
Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall. A proper cuppa tea and rock cakes in Hagrid's hut. Cauldron cakes and pumpkin juice on the Hogwarts Express. With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as: Treacle Tart--Harry's favorite dessert Molly's Meat Pies--Mrs. Weasley's classic dish Kreacher's French Onion Soup Pumpkin Pasties--a staple on the Hogwarts Express cart With a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, you'll conjure up the entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks you need to transform ordinary Muggle meals into magical culinary masterpieces, sure make even Mrs. Weasley proud!

Love at first bite : the unofficial Twilight cookbook / Gina Meyers
The international phenomenon known as Twilight fever has ignited excitement in the kitchen. Delectable delights to satisfy the appetites of the humans can be found in the fictional book Twilight. Love at First Bite: the Unofficial Twilight Cookbook is meant to offer a satisfying array of warm, lovely dishes that anyone of any age can cook with ease and enjoyment. To help the reader determine the level of skill involved in preparing each dish, the recipes are labeled "easy", "medium", or "hard". One fork means "easy", two forks, "medium", and three forks means it is a "difficult" or "hard" recipe. Filled with forbidden love, action, and danger, so brace yourself, and bring your very best table manners and your appetites. Don't forget your forks. Beautiful Bella Swan will be serving up some scrumptious delights to satisfy even the pickiest puritan "vegetarian" vampires. Intertwined in the pages of Love at First Bite, you will find Bell's Lasagna, Harry's Famous Fish Fry, Mushroom Ravioli, Blushing Bella Punch, just to name a few. Your senses will be filled deep with the sweet aroma of mouthwatering I Dare You to Eat Pizza Edward, and sinfully delicious Red Velvet Cake. You know when the rooster crows, it is time to awaken your sense of taste and take a Bite at Dawn to Lemon Blueberry cake, Plum Pecan Waffles, or Grand Slam Sundae. Red juicy ripe vine tomatoes marinated in raspberry vinaigrette tempts the taste buds and is a featured salad in the There Are Cold Cut Sandwiches in the Fridge section. Pucker up and take a long cool sip of Sparkling Honey Lemonade in a citrus salt rimmed glass, one of the virgin recipes found in the beverage chapter. Give into your epicurean temptation and take a bite into Love at First Bite: the Unofficial Twilight Cookbook. The recipes will leave you breathless and hungry for more. Besides luscious recipes, you'll also find cast lists for Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse, as well a Twilight Party Planning Checklist, Bella's Prom Planner, and tons of trivia. Also find invaluable resources on upcoming Unofficial Twilight Conventions, Twilight Cooking Classes and more.

2 comments:

Sharlene said...

I'm glad the Harry Potter cookbook made the top 5. i've had this book out & will get it out again when I host a dinner party "Hogwarts" style. This is my post re Butterbeer. Has the link to the recipe so you can try it too. http://sharlenesmith.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/butterbeer-latte/

tosca said...

Hi de hi Sharlene! I follow your blog :) Did the butterbeer taste like you thought it would/should? And are you going to make people dress up as well?? What a fantastic idea.