Second Look: The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines

I know this isn’t the usual type of fare we review on AtLP. But speaking of unusual fare, I guarantee you even Betty Crocker would have been scandalized by some of the oddball recipes in here.

If you like to cook or bake, it’s actually a pretty cool cookbook. Granted, I’ve only had the book in my possession for about 6 hours so I obviously haven’t tried to make anything yet. But I won’t lie… some of these recipes are freaking disgusting. And I only say that because once you’ve had a pet rabbit, you can’t even begin to imagine the thought of cooking one up for stew. So sue me. I’m a little biased.

The cookbook is set up into different categories, such as breakfasts (“Breakfast of Champions”), appetizers (“Humble Beginnings”), wild game dishes, (“Wild Game for Wild Girls”), and poultry dishes (“Don’t Call Me Chicken – Poultry Dishes for the Brave”). Katniss’s Family Book of Herbs is included in the Appendix, which makes you feel connected to the Everdeen family in a very rural sort of way.

Each recipe also has a summary of how it’s related to The Hunger Games, plus which book it came from and the page number where you can find the reference.

Some of the off-the-wall recipes include:

  • Grilled Tree Rat with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
  • Fightin’ Fried Squirrel
  • President Snow’s Sauteed Dove Breasts in Bacon Drippings
  • Hazelle’s Beaver Stew with Rosemary Potatoes (Yes. The first ingredient is an actual beaver. A 6 lb. one to be exact.)

I’m fairly certain you could swap out a more desirable meat if wild rats aren’t your thing (or if you don’t happen to have any in the back alley behind your home). There are however some really, really awesome-sounding dishes and treats, such as…

  • Apocalyptic Eggs Benedict
  • Capital Creamy Spinach Fettuccine
  • Heart of Ice Frozen Hot Chocolate
  • Orange You Glad I’m Chicken
  • The Taste of Gale’s Kiss: Sweet Orange Cake

And, of course, there’s the obligatory recipes for Groosling, Lamb Stew with Plums, and my personal favorite, Finnick and Annie’s Wedding Apple Cider (everyone say it with me now… AWWW!!!!) The desserts all sound SO AMAZING and I won’t lie, I can’t wait to make some of them.

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook definitely is not for everyone, and you have to seriously enjoy cooking/baking to get into the recipes. But it’s still fun to look through for any HG fan, even if just for the references alone.

OFFICIAL RATING: 7.5/10

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