Top 12 Cookbooks For Book Lovers
Have you ever wondered how eatable pillows taste like? Or how Butterbeer from the Harry Potter series is made? If so, then the following 12 cookbooks will surely make your day.
1. Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes
Featuring meals like Eatable Pillows, Stink Bugs Eggs, Lickable Wallpaper, and Fresh Mudburgers, one would think this book wasn't written for a serious cook.
Additionally, some illustrations are out-of-this-world and they add to the eerie vibes we get from the book.
For example, the Green Pea Soup recipe from Dahl's bestselling book, The Witches, features a drawing of three witches standing over a cauldron.
Thankfully, the recipe names, as well as the illustrations, are just a tribute to Dahl’s wicked sense of humor. The cookbook was written by Roald Dahl's wife, an accomplished cook herself, after he passed on.
This book of revolting recipes includes a variety of starters, drinks, main courses, and snacks. However, most people love the confectionery, cakes, and desserts recipes. Some of the most talked about sweet treats include Stickjaw for Talkative Parents, Hot Ice Cream for Cold Days, and Candy-Coated Pencils for Sucking in Class - extremely interesting sounding names, if I can say so myself!
2. Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss
If you love Dr. Seuss, you'll want to add this wonderful cookbook into your collection.
This book houses a whole range of flavorful dishes, and they comes with playful names such as Pink Yink Ink Drink (ugh - tongue twister!), Moose Juice, and the Cat in the Hat Pudding.
This cookbook is filled with simple, tasty, and wacky recipes that will help young children to experiment in the kitchen (with adult supervision, of course). But what makes the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook so endearing is that each recipe is accompanied by a relevant quote from Dr. Seuss's own books.
3. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With A Literary Twist
Tequila Mockingbird makes for an interesting book to carry to your next book club meeting, an ideal buy if you're a fan of classic literature, and a must-buy if you're looking for a book that will have you laughing out loud as you read it. However, if you're below the legal drinking age, please don't try the recipes at home… or rather, don't slurp them up!
Written by Tim Federle, the self-proclaimed "word nerd", cocktail enthusiast, and award-winning author, Tequila Mockingbird was crowned as one of Amazon's Best Books of 2014.
Included in the cocktail book is 65 recipes that have been paired up with mocking and humorous commentaries about some of history's best-loved novels. Drinking games, bar snacks, and sketched illustrations can also be found throughout the book.
The cocktail recipes found in this book include:
- Are You There God? It’s Me Margarita
- Romeo and Julep
- The Last of the Mojitos
- Lord of the Mai-Tais
- Berry Potter
- The Adventures of Sherbet Holmes
- Gone with the Wine
4. The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook: A Culinary Diversion
The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook is a delightful treat for fans of Lewis Carroll's classic book. Featuring a variety of rich dishes from oysters to oeufs, each recipe in this vintage cookbook is accompanied by an appropriate and highly-detailed black-and-white drawing from the original story.
For instance, the Looking Glass Cake recipe is accompanied by a drawing of Alice holding a cake and standing between a lion and a unicorn. Other well-received recipes in this cookbook include the Flower Salad, A Toast to Alice, Eat Me Cake, Bread-and-Butterfly-Pudding, and the Ambidextrous Mushrooms.
As a bonus, this cookbook features two of Carroll's shorter pieces, “Feeding the Mind” and “Hints of Etiquette”, which were written to instruct readers on table manners.
If you're a huge fan of Lewis Carroll and an ardent cook, you'll be wanting this for Christmas.
5. The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods From Laura Ingalls Wilders's Stories
The eight years Barbara Walker spent on researching, testing, and writing to produce this outstanding "The Little House Cookbook" were truly worth it.
We now have on our hands a culinary and literacy feast to delight in, and fans of Ingalls Wilders will not be disappointed.
If you love the Little House series by Ingalls Wilders, you'll appreciate the amount of effort that went into creating this masterpiece. The cookbook features excerpts from the Little House series, along with easy-to-make recipes of the meals mentioned in the books.
With over 100 authentic recipes to try out from the comfort of home, you'll finally be able to make Creamed Carrots, Potato Cakes, Oxtail Pot Roast, Cornmeal Mush, Tomato Pickles, Fried Parsnips, and so many more dishes that you could only once read about!
And apart from offering a fun way to make old-time dishes, this cookbook is highly informative. Each recipe follows a short but well-researched essay of the dish's origin, characters, and developments. The black and white illustrations of plants, flowers, little houses, and people eating food further complement this cookbook.
6. Dinner with Mr. Darcy: Recipes Inspired By Jane Austen
Jane Austen's romantic fiction works portray food as a way of showing off, a way to extend a little kindness, and an integral part of family life. Staying true to those ideals, Pen Vogler, author of “Dinner with Mr. Darcy”, has turned Jane Austen's old-fashioned dishes into present-day meals we can enjoy.
The recipes found in this cookbook are written in an easy to follow manner and they capture the spirit of Jane Austen's era very well.
Featuring both the original and Pen's refined recipes, this is a cookbook that's filled with colorful pictures - so don't let the dull-looking cover fool you! Quotes by Jane Austen can also be found peppered throughout the cookbook.
Some of the meals you can now cook include Lady Middleton's Apricot Marmalade, Margaret Dodd's Pigeon Pie, and Mr. Bingley's White Soup.
7. A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook
This cookbook has breathed life into George R.R. Martin's bestselling novels and the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones".
Reading through this cookbook is an adventure of itself and a process that will answer your many silent questions.
For example, you'll finally know what it's like to attend a feast at Winterfell, eat a pork pie with the Night's Watch, or be able to indulge in honeyfingers with Daenerys Targaryen.
The Feast of Ice and Fire Cookbook has glossy pages, tons of pictures, and an amazing arrangement. It includes an introduction from George R. R. Martin himself and a stocking section which clearly explains every kitchen ingredient you'll require for the recipes. The cookbook also comes with a guide about dining and entertaining in the Kingdoms.
Featuring 100 recipes, the recipes section of the book is divided into various regions with a variety of meals that include Rack of Lamb and Herbs, Honeyed Chicken, Quails Drowned in Butter, Cream Swans, and more. Many recipes have both the medieval and modern options, allowing you to try whichever cooking style that appeals to you.
8: The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
With over 150 recipes for wizards and muggles alike, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook will leave you smiling from ear to ear as you go about your day making Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory to Pumpkin Pasties.
I did not see if there is a recipe for a love potion in there... but if so, I'm all for it!
This cookbook gives the millions of Harry Potter fans across the world a chance to immerse themselves into their favorite fictional world and taste the dishes mentioned in the series.
The dishes are easy to prepare and they will leave you feeling like you're dining at Hogwarts or the Weasleys' home with meals prepared by Molly herself!
9. The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook
Featuring over 150 recipes inspired by C. S. Lewis, this Unofficial Narnia Cookbook is a dream come true for fans of the series.
With recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the inclusion of desserts and snacks, you can turn this cookbook into your everyday home menu.
The best thing, however, is that unlike the character in the novels, you'll be able to enjoy these delicious meals in the comfort of your home without worrying about epic battles with the White Witch!
With British-styled meals, Mediterranean-inspired flavors, and a variety of easy-to-make and multi-step, time-consuming recipes, this is one cookbook you'll be referring back to time after time.
A few notable recipes include Fire Roasted Pavenders, Boiled Egg and Sugar-Dusted Tea Cake, and Plum Pudding and Christmas Biscuits. Yum!
10. Nanny Ogg's Cookbook
Nanny Ogg is one of Discworld's most famous witches and with this cookbook, you'll get to taste her Strawberry Wobbler, Ricewind's Potato Cakes, Traveler's Digestives, Sergeant Angua's Vegetable Stew with Dumplings, and Mrs. Gogol's Clairvoyant Gumbo.
Additionally, Mrs. Ogg's thoughts about life, death, weddings, children, etiquette, and courtship make for welcome entertainment as you go through the book.
11. The Redwall Cookbook
The Redwall Cookbook has done what most cookbooks haven't: it offers recipes for winter, autumn, summer, and spring, and will allow you to indulge in joyous cooking sessions all year round. The cookbook brings out the charm and magic that is Redwall through mouthwatering recipes and full-colored illustrations.
And with meals such as Jolly's Raspberry Jelly Rock Cakes, Honeybaked Apples, Stuffed Springtide Mushrooms, and Spiced Gatehouse Tea Bread, this cookbook is truly a great gift for fans of Brian Jacques's Redwall series.
12. The Unofficial Recipes of The Hunger Games
Fans of the Hunger Games series can now rejoice! With this cookbook, you'll get the opportunity to travel on a vast culinary adventure through both the impoverished districts of Panem and the lavish Capitol. Every dish is inspired by the Hunger Games's tributes and reviewers at Amazon have nothing but praise for this book.
With recipes that include Gale's Venison Pot Roast, Orange Chicken in Cream Sauce, Beloved Lamb Stew with Dried Plums, and Hazelle's Authentic Beaver Stew, this cookbook will teach you how to cook food found in a post-apocalyptic world.