Photos of 3 of my themed cookbooks, against a backdrop of colorful place-mats and flowers.

Media & Cookbooks

Upon seeing the cookbooks I have which are based on novels, TV shows, or movies, my friend Katherine asked if there were a lot of cookbooks like that? And said it could be neat to have a collection of them. 

If you’re like me, you’ve come across plenty of meals in stories you’ve read or shows/movies you’ve watched, where you really, really wish could . . . . have what they’re having. *ahem*

The (short) list I own includes:

I may have others that I’m forgetting, but I still have a lot of books to unpack.

Photos of 3 of my themed cookbooks, against a backdrop of colorful place-mats and flowers.

As much as I like these, I hadn’t really ever wondered if there were more out there until that night. When I got a chance, I decided to look into it, and fell into a seemingly endless internet treasure trove of media-based cookbooks.

I decided to list some of my favorites (based on their descriptions and/or reviews) here for you, in no particular order. (All of the links in this post are clean links; I am not an Amazon affiliate. But if you would like to donate to a really good cause when you make a purchase, please consider going to and selecting the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation (based out of East Lansing, MI, founded in 2004). Leiomyosarcoma is the rare, aggressive cancer that killed my beautiful wife. 

If you are gluten free like me, you’ll have to make some substitutions, but this is generally not difficult. I tried my best to avoid cookbooks where the recipes are completely unrelated to the story or the cast, but are just “cleverly” named recipes but that’s all (ex: Edward Caesar Hands).

And then I came across one that was by Vincent Price. How could I skip that one? So I looked into cookbooks written by actors, but where the recipes weren’t tied to any specific show/film, and, well … there’s a lot of those, too! So I decided to make a separate list for them.

Has anyone ever seen a cookbook either based on the show Dallas (i.e. Miss Ellie was in the kitchen a lot in the early years), or one written by any of the cast?


Do you have a favorite (or favorites) book which I haven’t included? Please list it in the comments (title and author or editor) so that I can check it out!

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