30 Cookbooks Inspired by Popular TV Shows and Movies

Updated on May 17, 2020
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With a Bachelor's degree in Primary Education and a deep love for cooking, Kyriaki spends her time between the classroom and her kitchen.

While Google and Pinterest are "home" to some of the yummiest recipes these days, nothing is more comforting than flipping the pages of a well-illustrated cookbook.

But, 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 that your favorite on-screen characters gave you the feels, these 30 cookbooks are just the thing to get you started.

Bon appetit!


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1. Supernatural

Even though Food and Wine once dubbed the show as a "tribute to junk food," real Supernatural fans know that Sam and Dean Winchester are more like road trip gourmands.

The demon-slaying duo has downed its fair share of diner meals over the years - which is why their tie-in cookbook, Supernatural: The Official Cookbook, has all the (street food) fixins.

Burgers, pizza, potatoes cooked in all ways, shapes, or forms, and -of course- pies parade before your eyes as dozens of beautiful photos and quotes from the show fill you in on the dish's background.

A quick disclaimer, though: Since the Winchesters are known for getting their show on the road, most of the recipes in this book are healthy-ish, at best. So, don't expect them to be super-duper "clean" or something like that.

Get this book if you:

  • are a diner food enthusiast (but wouldn't mind cutting back on the grease), or
  • like the Winchesters, love pies, burgers, and fries.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Garth's Roadhouse Potatoes
  • Sweet Cherry Pie
  • Gary's Banana Daquiri

True Blood
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2. True Blood

Sprinkled with more than 150 scene photos and quotes from the actual characters, True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites From Bon Temps is a cookbook that every Truebie should own.

The TV-inspired cookbook contains 85 authentic bayou country recipes, which prove Lafayette's cooking is a big deal for a reason.

But, the fun doesn't end there.

The cookbook also features an entire section with "Drinks to Die For," introducing you to Fangtasia's finest sips.

So, if you're ready to get a taste of Bon Temp's cuisine, Sookie Stackhouse—and her squad—would happily be your hosts for the evening.

Get this book if you:

  • love the Southern cuisine (and its spices), or
  • want to taste some new, exciting cocktails.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Brujo Burger
  • Holy Hoecakes
  • True Death Cocktail

Orange Is the New Black
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3. Orange Is the New Black

Whoever said prison food sucks never had the chance to make a meal out of Litchfield's kitchen.

Between the power struggles, secret meetings, and back-stabbing, the ladies in this penitentiary also hid many delicious aces up their sleeves, making life behind bars all the more piquant.

The book also features several photos, quotes, and life hacks straight out of the show that make you feel like part of the gang.

Get this book if you:

  • heart simple recipes with tons of flavor, or
  • hate to spend long hours in the kitchen.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Red's Chicken Kiev
  • Gloria's Chunky Oatmeal
  • Poussey's Hooch

Game of Thrones
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4. Game of Thrones

Endorsed by George R. R. Martin himself, A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook contains more than 100 recipes from across the Seven Kingdoms.

The book is broken up into categories based on the different lands of Westeros, which means you can either feast like a king in the North or enjoy a humble meal like a Crow at the Wall. It's totally up to you!

The writers also made sure you know how to stock your medieval pantry by dedicating an entire section to the topic.

And if you feel like it, you can even serve the food Westeros-style by following the styling tips at the end of the book.

And this is the part where I start to wonder: When did cookbooks get to be so cool?!

Get this book if you:

  • want to see what people ate during the Dark Ages,
  • saw those lush feasts on GoT and wanted to take a bite of everything, or
  • are planning to throw a themed party in the near future.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Almond-Crusted Trout from King's Landing
  • Applecakes from The North
  • Mulled Wine from The Wall

If you liked this cookbook, you may also enjoy:

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5. Friends

Friends may be over for more than 15 years now, but the series's pizzazz is still with us to this day. And if you don't believe me, check out this TV cookbook.

Filled with several recipes inspired by our favorite group of 20-somethings, Cooking with Friends is the perfect throwback to Monica's cozy meals, Joey's obsession with food, and the gang's regular hang-outs at Central Perk.

And yes, I know Joey doesn't share food, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't, too, as the recipes in this book are super easy and total crowd-pleasers.

In fact, most of them call for some pretty basic ingredients, which is why the book would be a valuable asset to any and every college graduate out there.

Get this book if you:

  • often cook for/with friends (duh!), or
  • prefer to use simple, everyday ingredients.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Monica's Misery Meatloaf
  • Phoebe's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • Nana's Cinnamon-Scented Coffee

If you liked this cookbook, you may also enjoy:

Gilmore Girls
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6. Gilmore Girls

What do lots of coffee, comfort food, and a hug-ful of desserts have in common?

If Lorelai's caffeine addiction and Rory's love for Twinkies sprung to mind, Eat Like A Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls is here to bring some of that Stars Hollow magic into your kitchen.

Created by a super-fan, the cookbook includes everything that these fast-talking gals have taught us over the years, from combining sweet with salty to realizing that good food = good mood.

The book also covers every aspect of the girls' lives, from Luke's Diner to Sookie's gourmet-ish kitchen to Emily's multiple-course dinners.

So, you're bound to find something in there that appeals to your palate and level of appetite.

Get this book if you:

  • love the show, or
  • always wanted to eat like a Gilmore!

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Cajun Eggs Benedict
  • Monte Cristo Sandwich
  • The Birthday Girl Cocktail, a.k.a. The Rory

If you liked this cookbook, you may also enjoy:

Mad Men
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7. Mad Men

Don't know if you noticed, but as Don Draper and Roger Sterling went through the (advertising) motions, dozens of retro dishes and cocktails paraded in front of our eyes, turning the series into a cooking show of sorts.

And if you did notice, chances are you thought of recreating some of these vintage dishes from the comfort of your millennial (or Gen Z) kitchen.

So, surprise!

With more than 70 recipes reflecting the sixties flair, the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook is here to take you on a trip down history using your palate as the compass.

FYI, deviled eggs are just the beginning!

Get this book if you:

  • are smitten with everything from the 60s,
  • want to throw the most epic cocktail parties, or
  • would love to see how people used to eat back in the day.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Connie's Waldorf Salad
  • Kitty's Upside-Down Pineapple Cake
  • Bacardi Rum Frappe

Breaking Bad
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8. Breaking Bad

Penned by a mysterious baker who goes by the name Walter Wheat, Baking Bad: A Parody in a Cookbook is the spoof cookbook that was missing from your collection.

Boasting several "criminally delicious" recipes inspired by our favorite teacher-turned-drug-lord, Walter, and his ruthless partner-in-crime, Jesse, the TV cookbook pays homage to all those times these two kept us company.

And don't worry! Even though the recipes look shady AF, they are "98% pure and 100% edible." So, you can put your gas mas away... for now.

Get this book if you:

  • want to get your Breaking Bad "fix" now that the show's over,
  • have zero time to meth around with complicated baking recipes, or
  • want to take your baking skills to the next level.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Heisen(Batten)Burg Cake
  • Saul's Kosher Dog
  • Skyler's Late-Night Dip

The Sopranos
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9. The Sopranos

Narrated by one of the show's main characters, restauranteur Artie Bucco, The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie has more than just recipes to bring to the table.

A head chef at Nuovo Vesuvio and childhood friend to Tony Soprano, Artie chronicles the story of the clan through the 100 Italian-American recipes he compiled over the years.

With a little help from his friends (Adriana, Carmela and Charmaine), he also shares his top tips for cooking, grilling, and hosting the perfect family dinner.

The on-set photographs, fictitious letters, and other family keepsakes also give you an inside view on the Sopranos' family legacy, proving that home-cooked food and traditions have so much in common.

Get this book if you:

  • have a soft spot for the Italian cuisine, or
  • want to (slightly) healthify your dinners.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Fettucine Primavera
  • Ricotta Pineapple Cake
  • Giambotta (Vegetable Stew)

If you liked this cookbook, you may also enjoy:

Downton Abbey
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10. Downton Abbey

Another cookbook inspired by a popular TV show, The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook features more than 100 recipes straight out of the cookery of the Crawley household.

Unlike many of the TV cookbooks we've seen so far, this one provides a social and historical context around each recipe by featuring sidenotes on the customs of the dish, scene stills, and quotes from the actual show.

So, the book doesn't just share a bunch of recipes; it also reflects the social status of the era, from the dining habits of the people upstairs to the potlucks of the people downstairs.

Get this book if you want to:

  • cook fancy dinners,
  • get a glimpse of the dining during the Victorian/Edwardian era, or
  • host a high tea party/dinner.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Oysters Au Gratin
  • Salmon Mousse
  • Jam & Custard Tarts

If you liked this cookbook, you may also enjoy:

The Walking Dead
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11. The Walking Dead

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?

Offering us a glimpse of what an authentic post-apocalyptic menu looks (and tastes) like, Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide is not your average cookbook.

Besides its cook-in-case-of-a-zombie-apocalypse recipes, the guide also includes tips on how to cook sans stove and preserve the food, which means it also doubles as a survival guide for real-life situations.

Get this book now if you are:

  • obsessed with the show, or
  • a prepper/camper with a taste for the gourmet.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Homemade S'Getti Rings
  • Maggie's Forkless Apple Pies
  • Honey Mead Hot Toddy

If you liked this cookbook, you may also enjoy:

Modern Family
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12. Modern Family

Fleshing out some of the show's yummiest dishes, The Modern Family Cookbook isn't just another TV-inspired cookbook.

The paperback is actually a lifestyle guide of sorts as it mixes cooking with heaps of colorful photos, humorous sidebars, and several mix-and-match menus, specially designed to accommodate any occasion in a modern family's life.

The book's 100 recipes, however, are the ultimate show-stopper as they are named after each character and taste frigging phenomenal.

And if you're wondering, yes, their difficulty ranges anywhere from easy and simple to complicated and gourmet, depending on when and to whom you want to serve them.

Get this book if you:

  • have a family that's sick of eating the same things week after week, or
  • would like to cook something fancy but family-friendly once in a while.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Gloria's Carnitas al Diablo
  • Manny's Tiramisu
  • Phil's Killer Margs

Outlander | Source

13. Outlander

From postwar Britain to 18th-century Scotland, Claire’s time-traveling journey has been fascinating fans since the moment the novels were released.

But, during the past few years that the story made it onto our screens, Outlander has become more popular than ever.

The show has garnered such a strong, cult-ish following that it didn't take long for a fan (and professional chef), named Theresa Carle-Sanders, to create the Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook.

The cookbook was so well-researched and spot-on that even the author of the novels, Diana Gabaldon, gave it a thumbs-up long before it was published.

Get this book if you:

  • are not afraid of cooking intricate dishes,
  • want to travel your palate through the centuries, or
  • simply love the show.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Slow-Cooked Chicken Frikasee
  • Fiona's Cinnamon Scones
  • Cherry Bounce

If you liked this cookbook, you may also enjoy:

Desperate Housewives
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14. Desperate Housewives

Just because Susan, Lynette, Bree, and Gabrielle are a far cry from traditional housewives everywhere, it doesn't mean they don't know their way around a kitchen.

As the main narrators of The Desperate Housewives Cookbook, the four women in Wisteria Lane (along with Edie) share their favorite, go-to recipes, which are 100% influenced by their unique characters and all-too-different lifestyles.

As a result, you get to limbo between Bree's elegant, impressive dinners and Lynette's quick, everyday dishes—which makes the cookbook all the more entertaining.

Get this book if you are:

  • a fan of both gourmet and casual fare, or
  • on the lookout for easy yet uber-tasty recipes.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Susan's Chipotle-Glazed Chicken Wings
  • Susan's Chocolate Butterscotch Bars
  • Gabrielle's Mexican Hot Chocolate

Blue Bloods
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15. Blue Bloods

If you've ever joined the Reagans on the popular TV show, Blood Bloods, then you know all about their cozy family dinners.

The police drama is known for closing each episode with the family gathered around a dinner table full of goodies.

With that in mind, a cookbook was bound to spawn at some point.

So, a star from the original cast, Bridget Moynahan, took it upon herself to create The Blue Bloods Cookbook, sharing with fans more than 100 Irish/Italian recipes that are part of the Reagan family ritual.

She also made sure the book was "served" with amazing photos on the side and "seasoned" with behind-the-scenes snippets, which make the fans feel like part of the family.

Get this book if you:

  • looking for great family-friendly recipes to please everyone on weekends and holidays,
  • prefer classic Irish/Italian flavors (no modern twists, whatsoever), or
  • want to dine like a Reagan!

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Jillie Selleck's Shepherd Pie
  • Cheesecakey Pumpkin Pie
  • Green Gazpacho Smoothie

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16. Hannibal

From his obsession with exotic flavors to the eccentric ways he chooses to style his dishes, Hannibal Lecter always had a rep for being an upscale... gourmand.

That's why Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur's Cookbook isn't just a cookbook; but more of an ode to the character's love for high-society dining.

And if you're wondering how one person can come up with such bizarre (yet mesmerizing) dishes, well, fun fact.

The author behind this book, a food artist named Janice Poon, is the one who actually prepped the dishes that on-screen Hannibal used to indulge in.

So, based on her inside knowledge, the stylist created 150 Hannibal-inspired recipes and "garnished" them with beautiful shots and sketches from the show.

Get this book if you:

  • are a hopeless fannibal (ha!),
  • are ready to challenge yourself cooking-wise, or
  • want to host the creepiest Halloween party ever.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Vegetarian Pumpkin Lasagna al Dentures
  • Pomegranate Chevre
  • Blood Orange Treviso Salad

Doctor Who
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17. Doctor Who

Inspired entirely by the same-titled show, Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook is, by far, the coolest way to take your obsession for the show out of the living room and into the kitchen.

The TV-inspired cookbook is "seasoned" with 40 nerdy recipes that are bound to turn your Whovian get-togethers into an adventure of sorts.

And yes, I know that the recipes look a bit complicated. After all, who knows how to make TARDIS-looking gingerbread?

But, thanks to the book's cut-and-fold templates and step-by-step instructions, you don't need to be a baking whiz to nail these wacky treats. All you have to do is stick to the instructions and the rest will follow!

The cookbook also features stills from the show as well as quotes/food references from Doctor Who's Universe, making the read all the more magical and interesting for real fans.

Get this book if you:

  • you like funny-shaped food, or
  • have a thing for anything Whovian.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Ood Head Bread
  • Cybermelts
  • Time Rotor Sodas

Portlandia | Source

18. Portlandia

OK, I get it: Portlandia is a bonafide satire! But, go through any episode, and you'll see that the show is positively obsessed with food.

That's actually why I wasn't surprised when The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local hit the shelves. What did surprise me, though, was the diligent structure of the content.

The TV-inspired cookbook reflects perfectly the powerful food culture of Portland, which embraces everything, from home-grown veggies and communal meals to old-school breweries and new-wave eateries.

So, no matter if you are a truck food die-hard or have embraced the life of a freegan, the book will definitely have something to tame your hunger.

And here comes the best part: The recipes in this cookbook are the brainchildren of various chefs, home cooks, and restaurants based in Portland, which gives an authentic touch to the endeavor.

The paperback also features photos and funny sidebars from your favorite characters since humor was always Portlandia's strong suit.

Get this book if you:

  • prefer smart-mouth authorship than bland blocks of texts, or
  • want a taste of Portland's finest bites.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Baked Manchego-Filled Dates
  • Lavender Shortbread Cookies
  • Two-Banana Daquiri

Bob's Burgers
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19. Bob's Burgers

Following in on the footsteps of the fan-created blog "The Bob's Burger Experiment," The Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers introduces you to the funny side of cooking burgers with a little help from the Belcher family.

The TV-inspired cookbook features 75 recipes taken straight out of the show's Burger of the Day background chalkboard, and are a far cry from the burgers you've tasted so far,

In fact, I should warn you: They carry a strong sense of humor and are presented in a unique way, which relies heavily on sketches (this is actually better than it sounds!).

Get this book if you:

  • inhale burgers every chance you get, or
  • would like to take a break from the local diner's greasy versions.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • If Looks Could Kale Burger
  • Texas Chainsaw Massa-Curd Burger
  • Mission A-Corn-Plished Burger

SpongeBob Squarepants
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20. SpongeBob Squarepants

Even though this cookbook is designed to satisfy your kids' tummies and teach them a thing or two about healthy eating and cooking, Spongebob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook is a book that even adults will fall in love with.

The cookbook features 50 delectable and fun recipes, which are comically presented by Perch Perkins, Bikini Bottom's articulate news anchor.

The correspondent follows Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Sandy as they cook their way to victory and share with you their personal tips and favorite recipes.

Get this book if you:

  • want to teach your children how to eat right, but
  • also secretly love Spongebob's goofy attitude.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Patrick's Pasta Salad
  • Banana Dog
  • Bubble Tea

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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21. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

If Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are good at one thing (besides fighting the bad guys, of course!), it's tracking down the best slice of pizza in town.

So, being the experts they are, it's no wonder The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cookbook is guaranteed to share with you the best pizza recipes you've ever come across.

The book contains 65 exciting recipes straight from the turtles' sewers (don't worry, they are perfectly safe to eat), which means you can either go old-school or get acquainted with some new pizza toppings.

Get this book if you:

  • love to eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner,
  • have tried anything but haven't found a dough/red sauce recipe to top that of your local pizza shop, or
  • want to experiment with your pizza toppings.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • New York-Style Pepperoni Pizza
  • Pizza Ramen Soup
  • Nice Cream Pizza

Young & Hungry
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22. 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, Young & Hungry: Your Complete Guide to a Delicious Life features more than just finger-licking recipes.

The heroine also lets you in on what life is like as an aspiring food blogger and a newbie chef.

So, between her insightful health/cooking tips and an awful lot of entertaining bits (with a side of romance), this TV-inspired cookbook is a girl's complete guide to being single and young, but chockful of #BrokeGourmet spunk.

Get this book if you:

  • just started college and want to learn how to tame your oven (and many other kitchen gadgets, for that matter),
  • want to educate yourself on how to eat healthily without spending a fortune, or
  • dig the whole cooking-for-one phase (because riding solo never hurt anyone).

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Tacos
  • Strawberry Basil Lemonade

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23. Firefly

Even though it graced our screens for a little less than a year, Firefly amassed a cult following from the get-go.

To this day, the TV show has a dedicated fanbase that yearns for more glimpses of the post-apocalyptic 'Verse, which is why the Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook was a welcome surprise.

The innovative cookbook features 70 space-bound recipes themed to the short-lived TV series, proving that protein blocks are just the beginning when it comes to feeding Browncoats.

Specifically, it follows engineer Kaylee as she interacts with Serenity's crew members (and others), asking them to share their favorite recipes.

So, depending on their personality and likings, each character brings something different to the table, creating an ensemble of flavors that's tough to beat.

After all, fighting Reavers and save colonists is hungry work, amirite?

Get this book if you:

  • want to see what extra-terrestrial food tastes like,
  • love the show, but watching it for the gazillionth time doesn't cut it anymore.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Sheperd's Chicken Soup
  • Molasses Taffy Twists
  • Mudder's Milk


Fifty Shades of Grey
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24. Fifty Shades of Grey

Unaware of what the future holds for innocent Miss Chicken, this parody cookbook follows the kinky and, meanwhile, hilarious "love" story between a dominating chef and his chicken.

Between all the pulling, stuffing, jerking, and trussing, the narrator lets us in on Miss Chicken's emotional journey as she closes in like a moth to the flame by the chef's dominant appetite, giving into the ecstasy of becoming his main course for the day.

Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody In A Cookbook is broken up into three parts:

  • "The Novice Bird," which includes easy recipes for the newbie cook.

  • "Falling To Pieces," which focuses on chicken recipes ideal for slightly fancy occasions, a.k.a. the weekend.

  • "Birds Gone Wild," which features advanced prepping techniques and... climaxes the entire process.

Get this book if you want to:

  • discover the vulgar side of cooking chicken, or
  • want to master the art of poultry cooking.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Bacon-Bound Chicken
  • Mustard-Spanked Chicken
  • Hot Bird Cocktail

Harry Potter
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25. Harry Potter

If you always wanted to dine a la Hogwarts or see what the food tastes like in the Weasley household, well, this is your chance.

Inspired by everyone's favorite young wizard (and his friends), The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook contains 150 easy recipes for the wannabe wizard/witch in your life.

The book is divided into ten chapters, which cover every aspect of the hero's life, from the time he spent with his relatives to his train trip to Hogwarts to the treats before class is in session.

Peppered through the pages, you'll also find some exciting info about the dishes' backstory as well as blurbs from the part each recipe was plucked.

Get this book if you:

  • secretly (or openly) want to be like your favorite evil-fighting wizard,
  • always wanted to be a student at Hogwarts or roam down Diagon Alley, or
  • host Harry Potter parties all too often.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Molly's Meat Pies
  • Hermione's Cherry Bakewell Cake
  • Fizzy Sherbet Pouches

Mean Girls
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26. Mean Girls

Penned by Aaron Samuels himself (no joke!), The Burn Cookbook: An Unofficial Unauthorized Cookbook for Mean Girls Fans is—literally—the only cookbook out there that can satisfy your inner plastic.

The book features several recipes, all of which are inspired by key characters in the movie, and which (through their punny titles) throw you back to all those moments when the girls basically created a culture of mean-girl catchphrases.

Being an insider himself, the author also shares a bunch of behind-the-scenes stories along with the recipes, allowing you to revisit the movie, but this time, from an adult-ish, part-of-the-gang angle.

So fetch, right?

Get this book if you:

  • want to lose three pounds Regina-style (kidding, obviously!),
  • always wanted to see what those Swedish nutrition bars tasted like, or
  • are a hardcore Mean Girls fan.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Gretchen's Wieners
  • Boo You Whore-iental Salad
  • The "You Can't Sip With Us" Cocktail

Hunger Games
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27. Hunger Games

Centered around storyline where characters are on a constant quest for something to eat, the Hunger Games trilogy has a unique relationship with food—to say the least.

And that's why The Unofficial Recipes of the Hunger Games cookbook is like no other cookbook that has ever crossed your path.

This paperback features 187 recipes, which reflect perfectly the vast difference between the impoverished districts and the prosperous Capitol.

Since the movie itself is infused with a post-apocalyptic flair, the tribute cookbook is no different, so know that the ingredients used in most recipes aren't your average cart-fillers.

So, let the cooking begin!

Get this book if you want to:

  • recreate the dishes featured in the movies,
  • immerse yourself in the Hunger Games universe, or
  • live a "Day in the Life," but with a Capitol or District 12 touch.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Peeta's Burnt Raisin Bread
  • Katniss's Creamy Roasted Soup
  • Hazelle's Authentic Beaver Stew (don't worry, it's not actually made with beaver meat)

If you liked this cookbook, you may also enjoy:

Star Wars
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28. Star Wars

Although this cookbook is a little outdated (after all, it was published in 1998), trust me when I say, it still has the "Force" with it. And yes, I know: Thousands of Star Wars-themed snacks are just a Google search away.

But, if you flip through the book's pages, you'll discover that nothing can compare to the pun-tastic (ha!) recipe titles and easy-to-follow instructions.

So, no matter your age, The Complete Star Wars Cookbook is the only cookbook that no Rebel can resist to.

Get this book if you:

  • want to eat intergalactic-style,
  • would like to create wow-worthy treats for your fellow Jedis, or
  • can't stand all those hard-to-recreate Star Wars recipes online.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Boba Fett-uccine
  • Wookie Cookies
  • Yoda Soda

If you liked this cookbook, you may also enjoy:


29. Hobbit

Go through any of Tolkien's Hobbit novels, and you'll see that the man was an epicure of sorts.

From setting his characters in food-filled parties to coming up with the "six-meals-a-day" rule (oh, and elevenses), it's obvious that he just loooved food.

So, it didn't come as a surprise when second-generation geek Chris-Rachael Oseland decided to bridge the culinary gap between our world and Middle-Earth with her movie-inspired cookbook, An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery.

Her masterpiece features six different chapters, which circle around each traditional Hobbit meal (breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, supper, and dinner).

Oseland also made sure her recipes accommodate certain dietary needs, including Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, so no fan is left behind.

Get this book if you:

  • want to eat Shire-style,
  • often host Middle-Earth themed parties, or
  • have had it with the historically inaccurate recipes you stumble upon online.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Stewed Hare with Root Vegetables and Herb Dumplings
  • Boxty on the Griddle
  • Poached Pears Stuffed with Frumenty


30. World of Warcraft

If you've ever played WoW (or, at least, watched the movie), you know that food is of paramount importance across the realm of Azeroth.

Everyone, from the plant-loving druids to the meat-devouring orcs, know their way around a tasty dish, and do their best to flaunt it.

That's why cookbook author Chelsea Monroe-Cassel decided to bring all those Horde and Alliance treats to life by creating World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook.

The themed cookbook contains more than 100 recipes inspired by every corner of the realm, from the frozen Northrend to the enchanted Silverpine Forest.

And the best part? Thanks to Cassel's insightful tips, you can adapt the recipes to fit your special dietary needs.

However, note that some of the ingredients are quite eccentric - which means you may need to head to a specialty store to stock up.

Get this book if you want to:

  • dine like a warchief, or
  • revitalize your allies with a typical Azerothian meal.

Must-Try Bites/Sips:

  • Dragonbreath Chili
  • Conjured Mana Strudel
  • Roasted Barley Tea

© 2016 Kyriaki Chatzi


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      We have so many cookbooks in our home along with family recipes. We also print out good sounding ones from the Internet. Will we ever get to try all of them? Probably not, but it is fun trying out new recipes on occasion. Cookbooks do make great gifts for those who love to cook. Perhaps your list will inspire some people to take a look at these that you featured.

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      Peggy Woods 

      20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I had no idea that so many television shows spawned cookbooks. We are Hell's Kitchen and Blue Bloods fans. Both of those cookbooks would be fun to read. Feeding Hannibal...um...no thank you. Ha!

    • Kyriaki Chatzi profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyriaki Chatzi 

      3 years ago

      Hi, Karin. It'd be an excellent addition to your meal repertoire; that's for sure.

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      3 years ago

      My hubby is a Mad Men fan. Now I know I'll get him for Christmas. Thanks!

    • Kyriaki Chatzi profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyriaki Chatzi 

      3 years ago

      Hi, Kylie! Thank you very much for your kind comment! I hope you enjoy the recipes in OITNB cookbook as much as I did! Make sure to give Red's Chicken Kiev a try. You'll love it!

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      3 years ago

      Love the True Blood book, but Orange Is The New Black is the one I am going to go with this holiday.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Kyriaki Chatzi profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyriaki Chatzi 

      3 years ago

      Flourish, honestly, I can't thank you enough! I have been flipping your song articles as well for a long time now, and I assure you I will for as long as you write!! Thank you very much again!

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      3 years ago from USA

      I'm back as promised. I flipped it twice. Once onto a Humor magazine because some of these are quite funny and another onto a Cooking & Food magazine. Hope you get some views out of it. Very cute article.

    • Kyriaki Chatzi profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyriaki Chatzi 

      3 years ago

      Hi, Flourish. Thank you so much for your kind words! 50 Shades of Chicken is also my favorite. And actually, you are right. They could make an excellent holiday gift!

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      3 years ago from USA

      I LOVE this. So many funny cookbooks and just in time for the holiday gift giving season. 50 Shades of Chicken sounded hilarious and delicious. When I get back to my PC I will share this on Flipboard.


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