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Melanie's Week in Review - June 23, 2013

Melanie's Week in Review  - June 23, 2013

I will not be winning any big awards for reading loads of books this week. In fact, it was a very slow week for me on book reading front. I only managed to finish one book which was The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. I don't know what I was doing but it took me much longer to read it than books normally would. I am going to blame it on having the 'lurgy'.  It was a real cross between being ill and feeling sorry for myself for being ill so I guess that influenced my reading rate.

I did start The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm but making sure that I take my time to read this because I love this series so much.

Something else I did this week was watch almost the whole season 3 of Game of Thrones. I have the last two episodes to watch.  This season is seriously tense and very, very dark.  I read the first book after I watched the first series and was amazed how close the series matched the book. I had planned to read the other books but I am not sure I want to now as the series, although excellent is depressing. I am having a hard time finding a hero and when is Joffrey going to get his comeuppance? So should I go back and read them?

This is a short one for me this week but I am planning to be more productive next week with my last two days of work in my current job. Wish me luck everyone!  Until next week Happy Reading.

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012

This is Part 2 of the short guide to cookbooks for the genre lover in your life (including you). All of these cookbooks are currently available from a variety of sources. Please note that I did not include self-published cookbooks because there are just so many of them. Happy Shopping!

You may find Part 1 here.

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!
25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes
CICO Books, August 1,  2012
Hardcover, 64 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from the macabre and grotesque to create some really evil-looking cakes that taste divine. Using natural ingredients and edible decorating materials, such as edible lustre dusts, gum paste and glazes, Lily shows you how to turn basic cupcakes into amazingly realistic - and delicious - sculptures, from Eerie Eyeballs to Ghastly Ghouls. For really gory desserts, why not make Dracula's Bite red velvet cupcakes, or some Bleeding Hearts, which are moulded with deep red fondant into human hearts and covered with a cherry 'blood' sauce? You can also go for heavenly Fallen Angel Cakes, made with a divine honey-flavoured icing, or indulgent, truly dark chocolate Devil's Food Cupcakes, with ganache icing and chocolate devil's horns. With 25 brilliant recipes and tips and tricks throughout, this is the perfect introduction into the world of alternative cake decoration.

You may also find A Zombie Ate My Cupcake! with one of these older covers:

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012

And there is a kit:

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!
25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes
CICO Books, July 2011
Hardcover, 64 pages
2 Cookie Cutters and Sculpting Tools

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
After being banished for so long to the land of the pretty and identical, the domestic and the twee, cupcakes are biting back–like the killer cupcakes you can make with this fantastic cupcake-decorating kit. Including a book of 25 recipes, a coffin cookie cutter, a cross cookie cutter, and two sculpting tools, the kit provides an introduction to making cakes that look weird, ugly, and even grotesque–but that always taste divine! Lily Vanilli shows you how to work with natural ingredients and cake-decorating tools to create amazing edible decorations, such as a cupcake graveyard with gingerbread tombstones. Why not give guests a shock with the revoltingly realistic Marzipan Beetles, or add a crunch to your desserts with the Morbid Meringue Bones, dipped in raspberry blood sauce?

Ghoulish Goodies
Monster Eyeballs, Fudge Fingers, Spidery Cupcakes, and Other Frightful Treats
Storey Publishing, July 15, 2009
Paperback, 160 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Scare up some frightful fun! Add a ghoulish thrill to Halloween parties, kids’ birthdays, and horror-movie nights with more than 70 recipes for terrifying treats, wicked brews, and scary savories. The irresistible ickiness of Monster Eyeballs, Swamp Creature Toes, Ghost Lollipops, Wormy Cupcakes, Choco-Bats, Bandaged Fingers, and many more deliciously ghoulish goodies will delight partygoers of all ages.

Zombie Cupcakes
From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses
Andrews McMeel, March 1, 2011
Paperback, 80 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Conjuring up her inner George A. Romero, professional cake designer Zilly Rosen focuses her creative attention on crafting a legion of edible undead inside Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses. With a nod to Romero's zombie franchise, Rosen offers instructions for crafting 16 terrifying treats, including:
  • Toxic Bite
  • Zombie Rising
  • Keep an Eye Out
  • Destroy the Brain
and more!

Readers can raise their own macabre multitude of Zombie Cupcakes creations from the undead with an average creation time of less than one hour. Each Zombie Cupcakes design includes a full-color photograph of the zombie creation at hand, as well as an illustrated instructional overview and a convenient sidebar list of every item you will need to complete the cupcake.

Last but not least the Unofficial cookbooks:

The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook
Adams Media, April 18, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
An Epic Culinary Journey to the Heart of Westeros!

Eat like a Lannister. Brew spirits to warm you in the coming winter. Treat guests to exotic sweets and alchemy-inspired cocktails. With this collection of hearty meals inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, it's all possible! Every dish finds its roots in the pages that brought Westeros to life, including:
  • Arbor Red Wine--the finest spirit in the Seven Kingdoms
  • The House of Stark's Venison, Apple, Cheddar Plaits--savory meat pies, fit for any Warden of the North
  • The Imp's Wild Strawberry Fool--a dessert light enough to make Tyrion smile
  • Wilding Grilled Pork Chops with Stir-Grilled Apples--the meal of choice at Craster's Keep
  • Tears of Lys--the concoction of choice for bartenders and assassins alike
Feast your imagination on entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks that will make your fantasies a reality!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Adams Media, September 18, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall.

A proper cuppa tea and rock cakes in Hagrid's hut.
Cauldron cakes and pumpkin juice on the Hogwarts Express.

With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as:
  • Treacle Tart--Harry's favorite dessert
  • Molly's Meat Pies--Mrs. Weasley's classic dish
  • Kreacher's French Onion Soup
  • Pumpkin Pasties--a staple on the Hogwarts Express cart
With a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, you'll conjure up the entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks you need to transform ordinary Muggle meals into magical culinary masterpieces, sure make even Mrs. Weasley proud!

(Am I the only person who finds a Hunger Games cookbook a bit ironic? )

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook
Adams Media, December 1, 2011
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
"Here's some advice. Stay alive."--Haymitch Abernathy

When it comes to The Hunger Games, staying alive means finding food any way possible. Katniss and Gale hunt live game, Peeta's family survives on the bread they make, and the inhabitants of the Seam work twelve-hour days for a few handfuls of grain--all while the residents of the Capitol gorge themselves on delicacies and desserts to the heart's desire.

For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including:
  • French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery
  • Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums
  • Rue's Roasted Parsnips
  • Gale's Bone-Pickin' Big Game Soup
  • Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake
If you're starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite!

The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, November 1, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Bring the Majesty of Narnia to Your Table!

Have you ever wished you could travel through the wardrobe with Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, simply to taste some of the wondrous food they eat? Ever tried tucking a piece of toffee in the ground, hoping a toffee tree would grow so you could eat sweets for breakfast?

Now you can recreate the delicious meals from Narnia in the comfort of your own home without worrying about the White Witch or epic battles. Menus include more than 150 easy-to-make recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and of course dessert.

Relive the magical and glorious world of Narnia as you cook your way through foods so good you'll think Aslan delivered them himself.
  • Breakfast with Trumpkin the Dwarf — Fire roasted pavenders
  • Tea with Tumnus the Faun-soft — Boiled eggs and sugar-dusted tea cake
  • Snack with the White Witch — Turkish Delight
  • Dinner with the Beavers — Fried trout and homemade sandwich bread
  • Dessert from Father Christmas — Plum pudding and Christmas biscuits

"Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably."—C.S. Lewis

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012

The holidays are nearly upon us. Run and hide. Not really. Here is a short guide (Part 1) to cookbooks for the genre lover in your life (including you).  All of these cookbooks are currently available from a variety of sources. I may blog about genre cookbooks that you will have to find used at some point. Please note that I did not include self-published cookbooks because there are just so many of them!

A Feast of Ice and Fire
The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook
Bantam, May 29, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
Ever wonder what it’s like to attend a feast at Winterfell? Wish you could split a lemon cake with Sansa Stark, scarf down a pork pie with the Night’s Watch, or indulge in honeyfingers with Daenerys Targaryen? George R. R. Martin’s bestselling saga A Song of Ice and Fire and the runaway hit HBO series Game of Thrones are renowned for bringing Westeros’s sights and sounds to vivid life. But one important ingredient has always been missing: the mouthwatering dishes that form the backdrop of this extraordinary world. Now, fresh out of the series that redefined fantasy, comes the cookbook that may just redefine dinner . . . and lunch, and breakfast.

A passion project from superfans and amateur chefs Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer—and endorsed by George R. R. Martin himself—A Feast of Ice and Fire lovingly replicates a stunning range of cuisines from across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. From the sumptuous delicacies enjoyed in the halls of power at King’s Landing, to the warm and smoky comfort foods of the frozen North, to the rich, exotic fare of the mysterious lands east of Westeros, there’s a flavor for every palate, and a treat for every chef.

These easy-to-follow recipes have been refined for modern cooking techniques, but adventurous eaters can also attempt the authentic medieval meals that inspired them. The authors have also suggested substitutions for some of the more fantastical ingredients, so you won’t have to stock your kitchen with camel, live doves, or dragon eggs to create meals fit for a king (or a khaleesi). In all, A Feast of Ice and Fire contains more than 100 recipes, divided by region:
  • The Wall: Rack of Lamb and Herbs; Pork Pie; Mutton in Onion-Ale Broth; Mulled Wine; Pease Porridge
  • The North: Beef and Bacon Pie; Honeyed Chicken; Aurochs with Roasted Leeks; Baked Apples
  • The South: Cream Swans; Trout Wrapped in Bacon; Stewed Rabbit; Sister’s Stew; Blueberry Tarts
  • King’s Landing: Lemon Cakes; Quails Drowned in Butter; Almond Crusted Trout; Bowls of Brown; Iced Milk with Honey
  • Dorne: Stuffed Grape Leaves; Duck with Lemons; Chickpea Paste
  • Across the Narrow Sea: Biscuits and Bacon; Tyroshi Honeyfingers; Wintercakes; Honey-Spiced Locusts
There’s even a guide to dining and entertaining in the style of the Seven Kingdoms. Exhaustively researched and reverently detailed, accompanied by passages from all five books in the series and full-color photographs guaranteed to whet your appetite, this is the companion to the blockbuster phenomenon that millions of stomachs have been growling for. And remember, winter is coming—so don’t be afraid to put on a few pounds.

Includes a Foreword by George R. R. Martin

Apocalypse Cakes
Recipes for the Ends
Running Press, June 7, 2011
Hardcover and eBook, 128 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
We are besieged with talk of crisis, meltdown, earthquakes, sink holes, global warming, bailouts, and more. Once you realize there's not a whole lot of time left, grab a Bundt pan and whip up your own scrumptious Fallen Angel Food Cake--or one of the other 29 apocalyptic cakes in this irreverent cookbook--and indulge in your final days. Each full-color dessert photograph is accompanied by a short hilarious description.

Beyond Delicious
The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook
Clerisy Press,  September 13, 2011
Paperback and eBook, 300 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook includes more than 100 recipes given to her through communication with spirits of great cooks who have passed on. Arranged as 2-page spreads, each entry includes a recipe as well as the story of how the author came to learn it. Beyond Delicious, then, is part cookbook and part ghost story anthology. Together these elements create the most entertaining cookbook of the season.

Nanny Ogg's Cookbook
A Useful and Improving Almanack of Information Including 
Astonishing Recipes from Terry Pratchett's Discworld
Transworld Publishers, February 26, 2002
Paperback and eBook, 176 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confused about anatomy as they gen'rally are about everything else, unless they're talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage. Anyway, we do not live in a perfect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying. Learning to cook is also useful.'

Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it. But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette ('If you go to other people's funerals they'll be sure to come to yours'), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much.

Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive.

Nanny Ogg Gratefully Ackowledges the Assistance in this Literary Argosy of: Mr Terry Pratchett, Mr Stephen Briggs, Mlle Tina Hannan and Master Paul Kidby.

The Redwall Cookbook
Philomel, September 25, 2005
Paperback, 104 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
Ever read a Redwall novel and wonder exactly what Abbot’s Special Abbey Trifle is? Or how to make Shrimp ’N Hotroot Soup, that delicacy of otters everywhere? Or Mole’s Favourite Turnip and Tater Deeper ’N Ever Pie? From the simple refreshment of Summer Strawberry Fizz to Great Hall Gooseberry Fool, they’re all here, along with dozens of other favorites sure to turn young hands into seasoned chefs, illustrated in full color with all the charm and magic that is Redwall. A gift like no other for fans of the series, old or new.

Star Trek Cookbook
Pocketbook/Star Trek, January 1999
Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
Is there one food that humans, Klingons, Bajorans, and Vulcans would like? If so, what would it taste like? How would you prepare it? Could you find all the ingredients locally?

This is the task that faces Neelix, chef for the U.S.S. Voyager

Ethan Phillips, in the persona of Neelix, and William J. Birnes, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Day After Roswell, throw wide the vaults of interstellar haute cuisine, revealing for the first time the secret preparation techniques behind all those exotic dishes and drinks. The favorite foods of characters from every Star Trek series and movie are here, all adapted for easy use in twentieth-century kitchens. The Star Trek Cookbook also features a complete guide for whipping up the all the drinks served at Quark's.

Fun, and easy to use, the Star Trek Cookbook is your indispensable guide to the food of the stars!

Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
The Star Wars Cookies
Chronicle Books, September 1988
Spiralbound, 132 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos are just the beginning when the Force is with you in the kitchen. Wookiee Cookies is your invitation to fine culinary experiences in the Star Wars frame of mind. From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. With hilarious photos and safety tips for cooking on Earth as well as in most space stations, Wookiee Cookies even includes a sheet of shiny Star Wars stickers. Age is no issue when it comes to Star Wars cuisine-kids as well as adults will have a great time with this book. Whether you drove to your first Star Wars flick or just had your fifth birthday, there's no reason you can't whip up some Crazy Cantina Chili at near light speed.

And a kit with cookie cutters:

Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones, and Other Galactic Goodies 
The Star Wars Cookbook
Chronicle Books, May 23, 2012
64 pages with 3 metal cookie cutters

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
May the Force be with all aspiring Jedi cooks as they use Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2-D2–shaped cookie cutters to create 30 sweet and savory treats! From Chocolate Chewies to Obi-Wan Tons, this galactic cookbook features easy-to-make recipes for Star Wars–themed treats that will delight any Jedi appetite.

The Star Wars Cookbook II
Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes
Chronicle Books, July 2000
Spiralbound, 60 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
Even the pickiest of Gungans will eat their fruits and veggies when Bubble City Salad and Boss Nass Broccoli are on the menu. With this exciting new sequel to the best-selling The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes, Star Wars fans of all ages can cook up more out-of-this-world fun. From razor-toothed Opee's Sea Crunch (for fish fillets with a real bite) to Darth Double Dogs (doubling as a light saber you can eat!), this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. Featuring hilarious photographs and recipes and wipe-clean pages, The Star Wars Cookbook II even includes a shiny plastic stencil of Darth Maul to help decorate culinary creations. And age is no issue when the Force is with you-adults as well as kids will have a great time with this book.

True Blood
Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps
Chronicles Books, August 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012
True Blood, HBO’s blockbuster paranormal drama, enthralls a diverse audience of 13 million viewers (and counting). Menus at the now-famous Fangtasia and Merlotte’s Bar and Grill play a key role in the series, providing sustenance for its human characters, evoking memories of a bygone life for its vampires, and serving as a powerful symbol for the desires and carnal needs the characters harbor. It’s no wonder so many fans revel in at-home parties inspired by the food on the series! With recipes from unforgettable scenes, each entertainingly introduced by True Blood’s most compelling characters, these 85 authentic bayou country recipes and 150-plus photos from the series give fans a big taste of Bon Temps.

© 2012 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. True Blood and related trademarks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

In Part 2 - Unofficial cookbooks, Zombie Cupcakes, Ghoulish Goodies...
Melanie's Week in Review  - June 23, 2013Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 1 - December 7, 2012

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