The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods - Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and more
by Cassandra Reeder
Review by Gayle Surrette
Race Point Publishing Flexibound ISBN/ITEM#: 9781631060496
Date: 19 May 2015 List Price $21.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
It seems I've been doing a lot of cookbooks reviews lately. This is the third month in a row -- 2 for our sister publication Gumshoe Review, and now this one The Geeky Chef Cookbook for SFRevu. There's been a lot of interesting and creative recipes, several that are on my must make at least once list.
The Geeky Chef Cookbook is set up with the usual divisions: Introduction, Beverages: Non-Alcoholic, Beverages: Alcoholic (not my thing really so I'm not going to comment), Snacks and Appetizers, Soups and Stews, Entrees, Cakes and Cupcakes, and Desserts.
Cassandra Reeder, has put a lot of work into these recipes, and it shows. But it must be noted that these are all unofficial recipes -- not acknowledge by the series or worlds that the recipes are derived from. The introduction lets us know how she got into trying to develop or replicate a foodstuff that was mentioned in a movie, TV show, or book. It seems that it took a lot of trial and error, but that's par for the course when trying to make a food that taste like something you enjoyed somewhere, or to replicate what you imagine a food tasted like when you read the description.
There's some lovely full-color photos of some of the items ready to be served and eaten, or drunk. At the beginning of each recipe is a bit about where the recipe came from and the inspiration that started the process of refining the final recipe. These recipe introductions themselves make the book worthwhile even if you never make a single recipe.
Here's a few examples of what you'll find for recipes (I'm not going to say where the ideas came from, most fans will recognize the names): Klah, Butter Beer, Slurm, Spoo, Mudder's Milk, Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, Figgins, Lembas, Soylent Green (minus the people), Dragonbreath Chili (on my list of must try), Lamb Stew with Plums (again a must try for me), Shawarma, Bacon Pancakes, Cauldron Cakes, and Lemon Cakes.
There's no nutrition information or calories for the recipes as written. I'd imagine that the author expects that the adventurous among the readers would substitute ingredients and play with the recipes to tweak them to fit their taste now that she's created a good starting point.
This cookbook is for the geeky and adventurous cooks among us. Give it a try. And if you've tried any of the recipes in this cookbook, we'd love to have you leave a comment.
NOTE: I read an advanced reader copy that was uncorrected or proofed, but the recipes seemed, as I read them, to be reasonable ingredients and the step by step instructions clear -- for my definition of clear, which means they seemed logically structured to me.