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The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" - More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by the Hunger Games Trilogy (The Hunger Games Companions)

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"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 a
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Adams Media (first published November 1st 2011)
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Dec 04, 2015 karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eats
i forgot i had already reviewed this book, but i did use it to make part of my literary thanksgiving (view spoiler) so i guess i'm just going to have to tack on MOAR REIVEW to this review but here's the cliffs notes - everything i have made from this book has been delicious, so "hunger" games, my ass. ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Jaime rated it liked it
Please note: the pokeweed listing in the appendix of this cookbook is DANGEROUSLY incomplete. Unless you know what you're doing, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COOK POKEWEED! ALL PARTS OF THE PLANT ARE POISONOUS! While the book does suggest that boiling it will make the leaves edible, boiling it once will not remove all of the poison (it also smells horrid when boiling.) The water must be changed AT LEAST TWICE. In addition, pokeweed can only be harvested when the plant is small (early Spring only.) If the p ...more
Feb 02, 2012 May rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks, read-2012
As a an unofficial companion to the "Hunger Games" trilogy, this book will definitely appeal to the fans. I actually enjoy reading the brief description with reference to the dish or ingredient prior to each recipe. It's been awhile since I have read the books so these little descriptions was a terrific reminder of the story. Some of them were also revelations to me because there was so much happening in the books that I had forgotten or didn't realize all of the symbolism with some of the refer ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of The Hunger Games and good cookin
Shelves: cookbooks, five-star
I love to cook, and the Hunger Games Trilogy is one of my favorite book series. My sister got me this book for Christmas as something of a joke, but it actually has a lot of great recipes. It's fun to see the author make connections and interpretations between the books and food, especially when they end up being tongue in cheek.

The recipes are also great. I was worried that they would be generic--they really aren't, particularly in the poultry section.

One thing that a lot of people seem to mi
May 05, 2013 Desiree rated it did not like it
Again, as I did with the author's Unofficial Downton Abbey cookbook, I have to give this a one. No pictures. Did she even make these herself before putting them in the book? Putting in recipes that aren't even really recipes, that everyone knows how to do, is she just trying to fill up space to say there are 150 recipes in it? Recipes with meat that you can only really use if you or someone you know is a hunter (and a very good one in order to catch a squirrel), and a lot of grammatical and stor ...more
Lucas Franklin
Apr 17, 2012 Lucas Franklin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
It has a recipe for Cinna Buns-what more do I need to say.
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
I adore cookbooks, don't ask me why. The entire bookcase nook off my kitchen is stuffed with them and there are several more individual books sprinkled around the place. I also love novels which feature food, and not just food but descriptive food. Entire meals, banquets, feasts, ales and punches and liqueurs. Food which draws me into the story and gives me an idea of the people involved, who's suffering through hardships, who's living the high life, why they're celebrating. So, quite naturally, ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Kara rated it it was amazing

This past weekend I made the District 3 Rolls and the Capital Grade Dark Chocolate Cake. Yum!

Food in the Hunger Games trilogy is loaded with meaning. Nothing is mentioned by accident – every single food item underlines what is happening in the books, and this cookbook is an excellent way to dig deeper into just how important food is to this trilogy.

The book is filled with delicious recipes, both decadent dishes reflecting the ultra rich Capital and basic hunt- and-forage type food that would be
Jan 17, 2013 Karen! rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
As far as cookbooks go, this one is pretty standard for a beginner or a teenager, which I presume is the primary target audience. I enjoyed that the author made attempts to link the recipes to the trilogy. While a lot of the recipes have good Hunger Games roots (mint tea, Peeta's bread, etc.), many of them....don't.

Many of the soups came off as more "Well, Greasy-Sae was always making soup, so I'm sure she made something like this soup..."

But you knew they were getting desperate when they came-u
Apr 27, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
This book basically takes really good recipes from other sources and adapts them to fit in with a "Hunger Games" theme. I admire the author's taste in recipes as well as her audacity in repackaging these recipes to take advantage of the trilogy's popularity. File that under "W" for "Wish I'd thought of it." Most of them have decent ingredients, although one that I saw, which is basically Red Lobster garlic/cheesy bread, uses Bisquick. The copy that accompanies the recipes is inventive and its ow ...more
Laurie Carroll
Mar 12, 2012 Laurie Carroll rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-books
This cookbook is surprisingly filled with simple, good-for-you, easy to make recipes. All ingredients are clean, fresh, whole foods. Ok, I'm not sure if wild dog would be considered in that category, but you could always substitute beef or venison. I made the black bean soup last week - delicious!
Poor as Folk
Dec 13, 2014 Poor as Folk rated it it was amazing
Read with library digital loan thinking how it might be kinda cute to have a Hunger Games themed dinner but now I need to own my own copy.
There are so many great every day recipes in this for hunters & foragers (and gardeners/homesteaders).

Jul 26, 2015 Maud rated it really liked it
Great cookbook for any fans of The Hunger Games! I did miss some pictures though but other than that it was perfect :)
Dec 27, 2016 Lisa rated it did not like it
Unofficial for sure. I would love for Suzanne Collins to come out with something like this in collaboration with a baker, that would be so awesome. This however did not meet the Hunger Games expectation. First of all no pictures at all. That in itself is publishing suicide. The only upside was that the titles were cute and there was a paragraph for explaining the reason for this dish and where in the book it would have been mentioned. But all in all this book was AWFUL!!!
Jul 23, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it
My Grade = 88% -

This was a very clever book. I checked it out on Google and found that there is also an Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook - I'll have to check that one out at Barnes and Noble.....

Anyway, the Hunger Games Trilogy is very much about food - from the very beginning of the first book when Katniss brings Prim's basil wrapped goat cheese, picks some wild raspberries, and shares it with Gale who has brought a freshly baked roll that he traded a squirrel to Mr. Mellark for.

So, the book
Kitten Kisser
Sep 10, 2014 Kitten Kisser rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
I've had this book for several months now & so far I've only used it to make one recipe. Time after time I grab it for a recipe idea & end up putting it down & using a recipe from a different source. It's rather unbelievable to me that I've had such poor luck in finding suitable recipes! The book is loaded with them! No "food porn" pictures. No pictures at all. Just page after page of recipes with a little Hunger Games info thrown in.

Next, I have read the entire series & I find i
Tiffany Day
Feb 21, 2012 Tiffany Day rated it really liked it
The recipes themselves are not necessarily remarkable. There's an entire section devoted to game like raccoon et al that's not readily available to those in urban/suburban locales. Others are clearly just very loosely inspired by the book(s). There are a few, though, that seem to make the mark (for example, the goat cheese balls on basil leaves were fantastic; we served them on the Mellark french bread alongside blackberries to recreate the meal Katniss shared with Gale before the Reaping Day fe ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Like a lot of book/movie cookbook tie-ins, I was prepared for this book to be a little goofy. Some of the text is, but a lot of it is actually pretty good. Lots of the recipes sound interesting to try--especially the bread and dessert ones--though I don't think I'll be attempting anything from the "Wild Game for Wild Girls" chapter (Wild Raccoon Sauteed in Bacon Drippings, anyone?). The author attempts to have recipes that both sound like the fancy, rich things they eat at the Capitol and the si ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Bunny rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, read-in-14
My niece's tablet was stolen, along with her copy of the Hunger Games audiobook, so I went looking to see if my library's ebook catalog had it. Spotted this and cocked an eyebrow. 'Cause Hunger Games? Is people starving.

I do have to give credit, the recipes for the districts are very cleverly done. Though I really really hate goat cheese, so a lot of them aren't relevant for me.

The Capitol recipes are better, and sound fantastic. I was especially pleased at the recipe for the lamb stew, which
Aug 18, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, dystopia
It just makes sense to create a cookbook based on the thrilling trilogy that revolves around hunger.

Each recipe has a corresponding book/chapter reference, a blurb about the characters' involvement with the food, and "Tips from Your Sponsor," which are interesting and helpful tips to keep in mind while following recipes. And let me tell you, there are a TON of recipes in this book. All recipes sound delicious, but there were some for squirrel, beaver, muskrat... I'm thinking the chicken option??
M Strawberry
Nov 14, 2012 M Strawberry rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
This is a cool cookbook, but caution is a must. Many of the recipes call for exotic things (whether it be flora that can not easily be obtained at your grocery store) or animals that you normally do not eat (raccoon, for example) so while I say go ahead and give this cookbook a try, this cookbook is more for the experienced cook. Some of the recipes have a high yield, so you want to try halving the recipe, depending on who you are cooking for. Some of the recipes have more common ingredients and ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Jez rated it it was amazing
This. I can't explain how happy this made me when I flicked through it on my birthday late last month.

I've yet to create some of the awesome recipes it inholds. It has a hell of a lot of recipes, I don't know if I'll be able to create them all! From District 11’s signature bread to Finnick and Annie’s wedding cake. Some of the recipes particularly got my attention, especially the district breads! It doesn’t have all of them but as I remember it has 11’s, 12’s and 13’s. It has a few of the Mellar
Dec 23, 2011 Jack rated it it was amazing
I got this as a Christmas present for my mum, and it is a really good, informative book that puts a personal creative element into the Hunger Games. Recreating things such as Finnick & Annie's wedding cake, Katniss' Cheese Buns and other recipes is great, and I can't wait to try some of them.

Only downside I have to this is that it has some grammatical errors to it, and some of the ingredients are virtually impossible to buy (E.G. Squirrels), but apart from that it is brilliant and great fun!
Feb 01, 2012 Agraywolfe is currently reading it
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves this book and or Cooking
Recommended to Agraywolfe by: Santa did with a nudge from me.
I am loving every recipe of this book. I have made several. I have a picky eater for a husband so I was not sure he would eat the things I was making. Well I was wrong. I have made the Wild Dog Optional Beef Stew and I think I got one serving out of the 6 it made. My husband downed it for the next two days. And he said the left overs were even better after letting everything meld together. I am working my way though this book on my blog on blogspot. I can't wait to get started on the next recipe ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
Many of these recipes are rather generic, easily found in other cookbooks and online. There are absolutely no pictures, which makes for rather bland reading. Most frustrating? The author repeats recipes between her books, which is just plain lazy. So frustrating...there was easily a good cookbook tie in to be had with the Hunger Games...but this is so not it! The rather lame attempts to tie the overly generic recipes in with the HG trilogy just ended up frustrating me. Over all, as a fan of the ...more
Natalie Wright
Dec 27, 2011 Natalie Wright rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I LOVE this book. Got it for my birthday from my hubby & was so happy that he found something that combined two of my favorite things - cooking and The Hunger Games! If you love the Hunger Games, pick this up.
As a cookbook, the only problem is that a large number of the recipes call for game meat or other ingredients that are not widely available. That makes it more authentic of course, but not as useful as a cookbook.
I'll definitely be cooking from this book but mostly it is enjoyable as a
Mar 14, 2012 Kruti rated it liked it
A great tie-in to the HG books. I think I speak for most people when I say I spent quite alot of time salivating whilst reading the books. The author definitely puts in the extra attention to detail and I especially love the extra notes she makes that links the recipes to the exact part in the series. I can imagine the people of Panem tucking into some of these recipes.

I can't wait to try out some of the recipes, especially Katniss' favourite cheese buns and even Finnick & Annie's wedding:
Jan 16, 2013 M rated it liked it
Shelves: biblioteca, 2013
Wow, I am actually impressed. I expected this to be chockablock full of chicken and beef substitute recipes for the various game meats eaten during the series. Nope, there are recipes for muskrat,beaver and squirrel in here too. Nice selection of recipes from breakfast foods, breads, stews, vegetables, meat dishes and desserts. Excellent attention to detail as each recipe includes a reference to the book and chapter said dish is consumed.

I checked this out from the library. I might have to add t
Morninglight Mama
Feb 04, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary, nonfiction
Okay, sounds silly, but I was really intrigued by the amount of insight the author had about the role of food in The Hunger Games trilogy. When I re-read THG after browsing most of the way through this book, I was struck by how on target she was about the deeper meanings behind the food served in the story. I can't say that I'll be trying many of these recipes any time soon, but I did find it interesting to read! (Thanks to hubby who pulled it off the library shelf for me!)
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Emily Ansara Baines is the author of two cookbooks: The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook and The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. She has also worked as a professional baker and caterer throughout the East Coast, most recently in New York City.

She he graduated with honors from the University of Southern California where she studied creative writing under Aimee Bender and T.C. Boyle. Her short st
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“The Capitol is all about superficial change: people’s appearances change frequently, outfits change, and the decadent dishes that they eat change often as well. It’s quite likely that when Katniss and Peeta are given breakfast, there are a variety of potato options from which they can choose. While not the healthiest dish, this recipe makes for a hot and crispy meal that would make even the poised Effie Trinket loose her cool! (The Hunger Games, Chapter 4) Yields 4 servings 1 pound baking potatoes, shredded 1⁄4 cup green onions, chopped 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 large egg 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying) Kosher salt and grated black pepper to taste” 0 likes
“Regardless of which world you choose to cook from, the recipes in this cookbook are a fun and delicious way for you and your family to transport yourselves alongside Katniss, Peeta, and Gale while they fight for their freedom—and the right to a full stomach. Enjoy!” 0 likes
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