Living in Texas, I’ve always loved seeing movies at the Alamo Drafthouse, where you can watch and dine at the same time. The best part is when they come up with dishes inspired by the movies they’re showing. So when I saw these movie-based cookbooks, I knew they’d be perfect for fans who really want to experience their favorite films.
It seems anachronistic to have a cookbook for The HUNGER Games, but that’s what makes this cookbook so fun. The book has 187 recipes inspired by the world of Panem, from the hungry District 12 to the greedy Capitol. Four sections divide recipes first into the different movies (or books the movies are adapted from), then the action within the story. For example, Section One: The Hunger Games has Katniss Mint Tea in “The Woods and the Hearth”, Peeta’s Burnt Raisin Nut Bread in “The Seam and The District”, Finger Licking Chocolate Cake in “The Train”, etc. Other recipes that look great are District 4’s Loaves and Fishes, Golden Cornucopia Cake, Greasy Sae’s Special Winter Soup, and Prim’s Birthday Venison Steaks (but you don’t have to hunt for your venison). I might not want to physically go to the series’ post-apocalyptic world, but I’ll happily try its tasty treats.
You might not immediately associate food with the Stars Wars movies, but food writer Robin Davis brings us this delightful book to show why we should. Robin is a former assistant editor of Bon Appetit magazine and food editor of the Columbus Dispatch. Unlike in other cookbooks on this list, the recipes in THE STAR WARS COOKBOOK are more inspired-by than directly from the movies. Recipes include the titular Wookiee Cookies, Twin Sun Toast, Ewok Eats, Dark Side Salsa, Obi-Wan Kebabs, and Darth Vader Dark Chocolate Sundaes. Robin encourages you to “cultivate the awareness of a Jedi” for these recipes. The book is geared toward young cooks, saying “Keep an adult in the kitchen at all times… (Even Luke would have been toast without Ben Kenobi).” But I’d happily give this book to Star Wars fans of any age. For Super Star Wars fans, STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE: THE OFFICIAL BLACK SPIRE OUTPOST COOKBOOK was just released. This one is written by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Marc Sumerak and features 75 recipes inspired by the Galaxy Edge-themed lands at Disney World and Disneyland.
If you’ve watched The Godfather—and if you haven’t, go! Do it now then come back here!—you’re thinking this cookbook has to have a recipe for cannolis. A cookbook based on the book-turned-Oscar-winning-movie-series must have a recipe for cannolis, as well as all the classic Italian dishes. As long as there’s no poison… THE CORLEONE FAMILY COOKBOOK contains 75 Godfather-inspired recipes, including “The Best in the City” Veal Marsala, Salsiccia Sandwich, Clemenza’s Saturday Sauce, and of course, “Leave the Gun” Cannolis. The book is written by travel and food writer Liliana Battle, who’s from Calabria, Italy, so you know the dishes are authentic. Liliana has infused the pages with cooking tips, history and even related movie quotes. And the photography by Stacey Tyzzer looks wonderful.
THE UNOFFICIAL HARRY POTTER COOKBOOK: FROM CAULDRON CAKES TO KNICKERBOCKER GLORY–MORE THAN 150 MAGICAL RECIPES FOR WIZARDS AND NON-WIZARDS ALIKE
Given how protective J.K. Rowling is about the fantasy novels she wrote, it’s not entirely surprising that this is an “Unofficial” cookbook, but it looks fun nevertheless. Written by cook Dinah Bucholz, this book contains fun recipes like Kreacher’s French Onion Soup—the elf’s signature specialty, Molly’s Meat Pies—Mrs. Weasley’s classic dish and Treacle Tart—Harry’s favorite dessert. Each recipe begins by setting the scene, from the books, of course. Like the recipe for Pumpkin Juice, which reminds cooks that Harry fantasizes about drinking pumpkin juice after he and Ron miss the train to Hogwarts, steal Ron’s father’s flying car, and watch it get womped by a massive tree. There’s even the book title and chapter so you can read it for yourself. Dinah also includes a bit of real-world history, in this case how pumpkins came to be used for Halloween decorations. If you can’t get enough of the food, check out THE EXCLUSIVE HARRY POTTER COOKBOOK: 30 EXQUISITE RECIPES FROM HOGWARTS by Ina Deen.
TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS PARTY COOKBOOK: RECIPES AND CRAFTS FOR THE PERFECT SPOOKY PARTY
I’m a HUGE fan of director Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, so this cookbook looks like a must-have. But there’s very little about it online and it only has one review so far. It’s on my list to buy, but if you get it before me, let me know what you think.
MOVIE MENUS takes a slightly different approach to the movie cookbook: Pairing meals with what you’re watching. In the mood for Gone With the Wind? Whip up some Old-Fashioned Southern Fried Chicken with Gravy. Planning a viewing of Hercules? Serve some Assorted Stuffed Figs. Author Francine Segan includes information about the movies, their history and where the recipes come from.
What do you think of these cookbooks? Who would you give them to?