We made it through January, which means I think we deserve a bit of a smile. So I’ve picked some of the unofficial cookbooks that have been written by culinary fans of shows and films. Great gifts for fans of those franchises first and foremost, the food may be a pleasant surprise:
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook – inevitable that such a hit show should have some spinoffs, I’m just surprised that there isn’t an official cookbook. Meals seem to form a significant part of the series, both above and below stairs, and this apparently includes Lady Mary’s crab canapes and Mrs Patmore’s Christmas pudding. If only there was a recipe for Lady Grantham’s acerbic wit, that would be a winner.
The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook – I know very little about Game of Thrones, not really my kind of thing but I know it was huge. The book apparently includes recipes for Direwolf Ale and Auroch Stew. Not sure Tesco stock either, but hey, you never know with their current stock situation.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook – something I know a lot more about, and clearly remember how many great meal scenes they managed to get into each film. Those banquets at Hogwarts were always quite something! I am sure there will be a version of Butterbeer, though chocolate covered frogs may be more tricky!
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook – ah, other than all the smoking, this would have been a perfect time for me, and not just for all the martinis. Of course life needs a three course dinner that starts with a shrimp cocktail, moves through beef Wellington and finishes with pineapple upside-down cake. What’s not to love about a retro dinner party?
Scooby Doo: An Unofficial Halloween Cookbook – ok, this one is a bit of advance planning given that it’s for Halloween, but surely every house needs a Scooby Doo cookbook? I mean, we spend enough time wandering round looking like we don’t have a Scooby Doo…! This is definitely for the serious fan who thought they had everything Scooby related. Or a very surprising secret Santa gift.
Have a little fun this February and take life a little less seriously for a while. That is unofficial advice, of course.