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30 Cookbooks Inspired by Popular TV Shows and Movies

Updated on April 4, 2017
30 Cookbooks Inspired by Popular TV Shows and Movies
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Even though Google and Pinterest are the absolute go-to places for scouting the yummiest recipes these days, there is still something comforting about flipping the pages of a well-illustrated cookbook. From a simple marinara sauce to a sophisticated ratatouille sandwich, cookbooks are home to some of the most eye-catching photos of the dishes included as well as tricks, tips, and stories that can change the way we think about food.

But, what happens when our favorite TV shows and movies breath life into a cookbook? Between the nostalgic bites of our favorite TV show characters and the playful titles to introduce a dish or a cocktail (how about a Dead On The Beach by True Blood's Eric Northman?), the following 30 cookbooks prove that our favorite TV shows and movies can do a lot more other than nail us on the couch.

TV SHOWS

1. True Blood

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Sprinkled with more than 150 scene photos as well as quotes from the actual characters, "True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites From Bon Temps" is a cookbook that every True Blood fan needs to own. The 85 authentic bayou country recipes found in this TV-inspired cookbook give you an inside peak of Fangtasia's cocktail menu, but also invite you to indulge in some of Lafayette's sassiest recipes as served in Merlotte's Bar and Grill. So, let Sookie Stackhouse be your hostess for the evening (or afternoon, for that matter) as you whisk up a Jason Burger (among others) the way only a dedicated Truebie would.



2. Orange Is The New Black

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Who said prison food sucks? Aside from the drug smuggling, power games and plot twists, the kitchen at Litchfield Penitentiary comes with many delicious perks. Between Red's famous chicken Kiev, Miss Claudette's Coconut Cake, Poussey's Hooch and Taystee's Sweet and Hot Chicken Wings, this prison kitchen has many cooking tricks up its sleeve. "Orange Is The New Black Presents: The Cookbook" also features recipe headnotes from the show's characters as well sidebars with their personal thoughts, pictures, and hacks which bring a little piece of Litchfield into our kitchen.



3. Game Of Thrones, Part I

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Ready to introduce your palate to Westeros' fine dining (and not only)? From Dorne's Chickpea Paste to Almond Crusted Trout from King's Landing and much more, "A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook" 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.



4. Game Of Thrones, Part II

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Labeled as "A book of edible recipes from the Seven Kingdoms", "Game of Scones: All Men Must Dine" is packed with textual and visual references for the show's fans. The 21 recipes included in this TV-inspired parody cookbook are easy to follow and come with beautifully illustrated photos of the recipes. 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 a clear show stopper; the Red (Velvet) Wedding Cake. Are you up to the challenge?




5. Friends

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Between Monica's delicious comfort foods (think Stay at Home Pasta and Misery Meatloaf!) and the coffee brews from Central Perk, this TV-inspired cookbook is a true 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

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What do lots of coffee, macaroni and cheese and rocky road cookies have in common? You got it! Lorelai and Rory can't get enough of these delicious goodies. If anything, Gilmore Girls have taught their fans (myself included) everything they know about unique food combos and non-stop food binging. So, a cookbook inspired by the popular TV show can't be anything but exciting and fun as you browse through dishes worked up by Luke's diner menu, Sookie's innovative food inspirations and Emily's elegant multiple-course meals. So, eat like a Gilmore with "Eat Like A Gilmore!"



7. Mad Men

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From the Old Fashioned Cocktail Don Draper so dearly enjoyed to a favorite dessert recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake from the sixties, "The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside The Kitchens, Bars, And Restaurants of Mad Men" will give you one more reason to fall in love with this TV show all over again. As the characters went through the (advertising) motions, various dishes and cocktails paraded through our TVs and added to the show's 1960s flair. Every recipe comes with a synopsis of the episode it was plucked from, making the read even more exciting. So, if you are a fan of the retro TV show, this cookbook deserves its place in your kitchen.

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8. Breaking Bad

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As each recipe is tied to BB episodes spanning across the show in the most genuine and entertaining way possible, "Baking Bad" 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.





9. The Sopranos

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Unlike any other cookbook that has crossed our path so far, "The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie" 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.



10. Downton Abbey

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Another cookbook inspired by a popular TV show, "The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook" 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.




11. The Walking Dead, Part I

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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, "The Snacking Dead" 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.

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.



12. The Walking Dead, Part II

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It's official! From the moment "The Walking Bread" 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.





13. Modern Family

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Remotes down, spatulas up, Modern Family fans! Joining the ranks of numerous successful TV-inspired cookbooks, "The Modern Family Cookbook" 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?


14. Desperate Housewives

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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 "The Desperate Housewives Cookbook", 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.



15. Blue Bloods

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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. "The Blue Bloods Cookbook" 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.




16. Hannibal

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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, "Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur's Cookbook" 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.

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?



17. Doctor Who

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Featuring 40 nerdy yet tasty Whovian recipes, "Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook" 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.

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.



18. Portlandia

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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 "The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like A Local" 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 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.



19. Bob's Burgers

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Following in the footsteps of the fan-created blog "The Bob's Burger Experiment, "The Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers" 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.



20. SpongeBob Squarepants

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Even though this cookbook is designed to satisfy your kid's tummy and get it involved in the kitchen, "Spongebob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook" 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.



21. Hell's Kitchen

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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, "The Hell's Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes From The Kitchen" 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.



22. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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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 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cookbook is here to show us how the enjoy everyone's favorite late-night treat the tastiest way possible.

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?



23. Young & Hungry

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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.

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.



MOVIES

24. Fifty Shades of Grey, Part I

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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.

"Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody In A Cookbook" features three parts:

  • "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.

Fifty Shades of Chicken Book Trailer

25. Fifty Shades of Grey, Part II

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Taking in place in Hamastasia Pink's kitchen/dungeon, "Fifty Shades of Bacon" 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.



26. Harry Potter

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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, "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook" 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 now and then 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?



27. Twilight

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Even though cookbooks are the least likely to create a buzz, it seems that "Love At First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook" 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.







28. Hunger Games

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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!).





29. Star Wars

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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.



30. World Of Warcraft

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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 "World of Warcraft: Official Cookbook" 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.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months 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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      Kyriaki Chatzi 4 months 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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      FlourishAnyway 4 months 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.

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 4 months 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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      Kylie_J 4 months 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!

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 4 months 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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      Karin 4 months ago

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

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 4 months ago

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

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