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9 Cookbooks for When You’re Suffering From Tv Show Withdrawal


Being a complete TV show addict I know a little about the torture of having to wait months or even years (in the case of Sherlock) for latest episodes to come out. While we can comfort ourselves with watching old reruns (F.R.I.E.N.D.S, anyone?) the wait sometimes gets too agonising. In cases like that, why not whip up some nice comfort food based on your favourite TV shows? At least you can feel a little bit closer to the characters. Here are a few books you could turn to.

1) True Blood – True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps

True Blood is over. But your fantasies (or fears) about living in a True Blood world don’t have to end. This book offers “authentic bayou country recipes” like Sookie Stackhouse’s Fried Apple Pie, Confederate Ambrosia and Summer Tallulah Huckaby’s Betrothal Biscuits.

Buy: For Rs. 1896 from Amazon

2) Mad Men: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

Learn how to mix cocktails Don Draper style, prepare a crown roast like Joan Harris and make oysters Rockefeller using this cookbook.

Buy: For Rs. 942 from Amazon

3) Desperate Housewives – The Desperate Housewives Cookbook

Bree was great at cooking; so great that she even came out with her own immensely popular cookbook on the show. While that cookbook is not available in real life this one will teach you how to make housewife staples like foolproof Macaroni and Cheese along with fancier dishes like shrimp with chorizo and red pepper.

Buy: For Rs. 1,715 from Amazon

4) Downton Abbey – The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook

Did Mrs Patamore’s onscreen spreads leave you salivating? Learn how to replicate them and make dishes like Lady Mary’s crab canapés, Sybil’s ginger nut biscuits and Mr Bates’ chicken and mushroom pie.

Buy: For Rs. 1,009 from Amazon

5) F.R.I.E.N.D.S – Cooking with Friends

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Of course this show would have a cookbook. Monica was always whipping up something delicious in her famous kitchen and Central Perk seemed to have an endless variety of croissants, muffins and pies. F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans will be delighted by the recipe names; Could THIS be any more Fattening is my favourite.

Buy: For Rs. 2,468 from Amazon

6) Game of Thrones – A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook

We’ve posted about how to make wine Westeros style. This cookbook takes it a step (or a hundred steps) further, with recipes from every region like mutton in onion-ale broth from the Wall and Almond crusted trout from King’s Landing.

Buy: For Rs. 1,460 from Amazon

7) Dora The Explorer – Dora and Diego Let’s Cook

If your child loves Dora the Explorer then introduce them to the wonderful world of cooking using this book. It offers child-friendly cooking tips, fill out maps for your kid and simple recipes from around the world like Abuala’s oatmeal bites and Diago’s Meatball mountain range.

Buy: For Rs. 1,364 from Amazon

8) SpongeBob Square Pants – SpongeBob’s Kitchen Mission

Another cookbook tailored for kids, SpongeBob’s kitchen mission offers recipes based on favourite characters with a section for Patrick Star called ‘glazed and confused’ and for Squidward Tentacles called ‘elegant food for an elegant person’.

Buy: For Rs. 1,850 from Amazon

9) Star Wars – The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes

Yes, I know this isn’t a show. But since it was Star Wars Day recently, I couldn’t resist throwing this one in. This book finally teaches you how to make wookie cookies, yoda soda, skywalker smoothies and Princess Leia Danish Dos.

Buy: For Rs. 1,850 from Amazon

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