For those of us obsessed with television dramas there is a strong desire to be closer to our beloved characters. We yearn to be transported to the time and location of the shows we watch on a weekly basis. The cookbook industry has devised a plan to make obsessed fans feel like they too are living in Bon Temps, the 1960's, and even the late Middle Ages. Sadly, Sookie or Don Draper won’t be serving us drinks, and no one has invented a time machine yet. Thanks to these three cookbooks, fans and those who love to cook, can enjoy authentic recipes from the Bayou-set True Blood, Medieval dishes served in Game of Thrones’ Westeros, or the cocktails drank in Mad Men’s 1960's haunts. All the featured recipes are a great addition to a viewing party with friends or a creative way to mix up a dinner party.
Authors Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin took note of the foods, and of course the drinks, mentioned on every episode of Mad Men to create their culinary-anthropological work. All recipes, including a 1965 Betty Crocker chocolate cake recipe made in an episode by Betty Draper, are authentic to the 1960's. If you want to recreate Roger Sterling’s favorite dish from The Grand Central Oyster Bar, Oyster Rockefeller, or mix an Old Fashion worthy of Don Draper, this book is for you. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook perfectly mixes recipes with the culinary context and history of Manhattan during the 1960's. The Mad Men cookbook also includes color photos of the some recipes as well as black and white photos of restaurants, bars, and foods served in the '60s.
A Feast of Fire and Ice: The Official Companion Cookbook
Originally a blog founded by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer this companion cookbook features a foreword by Game of Thrones author, George R. R. Martin. The recreated recipes included in the Game of Thrones cookbook are accompanied by the original passage where the meals were eaten by the characters. All the included recipes are great representations of the foods actually consumed by medieval people. The cookbook is so accurate that New York City’s Kitchen Arts & Letters, a bookstore frequented by chefs and culinary scholars, ordered the book because of the recipes based off actual 15th-Century manuscripts. The authors even adhered to the regional and seasonal variations that would be found in the fictional Westeros. Next time you want to recreate the 77-course feast for King Joffrey, A Feast of Fire and Ice can show you the way to royal indulgence.
True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps
Coming out this fall, the True Blood cookbook, with contributions from veteran cookbook author Marcelle Bienvenu, will have both entertaining recipe names, like the Plasmapolitan, and serious eats inspired by the Bayou of Louisiana. The menus of the restaurants featured in the series, Fangtasia and Merolette’s Bar & Grill where Sookie Stackhouse works, play a key role in the interaction of the characters. The restaurants feed the human population of Bon Temps while also stirring up old memories for the resident vampires. Like the cover’s “blood” dripping cake suggests the cookbook will include recipes fans will expect as well as delicious recipes for Cajun Eggs Benedict with Tasso and Boudin. Each recipe will be introduced by the character involved in some of the series most unforgettable scenes.