Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, this book is making me hungry?" Over the past year, while going back and forth between reading adult fiction and childrens' fiction, I've noticed that books for younger audiences always seem to have more food references, and those food references always sound so darn good. I mean, really, would it be so hard for political fiction books or historical novels to throw in a meal or two every once in a while? I think more books should take note of the How I Survived Middle School series, which incorporates recipes throughout the books.
However, since most books and series don't include scrumptious-sounding foods, some authors and publishers have taken it upon themselves to create brand-specific cookbooks and I must say this is brilliant! Why, you ask? Just take a look at the following cookbooks below.
Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking by Carolyn Keene
This book gives readers recipes that relate to specific books and/or characters from the series. For example:
- Bungalow Mystery Salad – The mystery to me is: what kind of salad does this make? Fruit salad? Caesar salad?
- A Keene Stuffed Tomato – Author Carolyn Keene gives the recipe for one of her favorite dishes.
- Togo Dogs – aka Corn Dogs. Mush, mush!
- 99 Steps French Toast – Say what?! Don't worry; it's really only three steps.
Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis
If you love the Star Wars books or the Star Wars movies, then you’ll love this cookbook. The photos in the cookbook are awesome! However, you may want to allow at least five hours per recipe. Here are some of my favorite recipes:
- Princess Leia Danish Dos – Create a fun and delicious breakfast that you can eat and/or wear on your head to replicate the Princess Leia hairdo.
- Darth Vader Chocolate Sundaes – Sure Darth Vader may be evil, but these ice cream sundaes are absolutely heavenly.
- Galaxy Grill Cheese – These sandwiches are out of this world.
Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories by Barbara M. Walker and Garth Williams
Travel back to the time of horse-drawn wagons, non-electric stove tops, and good old fashioned no-nonsense cooking. Plus, you’ll learn how to churn your own butter, get instructions on how to dry your own fruit, and discover all the great foods you can make with lard. Here are few recipes you must try!
- Apple Pie – There's nothing like a made-from-scratch pie! Plus, apple pie always tastes better with this one secret ingredient: love.
- Buttermilk Biscuits – Ten times better than what you can find at a restaurant or in the store.
- Homemade Lemonade – You might want to put together a lemonade stand after making this cool and sweet drink.
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook by Georgeanne Brennan
Ah, the age-old question: will I eat green eggs and ham? Sure, I suppose I will try them because I am not Sam. What else would I try?
- Green Eggs and Ham – The book offers lots of different concoctions for the famous combo, but my favorite is the fried eggs with guacamole.
- Pink Yink Ink Drink – This recipe is a lot more difficult to say than to drink! You'll want an mini umbrella when sipping this!
- Who Roast Beef – WHO knew this would be chicken!
Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes by Felicity Dahl
This is one time you'll want to not judge a book by its cover. Why, you ask? Because the recipes in this book are anything but revolting. Test your chef skills, and maybe you'll be the next Willy Wonka!
- Strawberry-Flavored Chocolate-Coated Fudge – Chocolate and strawberries combined together? Time to get out the mixer!
- Mr. Twit's Beard Food – The idea is to make a face shape out of hash browns and then use condiments for the eyes, nose, mouth, etc. This tasted great once I came to terms with the notion of ruining my glorious creation of Mr. Twit's face.
- Fresh Mudburgers – Don't worry; these aren't actually made with mud!
- Hair Toffee to Make Hair Grow on Bald Men: Unfortunately, this decadent candy doesn't really affect hair growth. But the toffee is so delicious, no one will even care.
Check back next week for Part 2 of "Books with Cookbooks." Until then, I challenge you to come up with your own recipes based on your favorite books.
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer