Veronica: This post of mine first appeared on the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog earlier this week. Ive added one more cookbook here (for a total of 13) that came to my attention and tickled my mental taste buds (are those even a thing???) after the article posted, and also some buy links.
The post, as enhanced:
Since this time of the year tends to focus on food and gatherings of friends and family where much eating takes place, I thought itd be fun to put together a list of science fiction and fantasy related cookbooks.
Now Im not a great chef in this galaxy or the next one, so I must hasten to add I cant personally recommend any of them based on my own experience. I relied on reviews and reader comments and other entirely informal criteria of my own to pick twelve I wanted to showcase for you. The number kept growing as I found more and more I couldnt bear to leave out!
Being a dessert fan, the one that caught my eye first wasWookie Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbookby Robin Davis. Apparently the level is aimed more for children as one of their first forays into the kitchen and not so much for serious adult cooks.Heres the blurb: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. The ebook includes hilarious photos and safety tips for cooking on Earth as well as in most space stations. 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, theres no reason you cant whip up some Crazy Cantina Chili at near light speed.
Still in a Star Wars mood, I moved on toThe Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunchby Lara Star and Matthew Carden (Photographer). While again this seemed to be more of a fun with kids type book, it had quite a few positive reviews and the Luke Skywaffles sound great. The blurb: Awaken your inner Force with 29 intergalactic breakfast recipes. Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbars, and so much more! These easy-to-make, mouthwatering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs featuring Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humor.
While there are other Star Wars-based cookbooks out there, I thought it was time for Star Trek recipes and happened uponStar Trek Cookbookby Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes. This book appears to be more grounded in the series apparently theres even a recipe for cat food for Commander Datas pet Spot. The reviews seem to indicate the book is a mix of anecdotes and versions of food and drink that appeared on the program, with overall high marks for being a fun read.The blurb: Is there one food that humans, Klingons, Bajorans, and Vulcans would like? If so, what would it taste like? How would you prepare it? Could you find all the ingredients locally?
This is the task that faces Neelix, chef for the U.S.S. Voyager, every time he takes on the challenge of trying to feed its crew of 140 food critics. But over the course of their journey, Neelixs learned a few tricks of the trade. He had to, just as a matter of self-preservation.
Ethan Phillips, in the persona of Neelix, and William J. Birnes, the New York Times bestselling coauthor ofThe Day After Roswell, throw wide the vaults of interstellar haute cuisine, revealing for the first time the secret preparation techniques behind all those exotic dishes and drinks. The favorite foods of characters from every Star Trek series and movie are here, all adapted for easy use in twentieth-century kitchens.The Star Trek Cookbookalso features a complete guide for whipping up the all the drinks served at Quarks.
Fun, and easy to use, theStar Trek Cookbookis your indispensable guide to the food of the stars!
On a whim I searched for a Firefly-themed cookbook and found one!Firefly The Big Damn Cookbookby Chelsea Monroe-Cassel (who as youll see throughout this post seems to have made a specialty out of creating dishes for fans of beloved series).The description:Cook your way across the Verse using over 70 recipes inspired by Joss Whedons cult TV show withFirefly: The Big Damn Cookbook.
Treat your friends, family, and crew withFirefly: The Big Damn Cookbook. Featuring 70 recipes inspired by the cult television show and illustrated with gorgeous full-color photography, youll never have to settle for protein blocks again. From Simons protein birthday cake to Rivers problematic ice planet, this collection of recipes will keep you and your fellow Browncoats well fed even on your longest smuggling runs.
Zoes Wife Soup
Southdown Abbey couscous
Fruity oaty bars
Mama Reynolds shoofly pie
Any discussion of science fiction food must include Dr. Who! Luckily theres theDoctor Who: The Official Cookbook: 40 Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Recipesby Joanna Farrow. Heresthe blurb: Have your Doctor Who and eat it too with this out-of-this-world cookbook featuring fun, imaginative recipes for the whole family, based on the wildly popular BBC series Doctor Who.
The perfect addition to every Doctor Who fans shelf,Doctor Who: The Official Cookbookfeatures a cornucopia of delicious, easy-to-make recipesfrom the simple, to the showstopperswith an exciting Whovian twist. Enjoy the Doctors own favorite, fish fingers and custard, share some Cyberman Pie with friends, treat the family to Cassandra Pizza, or indulge your sweet tooth with a Supreme Dalek Cake.
Throwing a viewing party of your favorite episodes? Serve up some Ood Rolls, Salt and Pepper Sontarans, and Weeping Angel Food Cake. And dont forget the centerpiece for every Whovian get-together, a Gingerbread TARDIS and, of course, 12 Cookie Doctors.
Illustrated with stills from the television show and seasoned with fun food ephemera and quotes from the Doctors universe, Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook has something weird, wacky, and tasty for every fan.
I even found an official cookbook forThe Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson and Yunhee Kim.The blurb: Based on the hit AMC television series, this cookbook is packed with lifesaving tips and unique recipes inspired by The Walking Dead.The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbookand Survival Guidedetails the skills and recipes you need to survive (while avoiding being eaten) during a walker apocalypse. Inspired by the hit AMC television series, the book features recipes for meals featured on the show, plus food and drinks inspired by key characters and locations, along with expert information on foraging, hunting wild game, and outdoor cooking. Featuring familiar treats like Carls pudding, Carol Peletiers baked goods, and Hershels spaghetti, this is the ultimate gift for fans and walker-wary survivalists alike.
Moving on to the world of fantasy, where better to begin than withA Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbookby Chelsea Monroe-Cassel , Sariann Lehrer and George R. R. Martin (Foreword). I thinkthe blurb says it all:Ever wonder what its like to attend a feast at Winterfell? Wish you could split a lemon cake with Sansa Stark, scarf down a pork pie with the Nights Watch, or indulge in honeyfingers with Daenerys Targaryen? George R. R. Martins bestselling saga A Song of Ice and Fire and the runaway hit HBO series Game of Thrones are renowned for bringing Westeross sights and sounds to vivid life. But one important ingredient has always been missing: the mouthwatering dishes that form the backdrop of this extraordinary world. Now, fresh out of the series that redefined fantasy, comes the cookbook that may just redefine dinner . . . and lunch, and breakfast.
A passion project from superfans and amateur chefs Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrerand endorsed by George R. R. Martin himselfA Feast of Ice and Fire lovingly replicates a stunning range of cuisines from across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. From the sumptuous delicacies enjoyed in the halls of power at Kings Landing, to the warm and smoky comfort foods of the frozen North, to the rich, exotic fare of the mysterious lands east of Westeros, theres a flavor for every palate, and a treat for every chef.
These easy-to-follow recipes have been refined for modern cooking techniques, but adventurous eaters can also attempt the authentic medieval meals that inspired them. The authors have also suggested substitutions for some of the more fantastical ingredients, so you wont have to stock your kitchen with camel, live doves, or dragon eggs to create meals fit for a king (or a khaleesi). In all, A Feast of Ice and Fire contains more than 100 recipes, divided by region:
- The Wall: Rack of Lamb and Herbs; Pork Pie; Mutton in Onion-Ale Broth; Mulled Wine; Pease Porridge
- The North: Beef and Bacon Pie; Honeyed Chicken; Aurochs with Roasted Leeks; Baked Apples
- The South: Cream Swans; Trout Wrapped in Bacon; Stewed Rabbit; Sisters Stew; Blueberry Tarts
- Kings Landing: Lemon Cakes; Quails Drowned in Butter; Almond Crusted Trout; Bowls of Brown; Iced Milk with Honey
- Dorne: Stuffed Grape Leaves; Duck with Lemons; Chickpea Paste
- Across the Narrow Sea: Biscuits and Bacon; Tyroshi Honeyfingers; Wintercakes; Honey-Spiced Locusts
Theres even a guide to dining and entertaining in the style of the Seven Kingdoms. Exhaustively researched and reverently detailed, accompanied by passages from all five books in the series and full-color photographs guaranteed to whet your appetite, this is the companion to the blockbuster phenomenon that millions of stomachs have been growling for. And remember, winter is comingso dont be afraid to put on a few pounds.
For a bit of time traveling recipe goodness, theres theOutlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbookby Theresa Carle-Sanders and Diana Gabaldon (Foreword).The mouthwatering synopsis: Claire Beauchamp Randalls incredible journey from postwar Britain to eighteenth-century Scotland and France is a feast for all five senses, and taste is no exception. From Claires first lonely bowl of porridge at Castle Leoch to the decadent roast beef served after her hasty wedding to Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, from gypsy stew and jam tarts to fried chicken and buttermilk drop biscuits, there are enough mouth-watering meals along the way to whet the appetite of even the most demanding palate.
Now professional chef and founder of OutlanderKitchen.com Theresa Carle-Sanders offers up this extraordinary cuisine for your table. Featuring more than one hundred recipes, Outlander Kitchen retells Claire and Jamies incredible story through the flavors of the Scottish Highlands, the French Revolution, and beyond. Yet amateur chefs need not fear: These doable, delectable recipes have been updated for todays modern kitchens. Here are just a few of the dishes that will keep the world of Outlander on your mind morning, noon, and nicht:
- Breakfast: Yeasted Buckwheat Pancakes; A Coddled Egg for Duncan; Bacon, Asparagus, and Wild Mushroom Omelette
- Appetizers: Cheese Savories; Rolls with Pigeons and Truffles; Beer-Battered Corn Fritters
- Soups & Stocks: Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Murphys Beef Broth; Drunken Mock-Turtle Soup
- Mains: Peppery Oyster Stew; Slow-Cooked Chicken Fricassee; Conspirators Cassoulet
- Sides: Auld Ians Buttered Leeks; Matchstick Cold-Oil Fries; Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash
- Bread & Baking: Pumpkin Seed and Herb Oatcakes; Fionas Cinnamon Scones; Jocastas Auld Country Bannocks
- Sweets & Desserts: Black Jack Randalls Dark Chocolate Lavender Fudge; Warm Almond Pastry with Father Anselm; Banoffee Trifle at River Run
With gorgeous photographs and plenty of extrasincluding cocktails, condiments, and preservesOutlander Kitchen is an entertainment experience to savor, a wide-ranging culinary crash course, and a time machine all rolled into one. Forget bon apptit. As the Scots say, ith do ler!
If your gathering includes World of Warcraft fans, theres a cookbook for you as well World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbookby Chelsea Monroe-Cassel.The description:Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a compendium of sweet and savory recipes inspired by the hit game from Blizzard Entertainment. Presenting delicacies favored by the Horde and the Alliance alike, this authorized cookbook teaches apprentice chefs how to conjure up a menu of food and drink from across the realm of Azeroth.
Featuring food pairings for each dish, ideas for creating your own Azerothian feasts, and tips on adapting meals to specific diets, this otherworldly culinary guide offers something for everyone. The aromatic Spiced Blossom Soup is perfect for plant-loving druids, and orcs will go berserk for the fall-off-the-bone Beer-Basted Boar Ribs. With alternatives to the more obscure ingredientsjust in case you dont have Chimaerok Chops lying aroundthis comprehensive cookbook will ensure that you have no trouble staying Well Fed.
Each chapter features dishes at a variety of skill levels for a total of more than one hundred easy-to-follow recipes for food and brews, including:
- Ancient Pandaren Spices
- Fel Eggs and Ham
- Mulgore Spice Bread
- Dragonbreath Chili
- Graccus Homemade Meat Pie
- Bloodberry Tart
- Greatfathers Winter Ale
Whether youre cooking for two or revitalizing your raid group for a late-night dungeon run,World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbookbrings the flavors of Azeroth to life like never before.
Nanny Oggs Cookbook (Discworld)brings culinary delights from yet another alternate world of fantasy and good food. Authored by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs, Tina Hannan and Paul Kidby (Illustrator),the blurb goes as follows:They say that the way to a mans heart is through his stomach which just goes to show theyre as confused about anatomy as they genrally are about everything else, unless theyre talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage. Anyway, we do not live in a perfect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying. Learning to cook is also useful.
Nanny Ogg, one of Discworlds most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it. But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobbys Mums Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette (If you go to other peoples funerals theyll be sure to come to yours), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much.
Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive.
VS: Adding a thirteenth book here, on my blog which wasnt in the AMAZING post read on below this one for the final book featured, with a Harry Potter theme: Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls by Astrid Tuttle Winegar (Author) and Geneva Harstine (Illustrator). The description: Filled with grown-up, comfort food inspired by Narnia and Middle-earth, this cookbook bursts with recipes that will help the reader evoke a sense or warmth and community; ranging from easy to relatively difficult, the dishes are fantastically delicious!
In Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, Tolkien scholar Astrid Tuttle Winegar has created eleventy-one original recipes to inspire you. Lovingly illustrated and written with dry humor throughout, this charming cookbook is sure to delight you and your family, friends, and any other lucky halflings (or monsters) who show up in your kitchen. So crack open a beer, rustle up some Gndrnbs Grb, and come along on this epic culinary journey. Your quest for delicious recipes is complete!
The eight chapters of this cookbook each imagines a restaurant (inn, caf, or bistro) which caters to particular archetypal characters in the fantasy genre and presents a delicious meal for them. But dont worryyou dont have to be a gourmet monster chef! You simply need to love comfort food to enjoy all the recipes within.
Halfling Hideaway is the perfect cozy spot for characters small of stature, yet big of heart. Here, you can enjoy Stout & Sturdy Chicken & Dumplings, Six of One Half a Dozen Soup, and Nutty Honey Bars.
The Inn of the Doughty Hero provides hearty food for the hero on the move. This is the place to bring your freshly acquired game and any sort of fruits or vegetables youve managed to forage during your journeys in the wild. Beery Beef Stew, Cress Composition, and Healing Chocolate Chai will fortify you for your next outing. For now, stay and eatand you might consider washing your hair and clothes for a change
Council Catering helps you develop a sophisticated menu to help convince your heroes to risk their lives fulfilling dangerous quests. Order your impressive Celebration Cake here.
Quest Depot is your one-stop shop for nutritious, more portable goodies to bring on your Seemingly Hopeless Enterprise. Cheesy pies and buttery cookies will help you survive those perilous road trips.
The Epic-Urean caters to wizards, witches, and alchemistscharacters who like a bit of danger and complexity in their meal preparations. You can dabble with Crackling Caramel Sauce, and enjoy the precision of Treasured Tidbits (sushi) and Sine Qua Non Chicken.
Glitnrs Hall serves wholly hearty food for dwarves; mushrooms and bacon are quite popular in this establishment.
Monstrous Morsels: The Hot Spot for Egregious Enemies prepares surprisingly elegant food for trolls, orcs, goblins, and zombies. Monsters need comfort too, you know, and they will find it with dishes such as Fungus Liquid, Cold Dead Livid Bread, Chunks & Gobbets, and Must Eat Brain Food Dont worryall the recipes in this restaurant come with more civilized names, so you can serve these dishes to people who dont have warped senses of humor.
Nympha Nemorosa prepares delicate treats for woodland elves and sylvan sprites. With delicious dishes such as Leeky Potato Soup, Sweet Sylvan Buns with Honey Almond Butter, and Marmalade Gems, you might decide just to stay at home for days at a timecooking, baking, and reading The Lord of the Rings and all of the Chronicles of Narnia. Now, that sounds like an extremely pleasant way to spend some time!
Of course we mustnt miss out on the world of Harry Potter and the unofficial cookbook associated with this beloved franchise which seemed to me to have the most enthusiastic reviews wasThe Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker GloryMore Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike (Unofficial Cookbook)by Dinah Bucholz.The blurb: Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall.
A proper cuppa tea and rock cakes in Hagrids 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 TartHarrys favorite dessert
Mollys Meat PiesMrs. Weasleys classic dish
Kreachers French Onion Soup
Pumpkin Pastiesa staple on the Hogwarts Express cart
With a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, youll 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!
Ill end this post with something for the Hobbit in all of us, who relishes every meal (but especially second breakfast) An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookeryby Chris-Rachael Oseland The synopsis: When a second generation geek with multiple degrees in history grows up to be a professional cookbook writer, its no surprise you end up with a lovingly researched book of Hobbit cookery.
Inside these pages youll find one chapter for each traditional Hobbit meal. In addition to being based on historic recipes revised to fit Tolkiens specific vision of the Shire, the dishes have the following themes.
Breakfast hot, fast, traditional morning food
Second Breakfast cold, sturdy pies full of meat, veg and fruit to fuel a small adventure
Elevenses a hearty selection of breads to tide you over until Luncheon
Luncheon lighter fare appropriate for a pub
Afternoon Tea sweet biscuits, cakes and buns to accompany a caffeinated pick-me-up
Supper a hot meal of meat, veg, and mushrooms with a sweet finish
Dinner slow cooked roasts and puddings that take hours to make, but are well worth the wait.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful winter holiday season and many hours of feasting!