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:
- The Gone With the Wind Cookbook
- The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory–More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike
- Food to Die For by Patricia Cornwell (from her novels featuring Kay Scarpetta)
- Irondale Cafe Original Whistlestop Cookbook (Yes, this includes Fried Green Tomatoes)
- The CareBears Party Cookbook (I’ve had my copy for a long, long time!)
I may have others that I’m forgetting, but I still have a lot of books to unpack.
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 http://smile.amazon.com 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).
- Frozen Cookbook and Cookie Cutters – Although not a huge fan of Frozen, most of the recipes look tasty.
- Garfield Recipes with Cattitude!
- My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours – by Melissa Gilbert
- Cooking in Oz: Kitchen Wizardry from America’s Favorite Fairy Tale – recipes from people associated with The Wizard of Oz.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz CookBook – This one, based on the reviews, appears to have recipes inspired by the film (ex: Aunt Em’s Chicken).
- The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Cookbook – I’m not a huge fan of shrimp. I’ll eat it occasionally, but …. I think it’s the texture. But it has good reviews, and it sounds like it definitely packs in all the kinds of shrimp recipes you can think of, just like in the film!
- The Murder She Wrote Cookbook – These are recipes provided by the cast and crew. (And now I have the theme song stuck in my head…)
- The One with All the Recipes: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Friends – I never watched Friends, so I can’t personally judge how on point it is, but the reviews make it sound like it is worth including!
- Lost Recipes ~ The Unofficial Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Cookbook
- The Shire Cookbook
- Zuzu Bailey’s It’s A Wonderful Life Cookbook: Recipes and Anecdotes Inspired by America’s Favorite Movie – by Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life presents 250 recipes inspired by life in the fictional town of Bedford Falls.
- Star Trek Cookbook – Teresa was my source for all things Trek. Unfortunately, I cannot ask her what she thinks of this, so if I have any Trekkies reading my blog, please tell me if this cookbook hits or misses the mark!
- Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook – Davis, Ann B. (1994)
- Mary Ann’s Gilligan’s Island Cookbook – recipes from the cast. I never liked this show, but my Teresa loved it, so I have to include it.
- Aunt Bee’s Mealtime in Mayberry: Recipes and Memories from America’s Friendliest Town
- The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool-Over 150 Recipes Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia
- Chas Addams Half-Baked Cookbook – by Charles Addams – the reviews give me the impression that is more stories and cartoons than recipes, but one review does say that everyone loves the recipes from this, so there are some!
- Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook
- The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook
- Supernatural: The Official Cookbook: Burgers, Pies, and Other Bites from the Road
- Firefly – the Big Damn Cookbook
- Forking Good: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place
- The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family
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.
- Cooking Price-Wise with Vincent Price
- Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends – by Eva Longoria
- The Adventurous Eaters Club: Mastering the Art of Family Mealtime by MIsha Collins (Supernatural) – suggested by my friend, Rose.
- Patti Labelle’s Lite Cuisine
- Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter, and Lots of Good Food
- Estefan Kitchen
- The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet – by Alicia Silverstone – this sounds like it’s both a good cookbook for those of you who are vegan, or those of you who are trying to transition to vegan.
- If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons by Sheryl Crow, Chuck White
- Valerie’s Home Cooking: More than 100 Delicious Recipes to Share with Friends and Family – by Valerie Bertinelli
- The Tucci Cookbook – by Stanley Tucci
- Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year – by Martina McBride
- Trisha’s Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life: A Cookbook – by Trisha Yearwood
- Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen – by Audrey Hepburn’s son, Luca Dotti
- Stirring Up Fun with Food: Over 115 Simple, Delicious Ways to Be Creative in the Kitchen – by Sarah Michelle Gellar
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?