11 Pop Culture Cookbooks Actually Worth Owning
Break out these books the next time you want to Netflix and chew.
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Baking Bad: A Parody in a Cookbook by Walter Wheat
Baking is a science, and no TV show exemplified that better than Breaking Bad. But you won’t get any meth-cooking instructions from this spoof cookbook. Baking Bad's playful recipes include Blue Meth Crunch (rock candy), Ricin Krispie Squares, Mr. White’s Tighty Whitey Bites (gingerbread cookies), and post-explosion-inspired Fring Pops. Motorhome sold separately. — Gerrad Hall
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Cookbook by Peggy Paul Casell Everett Collection
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Cookbook by Peggy Paul Casell
Cowabunga, cooks! Bring the turtles' love of pizza to your kitchen with this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed cookbook. The collection includes recipes for New York-style pepperoni pizza, deep-dish goulash pizza, the breakfast pie, and more.
The Snacking Dead by D. B. Walker Gene Page/AMC
The Snacking Dead by D. B. Walker
Turns out flesh isn’t the only thing on The Walking Dead menu. With 50 recipes including Sweetish Fleshballs, Nachos of the Living Dead, and Elbows Casserole, this parody cookbook is full of fun snacks to help readers survive a zombie apocalypse or a viewing party. As delicious as these dishes might be, we can’t promise any meal will provide enough comfort to get through the season premiere when the show returns in the fall.
True Blood, Eats, Drinks, & Bites by Gianna Sobol John P. Johnson/HBO
True Blood, Eats, Drinks, & Bites by Gianna Sobol
No trip to Bon Temps is complete without a visit to vampire hangout Fangtasia or neighborhood bar and grill Merlotte's. Recipes from both fictional spots pop up in Sobol's True Blood-inspired cookbook, which also features 85 bayou dishes that would impress even Sookie's Gran.
Orange Is the New Black Presents: The Cookbook by Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann, Hartley Voss, and Alex Regnery JoJo Whilden/Netflix
Orange Is the New Black Presents: The Cookbook by Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann, Hartley Voss, and Alex Regnery
Eating like a prisoner might not sound too appealing, unless you’re behind bars at Litchfield. Surprisingly, the fictional women’s prison in Orange Is the New Black is filled with delicious inventions, including Red’s Chicken Kiev, Gloria’s tamales, and Miss Claudette’s coconut cake. The cookbook offers recipes for 65 of the show’s most arresting dishes, along with sidebars that help expand the universe of Orange Is the New Black for fans.
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines Nick Briggs/Carnival Film and Television Limited for Masterpiece
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines
Looking for dainty tea trifles and decadent dinner entrées? There’s something for every Anglophile both upstairs and down. Get a taste of life in the Abbey with Anna Bates’ Chocolate Crumpets or Lady Mary’s Crab Canapés.
Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders
Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders
If you thought Scottish cuisine was all porridge and haggis washed down with a good swally of whiskey, Outlander Kitchen’s here to prove your wrong. Born as a blog, Carle-Sanders’ book brings hearty dishes like Conspirators’ Cassoulet, and sweet treats like Black Jack Randall’s Dark Chocolate Lavender Fudge to the table. Ye cannae deny those sound delish! Hey, if Jamie eats this stuff and has that great of a physique, we’re in full support of the Highland diet.
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines Murray Close
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines
Feeling the hunger? This cookbook is less about that hunk of burnt bread Peeta throws to Katniss—although his Burnt Raisin Nut Bread does sound good—and more about the decadent display of treats in the Capitol. How does a supper of Gale's Bone-Pickin' Big Game Soup with a side of French bread from the Mellark Family Bakery, and a slice of Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake for dessert sound?
The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Artie Bucco Craig Blankenhorn/HBO
The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Artie Bucco
Think you know better than New Jersey Zagat? Leave the Southern Italian cooking to warm and convivial host Artie Bucco, who fictionally penned the HBO-sanctioned Sopranos Family Cookbook. Packed with recipes from beloved restaurant Vesuvio (sausages! arancini! zabaglione!), this cookbook will take you right back to that one—potentially—fateful meal in Jersey.
The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local by Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and Jonathan Krisel Augusta Quirk/IFC
The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local by Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and Jonathan Krisel
Portlandia has established itself as one of the smartest and most laser-focused satires on television, but creators Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and Jonathan Krisel weren’t joking around when they released a legitimate cookbook inspired by the characters and sketches from the show. From foraged salads and cult-raised chicken to learning how to pickle to your heart’s desire, Portland’s unique, hipster scene inspires not only great comedy, but delicious recipes as well.
Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans by Lolis Eric Elie Paul Schiraldi/HBO
Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans by Lolis Eric Elie
Lolis Eric Elie translates HBO’s post-Katrina drama to page for this unofficial Treme cookbook, doling out recipes for New Orleans delicacies like crawfish ravioli and smothered turnip soup. Original contributions from heralded chefs to guest stars litter the book’s mélange of 100 drinks and dishes.