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Horror baking for Halloween

Horror … baking. These are not words I normally think of coming as a set. Nevertheless, here is a post at Book Riot, detailing eighteen … cookbooks, of a sort. Some look like they’re more cookbooky and some perhaps less so. Here’s the first one on the list:

CANNIBAL KITCHEN: A HORROR LOVER’S COOKBOOK BY SHANNON RULLO

Hmm. From Amazon, this list of categories included in the Cannibal Kitchen cookbook:

  • Frightening Fingerfoods
  • Sadistic Sides
  • Slasher Soups
  • Paranormal Pastas
  • Zombie-Plagued Pizzas
  • Maniacal Main Courses
  • B-Rated Desserts

Okay, that … could be fun? I am a bit concerned about what sort of pizza might be offered. Actually, the reviews indicate that the recipes are just normal recipes with cute names. I do feel the author of a horror cookbook should go to some trouble to create weird but tasty recipes, or write normal recipes in a weird way, or choose recipes that really suit the theme, or all three.

DECEPTIVE DESSERTS: A LADY’S GUIDE TO BAKING BAD BY CHRISTINE MCCONNELL

In Deceptive Desserts, each dessert is a work of art—some a little twisted, others magical—but every recipe inspires readers to create their own rules without spending a fortune. Why can’t crab cakes be a delicious pink-frosted dessert? And if you’re stuck hosting a bridal shower, why not create an actual Bridezilla cake to match the bride’s ego?

“Hmm” is going to be my response to a lot of these books, I guess. I’m trying to decide if the crab cakes are made of crab or if we’re talking about a cake that looks like a crab. Given the title of the book, I guess the latter is more likely.

THE WALKING DEAD: THE OFFICIAL COOKBOOK AND SURVIVAL GUIDE BY LAUREN WILSON AND YUNHEE KIM

Hmm. Evidently this one includes sections on foraging for wild foods after the zombie apocalypse, which is a fun idea to include in this kind of book.

There are a bunch more. A zombie-themed cookbook. A book called “The Wicked Baker.” A book called “A Little Kitchen of Horrors.”

Okay, that is amusing. Gross, but amusing.

I wondered if this post would include the one book that sprang to mind for me when I saw the them:

And yes, there it is! This is a very funny, very well-written cookbook that I actually own. In this case, the recipes are written in a Lovecraftian style (and rewritten in a more normal style in a long index, in case you can’t interpret the instructions).

I’ve made several recipes from Necronomnomnom, and all of them have been quite good.

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