Saturday, December 08, 2012

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012

This is Part 2 of the short guide to cookbooks for the genre lover in your life (including you). All of these cookbooks are currently available from a variety of sources. Please note that I did not include self-published cookbooks because there are just so many of them. Happy Shopping!

You may find Part 1 here.

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!
25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes
CICO Books, August 1,  2012
Hardcover, 64 pages

Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from the macabre and grotesque to create some really evil-looking cakes that taste divine. Using natural ingredients and edible decorating materials, such as edible lustre dusts, gum paste and glazes, Lily shows you how to turn basic cupcakes into amazingly realistic - and delicious - sculptures, from Eerie Eyeballs to Ghastly Ghouls. For really gory desserts, why not make Dracula's Bite red velvet cupcakes, or some Bleeding Hearts, which are moulded with deep red fondant into human hearts and covered with a cherry 'blood' sauce? You can also go for heavenly Fallen Angel Cakes, made with a divine honey-flavoured icing, or indulgent, truly dark chocolate Devil's Food Cupcakes, with ganache icing and chocolate devil's horns. With 25 brilliant recipes and tips and tricks throughout, this is the perfect introduction into the world of alternative cake decoration.

You may also find A Zombie Ate My Cupcake! with one of these older covers:

And there is a kit:

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!
25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes
CICO Books, July 2011
Hardcover, 64 pages
2 Cookie Cutters and Sculpting Tools

After being banished for so long to the land of the pretty and identical, the domestic and the twee, cupcakes are biting back–like the killer cupcakes you can make with this fantastic cupcake-decorating kit. Including a book of 25 recipes, a coffin cookie cutter, a cross cookie cutter, and two sculpting tools, the kit provides an introduction to making cakes that look weird, ugly, and even grotesque–but that always taste divine! Lily Vanilli shows you how to work with natural ingredients and cake-decorating tools to create amazing edible decorations, such as a cupcake graveyard with gingerbread tombstones. Why not give guests a shock with the revoltingly realistic Marzipan Beetles, or add a crunch to your desserts with the Morbid Meringue Bones, dipped in raspberry blood sauce?

Ghoulish Goodies
Monster Eyeballs, Fudge Fingers, Spidery Cupcakes, and Other Frightful Treats
Storey Publishing, July 15, 2009
Paperback, 160 pages

Scare up some frightful fun! Add a ghoulish thrill to Halloween parties, kids’ birthdays, and horror-movie nights with more than 70 recipes for terrifying treats, wicked brews, and scary savories. The irresistible ickiness of Monster Eyeballs, Swamp Creature Toes, Ghost Lollipops, Wormy Cupcakes, Choco-Bats, Bandaged Fingers, and many more deliciously ghoulish goodies will delight partygoers of all ages.

Zombie Cupcakes
From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses
Andrews McMeel, March 1, 2011
Paperback, 80 pages

Conjuring up her inner George A. Romero, professional cake designer Zilly Rosen focuses her creative attention on crafting a legion of edible undead inside Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses. With a nod to Romero's zombie franchise, Rosen offers instructions for crafting 16 terrifying treats, including:
  • Toxic Bite
  • Zombie Rising
  • Keep an Eye Out
  • Destroy the Brain
and more!

Readers can raise their own macabre multitude of Zombie Cupcakes creations from the undead with an average creation time of less than one hour. Each Zombie Cupcakes design includes a full-color photograph of the zombie creation at hand, as well as an illustrated instructional overview and a convenient sidebar list of every item you will need to complete the cupcake.

Last but not least the Unofficial cookbooks:

The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook
Adams Media, April 18, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

An Epic Culinary Journey to the Heart of Westeros!

Eat like a Lannister. Brew spirits to warm you in the coming winter. Treat guests to exotic sweets and alchemy-inspired cocktails. With this collection of hearty meals inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, it's all possible! Every dish finds its roots in the pages that brought Westeros to life, including:
  • Arbor Red Wine--the finest spirit in the Seven Kingdoms
  • The House of Stark's Venison, Apple, Cheddar Plaits--savory meat pies, fit for any Warden of the North
  • The Imp's Wild Strawberry Fool--a dessert light enough to make Tyrion smile
  • Wilding Grilled Pork Chops with Stir-Grilled Apples--the meal of choice at Craster's Keep
  • Tears of Lys--the concoction of choice for bartenders and assassins alike
Feast your imagination on entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks that will make your fantasies a reality!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Adams Media, September 18, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall.

A proper cuppa tea and rock cakes in Hagrid's 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 Tart--Harry's favorite dessert
  • Molly's Meat Pies--Mrs. Weasley's classic dish
  • Kreacher's French Onion Soup
  • Pumpkin Pasties--a staple on the Hogwarts Express cart
With a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, you'll 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!

(Am I the only person who finds a Hunger Games cookbook a bit ironic? )

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook
Adams Media, December 1, 2011
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

"Here's some advice. Stay alive."--Haymitch Abernathy

When it comes to The Hunger Games, staying alive means finding food any way possible. Katniss and Gale hunt live game, Peeta's family survives on the bread they make, and the inhabitants of the Seam work twelve-hour days for a few handfuls of grain--all while the residents of the Capitol gorge themselves on delicacies and desserts to the heart's desire.

For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including:
  • French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery
  • Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums
  • Rue's Roasted Parsnips
  • Gale's Bone-Pickin' Big Game Soup
  • Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake
If you're starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite!

The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, November 1, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages

Bring the Majesty of Narnia to Your Table!

Have you ever wished you could travel through the wardrobe with Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, simply to taste some of the wondrous food they eat? Ever tried tucking a piece of toffee in the ground, hoping a toffee tree would grow so you could eat sweets for breakfast?

Now you can recreate the delicious meals from Narnia in the comfort of your own home without worrying about the White Witch or epic battles. Menus include more than 150 easy-to-make recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and of course dessert.

Relive the magical and glorious world of Narnia as you cook your way through foods so good you'll think Aslan delivered them himself.
  • Breakfast with Trumpkin the Dwarf — Fire roasted pavenders
  • Tea with Tumnus the Faun-soft — Boiled eggs and sugar-dusted tea cake
  • Snack with the White Witch — Turkish Delight
  • Dinner with the Beavers — Fried trout and homemade sandwich bread
  • Dessert from Father Christmas — Plum pudding and Christmas biscuits

"Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably."—C.S. Lewis

1 comment:

  1. what perfect timing, I was just talking to someone earlier today about fiction inspired cookbooks. The GoT, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter cookbooks look too fun!