31 Cookbooks Inspired by Popular TV Shows and Movies
While Google and Pinterest are "home" to some of the yummiest recipes these days, there's nothing more comforting than flipping the pages of a well-illustrated cookbook.
But, the real question is: What happens when our favorite TV shows and movies breath life into a cookbook?
Well, nostalgia kicks in.
If you're ready to reminisce on all those times when your favorite on-screen characters gave you the feels, these 31 cookbooks are just the thing to get you started.
1. True Blood
The TV-inspired cookbook contains 85 authentic bayou country recipes which prove Lafayette's cooking is such a big deal for a reason.
But, the fun doesn't just end there.
The cookbook features an entire section with "Drinks to Die For", helping us satisfy our inner winos with Fangtasia's finest sips.
So, if you're ready to turn your kitchen (or bar cart) into Bon Temps' finest specimen, Sookie Stackhouse -and her squad- are more than glad to be your hosts for the evening.
So, ready to indulge in all those bites worthy of a true... Truebie?
- Sloppy Jason
- Seeing Red Bundt Cake
- Dead on the Beach
2. Orange Is The New Black
Well, whoever said prison food sucks, never had the chance to make a meal out of Litchfield's kitchen.
Between the drug smuggling, power games and plot twists, the ladies in this correctional facility hid many delicious aces up their sleeves, making life behind bars all the more... piquant.
But, besides showering us with a bunch of delicious recipes, "" also features headnotes, pictures, and hacks from the show's characters which make us feel like part of the gang. Orange Is The New Black Presents: The Cookbook
- Red's Chicken Kiev
- Piper's Burrata Sandwich
- Poussey's Hooch
3. Game Of Thrones, Part I
Ready to introduce your palate to Westeros' fine dining? From Dorne's Chickpea Paste to Almond Crusted Trout from King's Landing, "" is a must-have cookbook for every GoT fan. Endorsed by George R. R. Martin himself, this cookbook contains more than 100 recipes from across the Seven Kingdoms which you can cook using the authentic medieval approach when the mood strikes. Broken up into categories based on the different lands of Westeros, you can feast like a king in the North or enjoy a humble meal like a Crow at the Wall. It's up to you! A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook
4. Game Of Thrones, Part II
Labeled as "A book of edible recipes from the Seven Kingdoms," "" is packed with textual and visual references for the show's loyal and witty fans to enjoy. The 21 recipes included in this TV-inspired parody cookbook are easy to follow and come with beautifully illustrated photos for your eyes only. Keep in mind, though, that between White Walker Walnut Whips, The Iron Scone, Tyrion's Shortbread and Daenery's Dragon Eggs, there is one recipe that is an undoubted showstopper; the Red (Velvet) Wedding Cake. Are you up to the challenge? Game of Scones: All Men Must Dine
From Monica's delicious comfort foods (anyone for a bowl of Home Pasta or a slice of Misery Meatloaf!) to the coffee brews from Central Perk, this TV-inspired cookbook is a keeper for any kitchen cabinet. Even if our favorite series is over, we can still enjoy Chandler's funny punchlines and his friends' quotes featured in this well-illustrated cookbook. So, if you are a FRIENDS fan yourself or happen to know anyone around you who is, "Cooking With Friends" is a great way to remember those moments the show's cast cracked a smile on our face through their food frenzy (yes, Ross, it was your sandwich!).
6. Gilmore Girls
What do lots of coffee, comfort food, and a hug-ful of desserts have in common?
Well, if Lorelai's caffeine obsession and Rory's can't-give-up-cheeseburgers vibes sprung to mind, you're in for a treat because "" is here to bring some of that Stars Hollow magic into your kitchen. Eat Like A Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls
Created by a super-fan, the cookbook includes everything that these fast-talking gals have taught us over the years, from combining irrelevant flavors and making a feast out of it to realizing that good food = good mood.
More than that, the Kickstarter sensation features dishes from practically every aspect of the girls' lives, including Luke's diner, Sookie's gourmet-ish kitchen, and Emily's multiple-course dinners.
So, you're bound to find something to satiate your appetite.
- Chicken & Noodle Casserole
- Monte Cristo Sandwich
- Birthday Girl Cocktail, a.k.a. the Rory
7. Mad Men
Well, I don't know if you noticed, but as Don Draper and Roger Sterling went through the (advertising) motions, dozens of retro dishes and cocktails turned that TV of yours into a cooking show of sorts.
And if you did notice, chances are you thought about recreating these vintage bites from the comfort of your millennial kitchen.
The cookbook includes more than 70 recipes that are inspired by the period drama and give you a glimpse of what sixties cooking was all about (FYI, deviled eggs are just the beginning!).
More than that, each recipe comes with a synopsis of the episode it was plucked from, making the read even more interesting.
So, are you ready to go all mad... on this Mad Men cookbook?
- Betty's Swedish Meatballs
- Kitty's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
- Don's Old Fashioned Cocktail
8. Breaking Bad
As each recipe is tied to BB episodes spanning across the show in the most genuine and entertaining way possible, "" is a must-have addition to every Breaking Bad fan's kitchen. This parody cookbook contains original recipes for baking anything from a "Buried Barrel" dessert to "Box-Cutter" donuts and "Heisen (Batten) Burg" cake, all nostalgically reminding you of your favorite teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter and his goofy yet ruthless partner-in-crime Jesse. Finely illustrated, this cookbook is the perfect "fix" for Breaking Bad fans. Baking Bad
9. The Sopranos
Unlike any other cookbook that has crossed our path so far, "" has more than just recipes to bring to the table. Strewn across its pages, this cookbook features a story as narrated by some of the show's characters, including Artie and Charmaine Bucco, Adriana and Carmela among others. On-set photographs, fictitious letters, and other family keepsakes let you in on the Sopranos' family legacy while many mouth-watering Avellinese-style recipes parade before your eyes. If you love food and the Sopranos, then this cookbook is a great place to start. The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie
10. Downton Abbey
Another cookbook inspired by a popular TV show, "" contains more than 150 recipes which not only reflect the social status of the people upstairs but also shed light on the food choices of people downstairs, at least the way the TV show dictates. From Mrs. Crawley's Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches to a Vanilla Rice Pudding recipe, this TV-inspired cookbook sets the food's social and historical context making the recipes all the more enjoyable. The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook
11. The Walking Dead, Part I
Even though a zombie apocalypse is not in the cards in the near future (at least, that's what I hope!), it doesn't hurt to be prepared, right?
The super talented author/chef behind this masterpiece, Lauren Wilson, gives us a glimpse of what an authentic post-apocalyptic menu looks like, and boy is she accurate!
But, that's not all.
Besides providing us with ready-to-cook-in-case-of-a-zombie-apocalypse recipes, the cookbook proves that creativity and quick wits are also crucial to survival.
So, between the countless tips on how to cook while in the great outdoors and learning how to preserve food, the cookbook is more of a survival guide for real-life situations.
In other words, the book isn't just a fit for folks who love the show but also preppers and campers with a taste for the gourmet.
PS: Maggie's Forkless Apple Pies are to die for.
- Homemade S'Getti Rings
- Maggie's Forkless Apple Pies
- Honey Mead Hot Toddy
12. The Walking Dead, Part II
Famous for its flesh-eating zombies, the TV show "The Walking Dead" is making waves for its raw effects, plot twists, and post-apocalyptic theme. Inspired by the show's theme, "" is a cookbook that narrates the story of Pam Beaumont who is stuck in a post-apocalyptic world. Along with her wild sense of humor, she packs 50 dangerously delicious recipes to help her get through the famine. The Snacking Dead
Accompanied by killer (got it?) photos, this cookbook introduces us to some of the tastiest bites through Pam's perspective. Between Sweetish Meatballs, Cold-Blooded Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Elbows Casserole, Pam snacks her way through the post-apocalyptic zombie chaos as she fights the dead and feeds the living.
13. The Walking Dead, Part III
It's official! From the moment "" hit the shelves, our #WalkingDead addiction has reached a whole new level of weird. Chock full of post-apocalyptic recipes, this parody cookbook, pays a great tribute to the popular TV show while reminding us of our favorite characters through every single bite. From Carol's Tough Nut Cookies to Rick's Ribs, get ready for a pun-tastic experience with a touch of a zombie apocalypse. The Walking Bread
14. Modern Family
Remotes down, spatulas up, Modern Family fans! Joining the ranks of numerous successful TV-inspired cookbooks, "" fleshes out some of the show's yummiest lines solely devoted to food. Rating anywhere from basic and easy to complex, the cookbook's 100 mouthwatering recipes are named after the show's characters and somewhat represent their status in the modern family pattern. As you flip the pages, eye-catching photos steal your attention while humorous sidebars remind why this show always brings a smile to your face. Ready to feast on Gloria's Carnitas al Diablo or perhaps want a bit of Cam and Mitchell's Parmesan Baked Chicken? The Modern Family Cookbook
15. Desperate Housewives
Even though the five housewives of Wisteria Lane are far from traditional, they still know to work their way around in the kitchen. As the main narrators of "", Susan, Lynette, Bree, Edie and Gabrielle tie their individual characteristics to some of the tastiest bites of Wisteria Lane. Presented upon glossy pages, each chapter is devoted to one of the characters while introducing a bonus chapter wrapped around the neighbors of Wisteria Lane. From Bree's fancy dinners and Susan's skill-challenging meals to Edie's seductive bites, this cookbook is grouped by style offering solutions for any occasion. The Desperate Housewives Cookbook
16. Blue Bloods
If you've ever joined the Reagans on the popular TV show, then you probably know all about their family dinners. As each episode wraps up around a family dinner table full of goodies, a cookbook was bound to be born at some point. "" packs more than 100 recipes served with amazing photos and seasoned with behind-the-scenes snippets. From a Crown Roast of Lamb to Jillie Selleck's Shepherd Pie, this TV-inspired cookbook is a welcome addition to every family-oriented kitchen. The Blue Bloods Cookbook
What if we told you that you could "HANNIBALIZE" your table? From the exotic flavors, he chooses to savor to the eccentric ways he presents his dishes, Hannibal Lecter, and his show is the inspiration behind this gourmet cookbook. Unlike most cookbooks, "" fixates upon gourmet bites rather than everyday recipes. However, what is extremely surprising is that no matter how complicated the cooking steps are and expensive the ingredient list is, every single one of this cookbook's dishes makes sense. Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur's Cookbook
In fact, the author of this book, Janice Poon, is the one that often prepared the meals that Hannibal and his guests ate onscreen. Based on her insider knowledge, this pioneer food artist serves her 150 Hannibal-inspired recipes garnished with beautiful shots and one-of-a-kind sketches in the form of a cookbook. Ready to dine on a snack tray of Prosciutto Roses or may we interest you in some Pomegranate Chevre?
18. Doctor Who
Featuring 40 nerdy yet tasty Whovian recipes, "" is the ideal way for the TV show's fans to take their obsession out of the living room and into the kitchen. Between the Gingerbread TARDIS, the Cassandra Pizza, and the Ood Head Bread, the TV-inspired cookbook contains various recipes which offer timey-wimey snacks for your next Whovian get-together. Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook
No matter if you are a baking whizz or not, these 40 wacky recipes come with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions easing your way into Whovian meals, snacks, and cakes. The cookbook is also sprinkled with stills from the show as well as quotes and food references directly from Doctor Who's Universe making the read all the more enjoyable.
If there is one TV show that's obsessed with food, that is Portlandia. Even though the show is a bonafide satire, the 50 recipes featured in "" are no joke. In fact, this TV-inspired cookbook reflects the dynamic food culture of Portland ranging from simple backyard home-grown food to communal meals, old school or new wave cooking and breweries. The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like A Local
The recipes are the brainchildren of various chefs, home cooks, and restaurants based in Portland adding an authentic touch to the endeavor. The Portlandia-inspired cookbook also features photos and funny sidebars from your favorite food-obsessed characters making it a fun read rather than another ornament in your bookshelf. So, no matter if you are a food truck diehard or have embraced the life of a freegan, there is no other cookbook to inspire your inner chef that much.
20. Bob's Burgers
Following in the footsteps of the fan-created blog "The Bob's Burger Experiment, "" features 75 recipes taken straight out of the show's Burger of the Day background chalkboard. From the Sweaty Palms Burger (don't let the title put you off, it tastes amazing) to If Looks Could Kale Burger, this cookbook introduces you to the funny side of cooking burgers as seen through the eyes of the Belcher family. With a solid sense of humor and a unique approach to cookbook writing using nothing but sketches, this TV-inspired cookbook can be a great addition to your kitchen pantry. The Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers
21. SpongeBob Squarepants
Even though this cookbook is designed to satisfy your kid's tummy and get it involved in the kitchen, "" features more than 50 engaging recipes, from Banana Dog - a sweet and nutritious twist on our favorite hot dog – to Bubble Tea. Through the unique and entertaining commentary of Perch Perkins, Bikini Bottom's news anchor, you and your kids follow Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Sandy as they cook their way to victory and share with you personal favorite recipes. In genuine Spongebob fashion, this TV-inspired cookbook is ideal for parents who want to know their children are eating right, but also secretly love Spongebob's goofy attitude. Spongebob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook
22. Hell's Kitchen
Seasoned with lots of chef-esteemed (ha!) hacks and tips, this cookbook is inspired by the popular TV show Hell's Kitchen featuring our favorite chef Gordon Ramsay. With more than 100 recipes in its pages, "" gives you the tools to recreate the dishes featured in your favorite cooking show. Even though some of the contestants' signature dishes are somewhat challenging at times, the final result is deliciously rewarding. From the Beef Wellington with Blackberry Sauce to Caramel-Filled Chocolate Molten Cakes, you need to welcome Hell's Kitchen restaurant-worthy recipes to your home. The Hell's Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes From The Kitchen
23. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
If we had it our way, every day would be pizza day! So, in a way, our beloved ninja-trained, human-like turtles got that right. And being the experts they are when it comes to pizza, it's no wonder is here to show us how the enjoy everyone's favorite late-night treat the tastiest way possible. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cookbook
Featuring 65 exciting recipes straight from the turtles' sewers, we can get our hands on anything from a classic New York Style Pepperoni to the off-beat version of ham and pineapple pizza, a.k.a. the "Sewer Surfer".
Ready to TMNT-ize your pizza evenings with a little help from Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo?
24. Young & Hungry
You know you are in good hands when the words "delicious life" are used in a cookbook's title. Following the sassy but charming attitude of a food-obsessed city girl, Gabi, "" features more than just finger-licking recipes. Young & Hungry: Your Complete Guide to a Delicious Life
Gabi also lets us in on what life is like as an aspiring food blogger. Between her insightful health/cooking tips and an awful lot of entertaining bits with a little romance on the side, this TV-inspired cookbook is a girl's complete guide to being single and young, but with a flair for #brokegourmet goodies.
25. Fifty Shades of Grey, Part I
Unaware of what the future holds for our beloved Miss Chicken, this parody cookbook lets us in on an emotional journey between a dominating chef and his chicken creating a kinky food love story with a dash of humor. Between pulling, stuffing, jerking and trussing, our innocent Miss Chicken is drawn like a moth to the flame by the chef's dominant cooking appetite and gives in the ecstasy of becoming the main course.
"The Novice Bird" which includes easy recipes for cooking a chicken.
"Falling To Pieces" which focuses on chicken recipes ideal for the weekend
"Advance Techniques" which climaxes the chicken cooking process.
Discover the vulgar side of cooking chicken with recipes such as Holy Hell Wings, Bacon-Bound Chicken, Mustard-Spanked Chicken, Vanilla Chicken and much more. And if you are feeling a tad more adventurous, check out the bedroom-voiced trailer in which the narrator gives us a sneak peek of what hides between those cookbook pages.
26. Fifty Shades of Grey, Part II
Taking in place in Hamastasia Pink's kitchen/dungeon, "" is the only cookbook out there capable of taming your bacon obsession. The mere scent of sizzling bacon is enough to make us jolt out of bed. Now imagine what the scents of Bacon Meatloaf, Bacon Ice Cream, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp or Bacon Cupcake Martini can do. Delicious, huh? Indulge in the naughty side of eating bacon and reward yourself with a splurge day using this cookbook's recipes as your guide. Fifty Shades of Bacon
27. Harry Potter
With more than 150 easy as a breeze recipes, we are bound to enjoy some of Hogwart's best dishes. Inspired by one of the most popular movies of the last decade, "" is divided into ten chapters. Between "Breakfast before Class", "Desserts and Snacks at School" and "Delights Down the Alley", Harry Potter fans are bound to come across some of the numerous dishes mentioned in the books. Peppered through the pages, we run into engaging information about the recipes' history as well as blurbs letting us know which part each recipe was plucked from. Ready to munch on Petunia's Pudding? The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Even though cookbooks are the least likely to create a buzz, it seems that "" hit the spot. Known for polarizing readers, this movie-inspired cookbook has received both positive and negative reviews leaving fans confused. However, this cookbook contains numerous recipes which may pique your interest and taste buds alike. Cocktails such as Blushing Bella and dishes known as Bat Chips are worth the shot. Love At First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook
29. Hunger Games
From exploring the peasant-like food of the districts to the gourmet cuisine of the Capitol and the bites during the games, the 187 recipes in this cookbook have something for every taste. The dishes in "Unofficial Recipes Of Hunger Games" convey a post-apocalyptic flair without taking a toll on flavor. Tame your hunger with Peeta's Burnt Raisin Bread, Katniss's creamy roasted soup and Hazelle's authentic Beaver Stew (don't let the title scare you away!).
30. Star Wars
Although this cookbook is a little outdated (it was published 1998), there is still some magic lying around its pages that urges Star Wars fans who love food to give it a shot. Sure, thousands Star Wars-themed snacks are just a Google search away, but nothing compares to the pun-tastic (ha!) recipe titles with Wookie Cookies and Boba Fett-uccine being just the tip of the iceberg. No matter your age, "The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes" includes that no Rebel can resist to.
31. World Of Warcraft
Where can I buy canned haggis? If you are a genuine World of Warcraft fan, you have probably Googled this phrase more times than you can count. But, with the new "" coming up, we are going to google those words more often than we already do. This cookbook's take on classic Azerothian food and drinks give us the opportunity to recreate our favorite dishes in our kitchen, no Cooking skill of 525 needed (pun intended!). Whether you are in the mood for some Honey-Spiced Lichen, Rylak Claws or a cup of Cherry Grog, this cookbook should be your only go-to option. World of Warcraft: Official Cookbook
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