True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps
by Gianna Sobol and Alan Ball with Karen Sommer Shalett;
recipes by Marcelle Bienvenu
This True Blood cookbook is the latest in a long line of themed cookbooks. (For you Game of Thrones fans, A Feast of Ice and Fire arrived earlier this year.) Although novelty cookbooks are more for collectors of pop culture memorabilia (aka fanboys and fangirls), this one actually contains some interesting, not to mention tasty, Cajun, Low-Country, and Southern recipes. Presented as if the characters were speaking directly to you, this book also features glossy on-set photos from locations in the show based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels.
First up is the Drinks to Die For chapter, but unless you’re hosting a viewing party skip this section. Most of these concoctions call for the Tru Blood drink, or the homemade equivalent. (If you’re on the search for new cocktails recipes, go here.) Head straight to the Home Cookin‘ section for the standout recipes up-in-arms biscuits and gravy, and beautifully broken bisque. The Eating Out in Bon Temps chapter includes Merlotte’s staples fancy shrimp cocktail, all mixed up red beans and rice, and did I kiss your grits. Let us not forget dessert! The classic chess pie recipe featured is truly a sweet classic from the Southern dinner table.