As Eaten on TV

by Melleny T.

I am a big fan of cookbooks. I’m also a big fan of eating. What I am not a big fan of, though, is cooking.

old-fashioned tv dinner in foil tray

But that doesn’t stop me from happily browsing cookbooks as they come through the library. I especially enjoy unusual cookbooks. (You may recall that I also enjoy unusual craft books and unusual YA books.)

In case you’ve been living under a rock, let me tell you that there is a whole world of cookbooks tied to popular culture. You can find clever recipes based on movies, literature, video games, and even general geekery.

I particularly enjoy the wide variety of cookery innovation related to television shows. Whether the show is sadly no longer on the air or still thriving, these books are a joy to peruse, if only for the delightful dish names.

And if you’re the kind of person who actually does enjoy cooking (I’m not judging – in fact, I’m kind of jealous), this seems like a great opportunity for a very delicious binge-watching party.

So dig in to this list of TV-inspired cookbooks and feast your eyes on the beautiful food photography and maybe even some behind-the-scenes tidbits. Gives a whole new meaning to TV dinner, right?

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6 responses to “As Eaten on TV”

  1. Marie B. says:

    I, too, am a fan of cookbooks and eating but not so fond of actual cooking. I check out tons of cookbooks but rarely make anything. Who am I kidding? I never make anything, no matter how appealing the recipe!

    In my humble opinion, the best cookbooks include photos for every recipe and are printed on paper with heft.

    • Melleny says:

      Marie, I agree with your criteria for the best cookbooks. You can’t have flimsy pages that will stick together, or you could end up with a Friends-Rachel-beef-trifle situation.

  2. Alez says:

    I’m also terrible at actually using cookbooks, but I do so love themed ones!

    Right now I am anticipating the release of the Supernatural Cookbook, scheduled to be released next month. It promises me both Pie and Pigs ‘N A Poke. What more can I ask for?

  3. Erin L. says:

    Netflix has a series called Salt Fat Acid Heat with a companion cookbook by the chef/host Samin Nosrat who is very entertaining. I’m thinking of actually buying this one as it explains her theory that all four elements should be present for a tasty dish. Not just recipes but the science about how each element enhances food. Sounds like a great resource book.

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