Cook Like a Wookiee: 5 Cookbooks From Your Favorite Franchises
Some of the most popular book, movie, and TV show franchises in history have not only entertained us with tales of adventure, they have also given us ideas about what to eat. If you’ve ever wondered what wizards snack on after a quidditch competition, or have craved the cakes that the nobles feast on in the Red Keep, then you may want to check out one of the many cookbooks that have been inspired by franchises such as Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. From the vilest cantinas of a galaxy far, far way, to the coziest Hobbit holes in the Shire, here are five cookbooks filled with recipes collected from some of your favorite movies and television shows.
1. The Star Trek Cookbook
In the Star Trek universe, humans and various alien races live together in peace under the auspices of the United Federation of Planets. And while the Federation’s members may share a basic value system, their dietary preferences can be vastly different. So what can you do to make sure that the Vulcan, Klingon, and Bajoran that you’re having over for dinner can all eat the same meal? Avoid igniting an interstellar incident with The Star Trek Cookbook – your guide to the favorite foods of all the aliens featured in this popular sci-fi franchise.
Written by William J. Birnes and Ethan Phillips (the actor who portrays Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager), The Star Trek Cookbook is full of recipes for easy-to-make dishes that all species will enjoy. With sections featuring the favorite foods of some of the best-known Star Trek characters – such as Captain Kirk and Worf — The Star Trek Cookbook will ensure that all your crew members remain happy and well-fed. Luckily, you don’t have to undertake a five-year mission to get your hands on this essential cooking guide – you can find The Star Trek Cookbook right here.
2. A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook
George R. R. Martin’s bestselling novels and the highly popular HBO series of the same name have made Game of Thrones a cult favorite among fans of fantasy. And while you may never be able to sit on the Iron Throne or ride a dragon, that doesn’t mean you still can’t feast like a noble. This officially licensed Game of Thrones cookbook will show you how to cook many of the delicious dishes that have been featured in this popular franchise.
A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook covers all types of dishes, from the rustic “Breakfast on the Wall,” to the sumptuous “Iced Blueberries in Sweet Cream.” This well-researched cookbook includes modern interpretations of these medieval dishes, as well as the original versions that inspired them. A must-have item for any hardcore fan of Game of Thrones, it even includes an introduction written by George R. R. Martin himself. You can find A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook here.
3. An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery
Hobbits, the diminutive heroes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, are known for many things: Their large hairy feet, their fondness for good stories, and, of course, their love of eating. Although this Hobbit cookbook is not an officially licensed product from the LOTR franchise, the author is clearly a serious fan who has done her research.
Each chapter is dedicated to one of the seven daily traditional Hobbit meals: Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Supper, and Dinner. As an added bonus, the cookbook also features recipes for Hobbits with dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and more. You can find An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery here.
4. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory–More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards
Although it’s been 14 years since the release of the last Harry Potter movie, there has recently been renewed interest in this franchise following the news that a spinoff movie titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be landing in theaters on November 18, 2016. And there’s no better way to prepare for the next wizarding adventure than with a Harry Potter cookbook featuring over 150 recipes inspired by dishes that appeared in the series.
Bring some of the magic of Harry Potter into your kitchen with dishes like Molly’s Meat Pies (Mrs. Weasley’s classic dish) and Hogwarts’ famous Pumpkin Pasties. And while these dishes may taste magical, they are actually quite simple to make and require no spells. You can find The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory here.
5. The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
Bring the power of the Force into your kitchen with this cookbook that includes recipes for everything from Boba Fett-Uccine to Crazy Cantina Chili. Featuring a humorous style of writing and photos of Star Wars action figures posing with the various dishes, The Star Wars Cook Book is clearly geared toward younger chefs – it even includes a sheet of Star Wars stickers. So don’t expect to find a recipe for any of the dangerous-looking mixed drinks seen in Mos Eisley’s famously sleazy cantina. However, chefs of any age will appreciate treats like super-Chewie Wookiee Cookies and Tusken Raider Taters. You can find The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes here.
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