Geeky Cookbooks

Planning a May 4th Star Wars party—or getting your geek on for a Game of Thrones screening with friends? Whatever you nerd out about, there's a cookbook to add some flair (and food) to your next gathering.

motherboard_cake_0.jpg

When one of our Library colleagues retired—an IT guy—I made this motherboard cake from Nerdy Nummies in his honor. It was an instant hit!


Compiled by:
Paula G. O.
Debbie Brown's Magical Cakes

Debbie Brown
Adult Nonfiction – 641.8653 Bro

If you're into fantasy geekdom, these magical cakes are great inspiration for your next celebration. All of the recipes use gumpaste frosting for more life-like dragons, fairies, wizards and other magical creatures (detailed instructions are throughout the book). The owl and books cake on the cover are an excellent addition to any Harry Potter party.


Extreme Cakeovers: Make Showstopping Desserts from Store-Bought Ingredients

Rick Reichart
Adult Nonfiction – 641.8653 Rei

Not all the recipes here are strictly geek-themed—but a majority are appropriately nerdy. Detailed instructions and great pictures for creating the tasty centerpiece of your party: create everything from the robot on the cover for your sci-fi film screening, to a realistic-looking sushi platter cake perfect for an anime party. I also really adore the retro game console and turntable cakes.


A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook

Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, Sariann Lehrer
Adult Nonfiction – 641.59 Mon

Choose from among a fantastic variety of choices to create dishes similar to those found in the Game of Thrones series. Medieval and Roman versions of these recipes—along with more modern takes—are presented; quotations from the books precede each recipe to help you locate its place in the story. 


The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and More

Cassandra Reeder
Adult Nonfiction – 641.5 Ree

The wider world of geekiness—especially video games—is represented here. Includes recipes from Babylon 5, Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, Bioshock, Adventure Time, Star Trek and more. You might want to try Mudder's Milk (Firefly) or Soylent Green (not people in this case, thankfully).


The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us

Rosanna Pansino
Adult Nonfiction – 641.86 Pan

Geek out with Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies [YouTube] fame. I got the recipe for the motherboard cake I made in the "Tech & Web" chapter—and there are entire chapters on Space, Gaming, Sci-fi & Fantasy (where fans learn to make unicorn poop cookies), and Math & Science. Someday I'll make the geode candy cupcakes for my geologist husband.


The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook

Matthew Mead
Juvenile Nonfiction – J 641.5123 Mea

Whether you're planning a superhero party, or just want a special treat for Free Comic Book Day, this cookbook has super ideas. Awesome ideas for all types of eating occasions—and even stencils for creating superhero symbols. Green Arrow Kebobs, Boy Wonder BLTs, and Aquaman Tuna Wrap (with goldfish crackers on the side, of course)—they're all a great way to inject "super powers" into any meal.


Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook

Theresa Carle-Sanders
Adult Nonfiction – 641.5 Car

Travel back to the days of Outlander with recipes for everything from Scotch eggs to dumplings in Cross Creek. Old recipes researched, then updated to today's standards and readily available ingredients. Binge watch the series or read the books while you taste a bit of the time period.


The Pokémon Cookbook: Easy and Fun Recipes

Maki Kudo
Juvenile Nonfiction – J 641.5 Kud

Create cute Pokémon from a variety of foods, many in bento box style with rice. Easy-to-follow recipes and instructions on cutting and shaping foods to look like characters.

 


The Redwall Cookbook

Brian Jacques
Juvenile Nonfiction – J 641.5 Ja

Fans of Redwall know that food is a big part of the storyline—those little creatures really love to eat! Just as the series celebrates food for different times of the year, these recipes are divided by season. Finally find out exactly how to fix Mole's Favourite Deeper'n'Ever Turnip'n'Tater'n'Beatroot Pie, and serve it up at your own Autumn harvest feast.


The Star Wars Cookbook II: Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes

Wesley Martin, Frankie Frankeny
Instantly available on Hoopla

Recipes for cleverly-named dishes like Qui-Gon Jinn-ger snaps and Darth Malt. Geared towards kids, so instructions are easy to follow.

eBook available directly from Hoopla


The Star Wars Party Book: Recipes and Ideas for Galactic Occasions

Mikyla Bruder
Juvenile Nonfiction – J 793.21 Br

Geared to kids, but some great ideas for anyone planning a Star Wars party here. The Clone Trooper cupcakes are super cute, and Jabba's Juice or the Gungan Grapefruit Gulp  are fun concoctions to mix up; if you're looking for activities, try a Death Star piñata, or Imperial bowling. 


The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Dinah Bucholz
Juvenile Nonfiction – J 641.5942 Buc

The Harry Potter series is full of traditional English fare, as well as treats unique to the magical realm—from pumpkin pasties and Yorkshire pudding to sugar mice and fizzy sherbet pouches. This book shares recipes of both types, along with reference to their place in the book series.


The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook from Lamb Stew to "Groosling"—More than 150 Recipes Inspired by the Hunger Games Trilogy

Emily Ansara Baines
Available from Overdrive

Preparing for a dystopian future—or just a Hunger Games fanatic? Either way, you'll experience the trilogy all over again with these recipes for commoners in the Districts, as well as the upper crust in the Capitol. Try the Apocalyptic Eggs Benedict or Peeta's Cinnamon Bakery Bread.

eBook available directly from Overdrive