I have too many cookbooks. Actually, I have a relatively small number compared to many folks, but it’s too many for me and my little bitty kitchen. To prevent shelf overcrowding (and not have to explain yet another cookbook purchase) I hit up my local library to find The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder.
Cassandra does a great job of hitting up many different fandoms. Recipes in this book come from TV, movies, books, and video games, ensuring there’s something for every one. There are also two newer cookbooks, one exclusively dedicated to fictional drinks. Obviously, you’ll find something that sounds good to you given the range that the recipes cover.
The recipes are generally simple without too many “weird” ingredients. Most of them can be made with supplies you have on hand. There are also lots of pictures, which is huge. I hate a cookbook with no pictures. How am I supposed to know how badly I missed the mark if I can’t see what it’s supposed to look like?
I made two recipes out of the book. Lemon cakes from Game of Thrones and an elixir from Zelda. The lemon cakes were super moist and tasty. My kids found the candied lemon slice a bit off-putting, so I would probably leave that off and just use a nice tangy glaze if I made these again.
The elixir was essentially a pureed veggie soup. It was good, but I would’ve liked more seasoning. I added sriracha to mine to add some more flavor and a nice kick.
Overall, I would definitely recommend checking this book out if you’re looking to venture into fandom food and are looking for a starting point. Or, if you just don’t want to make the commitment to a cookbook that focuses on just one series/movie/book.