Got a voracious appetite for pop culture? This should feed your hankering.
A buffet's worth of pop-culture cookbooks are ready for the devouring, literally serving up a wide array of bits and bobs to satisfy every fan's taste.
Like your martinis blood-red? The denizens over at True Blood might have your fix. (Their new recipe book just hit shelves this week.)
Prefer your hors d'oeuvres glazed with vintage nostalgia and peppered with sexual angst? Time to order something up from the Mad Men crew.
Ladies and gentlemen, may we present you with the menu…
1. True Blood Drinks & Bites: Sink your fangs into this baby! The otherworldly habitués of HBO's hit creature feature are the inspiration for this pun-tastic recipe guide that seeks to evoke Bon Temps' sweaty, sexy allure. Officially sanctioned by the bigwigs at HBO, the book shows off a healthy sense of humor with vittles like Deviled Eggs of the Night and Cheese Stakes.
Try This: The book's centerpiece offering seems to be a cocktail called Faerie Blood, made with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Campari, sparkling rosé and fresh lemon juice. Sounds bloody good! (Hardcover, $18.95)
2. The Star Wars Cookbook: If you've been craving some Wookie Cookies, this tome's for you, oh ravenous Jedi! Star Wars fanatics can gorge on all sorts of galactic grub—and you don't even need to be sitting in a skeevy Mos Eisley cantina to enjoy them. You'll also get to brush up on your Star Wars character know-how with dishes like Princess Leia Danish Dos (wait—you mean those buns aren't cinnamon rolls?!) and Boba Fett-Uccine. There's even a sequel cookbook, in case you must have a Darth Malt with dinner.
Try This: The Boba Fett-Uccine is made with broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and Parmesan cheese. See...even Star Wars baddies know how to eat healthy! (Spiral-bound, $18.99)
3. The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: Forget Katniss' hunting bow—you won't go hungry like the folks at District 12 if you've got this cookbook handy! Consider it a gastronomic tour of the futuristic dystopian saga, taking you from the humble tables of Katniss' forlorn home district to the lavish banquets of the Capitol as you nibble on bread from Peeta's family bakery and something called Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake. Consider it a way to, ahem, whet your appetite until the big-screen version of Catching Fire hits theaters on Nov. 22.
Try This: "Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew With Dried Plums" offers up just that, along with celery, potatoes, onions and carrots. (Hardcover, $19.95)
4. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: The tipple-tastic folks at Sterling Cooper & Partners shouldn't be the only ones with a monopoly on imbibing the lush life. Sharpen your cocktail-mixing skills with this guide to all things boozy and vintage (while busting out your best Don Draper or Betty Francis brooding looks) with drinks like the perfect Manhattan. And just to make sure you've got enough to soak up all that poison, the book also includes era-appropriate bites like Sardi's Steak Tartar and Pat Nixon's Date Nut Bread.
Try This: Make your own Playboy Whiskey Sour, mixed with whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, lemon and a maraschino cherry. (Paperback, $16.95)
5. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker: We may be mere Muggles, but that doesn't mean we can't partake in some magical culinary delicacies! Relive your favorite Harry Potter memories while noshing on grub inspired by boy wizard's adventures—this book has over 150 recipes, from Mrs. Weasley's famous meat pies to Harry's fave dessert, Treacle Tarts.
Try This: During his first voyage aboard the Hogwarts Express, Harry famously chows down on pumpkin pasties, a toothsome turnover pastry filled with pumpkin and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. (Hardcover, $19.95)
6. Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook: An orgiastic profusion of double entendres fills up this tongue-in-cheek send-up of Fifty Shades of Grey. Indeed, there are 50 recipes here, all promising to leave you salivating with gastronomic pleasure as you ogle photos of fowl suggestively tied up and lap up dishes like Chicken with a Lardon and Mustard-Spanked Chicken. Naughty, baby!
Try This: "Dripping Thighs" offers up a roasted chicken slathered with a concoction of white wine, honey and butter. (Hardcover, $19.99)
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7. In the Kitchen With Miss Piggy: Fabulous Recipes from My Famous Celebrity Friends: Everyone's favorite porcine diva plays dinner host, so to speak, in this tome that collects recipes from 54 of the Muppet's famous friends. And what a guest list it is! Folks who contributed recipes include Jodie Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, John Travolta and—but of course!—Martha Stewart.
Try This: James Taylor's Baked Bluefish Fillets offer up a mouthwatering seafood feast seasoned simply with Dijon mustard, olive oil, garlic, salt and capers. (Hardcover; out of print but available on eBay from $3 and up)