Mighty Red Pen

December 28, 2011

This is not your Betty Crocker cookbook

Filed under: Lit review,Pop culture — mighty red pen @ 5:30 pm
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Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks the notion of  a cookbook inspired by The Hunger Games is totally bizarre, regardless of how “unofficial” it might be.

From the Amazon page:

“Here’s some advice. Stay alive.” —Haymitch Abernathy

When it comes to The Hunger Games, staying alive means finding food any way possible. Katniss and Gale hunt live game, Peeta’s family survives on the bread they make, and the inhabitants of the Seam work twelve-hour days for a few handfuls of grain—all while the residents of the Capitol gorge themselves on delicacies and desserts to the heart’s desire.

For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including:

  • French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery
  • Katniss’s Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums
  • Rue’s Roasted Parsnips
  • Gale’s Bone-Pickin’ Big Game Soup
  • Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake

If you’re starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite!

Creative? Okay, yeah, sure. The recipes are obviously inspired by a careful read of the books. There are little touches like “Notes from Your Sponsor” that would probably appeal to the diehard fan.

But unbelievably creepy? Hell yeah. This is not Eat, Pray, Love, people, in which a cookbook that ties into the story about a woman who spends a year eating and writing about delicious food might make sense. This is, after all, a cookbook inspired by a series called The Hunger Games, in which the main characters spend the majority of the time starving or trying to figure out how not to starve. It’s a series in which food=power is one of the major themes. The word hunger is a big part of the title. Yes, food is a significant part of the story, but I wouldn’t say that’s in a good way.

I mean, what’s next? The Twilight phlebotomy kit?

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