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February 27, 2013

6 Best TV-Themed Cookbooks That Will Get You Excited About Cooking

The best things about our favorite TV shows are the characters and all the drama and hijinks they get up to. But we can’t forget the most important thing of all: the food.

Ever watch an episode of Desperate Housewives and wondered how Bree makes her perfect Boston Lettuce and Chili-Toasted Walnut Salad, or how you can get in on the Misery Meatloaf from Friends?

You’re not the only one who’s drooled over the Little House on the Prairie dishes or were inspired to cook a Sopranos-esque dish. So before you get too hungry, take a look these 6 best TV-themed cookbooks that will get you excited about cooking.

Game of Thrones: A Feast of Ice & Fire

No one describes food better than Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. Venture along the Seven Kingdoms and across the narrow sea to feast on the sumptuous dishes that will greet you along the way.

Have fun in the kitchen preparing culinary delights from King’s Landing, warm and smokey foods from the frozen North and exotic delicacies from the lands east of Westeros.

If you’re like me, you’ve already made the legendary spiced wine and decided it was awesome. There’s plenty more recipes to try like Breakfast at Winterfell, Dothraki Blood Pie and Honeyed Chicken. Refresh your gullet with Wilding Cider and Metheglin Mead.

Get cooking and eating with these decadent dishes. Remember, winter is coming.

The Sopranos Family Cookbook

Photo credit: Faith Wiegand/Amazon.com

Afraid of getting your hands dirty in the kitchen? Fuggedaboutit. Get these Sopranos inspired recipes down pat before you’re swimming with the fishes.

What does a mafia family from New Jersey like to dine on? Pasta, of course. Get the best baked ziti recipe from The Sopranos Family Cookbook. Dine on arancini (fried rice balls), sweet zabaglione dessert, baccala (dried and salted cod) and decadent quail, Sinatra-style. But if you’re like Paulie and you want something simple, there’s always macaroni and gravy.

Make sure you’re not missing out on the pasta fazool, which combines cannellini beans and ditalini pasta, or the Giambott – a delicious vegetable medley. Don’t say I don’t do anything for ya.

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

It ain’t easy being this dapper and delicious. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook will take you back in time to the ‘60s where fondue, Tang and soul food reigned supreme. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom like Betty Draper, a workaholic like Peggy or a siren like Joan, you’ll go ape for these recipes, you dig?

What’s Mad Men without a little happy hour? Make the best Don Draper-inspired martinis to get you through the perils of running your own ad agency. Try out Joan’s famous crown roast that she made in her tiny apartment, or the classic Caesar salad that the men of Sterling Cooper couldn’t do without. A Mad Men inspired cookbook? Right on!

Cooking with Friends

We all wished we were the seventh buddy on Friends. Imagine hanging out at Central Perk, listening to Phoebe sing “Smelly Cat” and hanging out with Monica, Chandler, Rachel and Joey. Best TV fantasy I can think of.

Well, since we can’t join our Friends in TV land, we can at least eat like them. Try recipes that would satisfy a range of appetites including Monica’s keen culinary palate and Joey’s love of sandwiches.

Try simple comfort foods for when “it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.” There’s a Stay-at-Home Pasta, Misery Meatloaf and Italian Almond Biscotti. Don’t forget the Adults-Only Mac and Cheese. The cookbook is chock full of photos and quotes from the hit TV show. We recommend you put Cooking with Friends next to your Friends DVD box set. These recipes will always “be there for yooooooou.” (I’ll stop now.)

Desperate Housewives Cookbook: Juicy Dishes and Saucy Bits

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Every housewife has her little secrets. Just ask the women from Wisteria Lane:  Susan, Bree, Lynette, Gabrielle and Mary Alice. Each housewife has her own distinct section of the cookbook. Try delicious recipes inspired by Bree’s pristine dishes to Susan’s simple home fixings.

We’d recommend you make your own three-course meal beginning with Bree’s Boston Lettuce and Chili-Toasted Walnut Salad, followed by Susan’s Shopping Bag Chicken, and finishing off with Lynette’s Wisteria Lane Icebox Napoleon dessert or the Secret Lemon Meringue Pie. Happy cooking!

Little House on the Prairie: The Little House Cookbook

We’ve saved the best for last. Don’t tell me I’m the only one with a full set of Little House books. I can’t be the only person who thought she was secretly the reincarnation of Laura Ingalls. I remember reading and re-reading these books and drooling over all the delicious goodies described on almost every page. The TV show was pretty good too, although I only watched a few episodes.

If only I could make my own butter, I sobbed into the covers. And the maple candy. Gah, the maple candy.

Well, wishes do come true. The Little House Cookbook will not only send you down memory lane, but it’ll leave your belly deliciously full with over 100 pioneer-inspired foods. Try baking scrumptious Little House Donuts or mouthwatering Pioneer Fried Chicken.

Roll up your sleeves and dust off your pinafore – get cooking with Laura Ingalls and the whole Ingalls fam.