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Jul 14, 2010 06:18 PM

Cookbooks you didn't know existed

This is pretty strange, found it on Huffington Post.

Seriously, Twilight cookbook? Pink Pony? Star Trek? Really?

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  1. Phew Phaedrus, I thought this was opening up a discussion of cookbooks other people know and love and I don't have, I was almost afraid to check!
    That Axis of Evil book keeps coming up in these things, other than the title being rather dated (David Frum, Canadian boy gone bad), it seems an interesting premise.
    I had read that the Sopranos book wasn't too bad as well - since they're shown eating in a lot if not most of the shows, it seems a logical tie-in.
    But Twilight? And most of the others? What the...

    1. I have a Wizard of Oz cookbook someone gave me over 20 years ago and I love it. I've never cooked anything out of it, but it looks nice with my collection of hardcover Wizard of Oz books and I get a chuckle out of reading it. To each his own.

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      1. re: ttoommyy

        I got a Nero Wolfe Cookbook. For those who don't know Nero Wolfe, he is a gourmand/detective. The hero is a long series of books by Rex Stout.

        Long passages are devoted to how Nero Wolfe and his butler/chef Fritz will cook certain dishes. The cook book is actually very interesting and directly quotes passages from the books about the preparations and the dishes.

        But Pink Pony?

        1. re: Phaedrus

          I have a good friend who's a mystery buff (and avid Sherlockian, not that that has anything to do with Nero Wolfe) and has the Nero Wolfe cookbook - he actually cooks from it.

          1. re: buttertart

            I've often thought someone could devise a damned fine cookbook based on the cooking scenes in the late lamented Robert B. Parker's "Spenser" novels.

              1. re: buttertart

                I have it as well. I bought it for myself after reading all of the Nero Wolf books. It is actually good, if dated. You could throw a very cool dinner party from it.

          2. Pat Conroy (author of "The Great Santini" and "Prince of Tides") has his own cookbook. It is excellent; the book is also filled with his memoirs of world travel. Shimp & grits, yeah!

            1. I have the dubious honor of actually owning one of the cookbooks on the list. A well meaning friend knew I watched the Sopranos and that I liked to cook so I received The Sopranos Family Cookbook from her. As somebody noted below it's not a bad cookbook. I've made several recipes, the Mussels in Spicy Tomato Sauce and the Tortellini in Brodo are very good.. It's funny going back and reading the stuff about the TV all seems so long ago!

              1. I have the Little House Cookbook, based on the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, which contain many, many descriptions of food and cooking. The authors have tried to recreate the foods described in the books, and how they would be prepared in the late 19th century in the homesteading and rural small-town situations in which the lived. Pretty interesting stuff.

                I had a Winnie-the-Pooh cookbook, and I have seen a Star Wars cookbook (the latter full of things like Wookie Cookies and the like - not very impressive, but I guess meant to be kid pleasing).

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                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  I've been hearing about the Little House book for a while, I must look into it. Sounds up one of my streets!

                  1. re: buttertart

                    I have a little house cookbook filled with Laura's recipes - she loved to cook. It is an interesting cookbook with lots of little tidbits for the reader as well.

                    1. re: buttertart

                      It's The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories, by Barbara M. Walker (with illustrations by Garth Williams, from the books). I have the original hardback, which my mother gave me as a gift.


                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                        Thanks Caitlin, those mother's gift cookbooks are quite special.

                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                          Actually it is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook


                          i just ordered the one you are talking about.

                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                            My mother gave me the The Little House Cookbook when I was little. I was a huge fan of the Little House series and the cookbook thrilled me!