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Cassandra Reeder Author Of The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Fantasy Foods
By Cassandra Reeder

Who am I?

I am a food blogger and cookbook author who has been making up recipes for fictional foods from fantasy and science fiction since I was old enough to walk and talk. I love building a bridge between stories, imagination, fandom and food. For over a decade, with a lot of research and some really bad puns, I have been helping other geeks and nerds all over the world make their fictional food fantasies come true.

I wrote...

The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Fantasy Foods

By Cassandra Reeder,

Book cover of The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Fantasy Foods

What is my book about?

Eat your way through the most legendary foods from the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and more, with over 70 recipes of the most delicious and nerdiest eats as realistically imagined by Cassandra Reeder aka The Geeky Chef. Whether you binge sci-fi TV shows, rewatch cult films, get addicted to MMORPGs, or read all the fantasy book series, The Geeky Chef Cookbook has your fictional food fantasies covered.

The books I picked & why

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A Treasury of Great Recipes: Famous Specialties of the World's Foremost Restaurants Adapted for the American Kitchen

By Mary Price, Vincent Price, Victoria Price

Book cover of A Treasury of Great Recipes: Famous Specialties of the World's Foremost Restaurants Adapted for the American Kitchen

Why this book?

Aptly named, this is one of my most treasured cookbooks. Some folks may not know that the stylish and sophisticated horror movie legend, Vincent Price, was also a serious foodie. This book is more than just a cookbook, it’s a historical document, an art book, a memoir, a love story and a world adventure. Its beautifully and lovingly written and every recipe I’ve tried has been fantastic.

Nanny Ogg's Cookbook

By Stephen Briggs, Paul Kidby, Terry Pratchett

Book cover of Nanny Ogg's Cookbook

Why this book?

Written by the late and great Terry Pratchett himself, this is obviously a must-have for any Discworld fanatic. The actual recipes in this tome range from questionable to delightful, the “narrator,” Nanny Ogg, is the real star of the show. Nanny Ogg’s er… life advice, this book will have you giggling and the recipes will have you intrigued.

Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook

By Fannie Flagg,

Book cover of Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook

Why this book?

It was impossible to not salivate while reading Fannie Flagg lovingly describe the delicious southern dishes in her iconic novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. This book is the companion cookbook to the novel and it has recipes for deep-fried chicken, bourbon-chocolate pecan pie, pork chops with apples and sweet potatoes and, of course, fried green tomatoes. I realize that I hardly need to say more, but… that’s not even the best part. Fannie’s signature sense of humor shines throughout this beautiful book. (Don’t worry, the pulled pork is made with actual pork!)

The Redwall Cookbook

By Brian Jacques,

Book cover of The Redwall Cookbook

Why this book?

This little cookbook is beautifully illustrated and quite simply, magical. Fans of The Redwall series know that it was filled with delightful feasts made and enjoyed by its equally delightful woodland characters. The recipes in this book are based on the novels and arranged by seasons, which I find really immersive and fun. A sip of Strawberry Fizz in the summertime, a gulp of spicy hotroot soup in winter… It really makes you feel like a fieldmouse nestled in your cozy little burrow.

Roald Dahl's Cookbook

By Roald Dahl,

Book cover of Roald Dahl's Cookbook

Why this book?

Between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl’s work was a big part of my childhood and I’m far from alone there. Although the man himself left behind a complicated legacy, this cookbook is full of nothing but love, memories, and highly amusing anecdotes. The highlight recipes for me are the rose-petal sorbet, the almond soup, and, well, the entire chocolate section. Yes, there’s an entire section of the cookbook dedicated to chocolate.

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