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The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes and Drinks from The Beetle House, the Tim Burton and Salvador Dali-Inspired Restaurant

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Some like it goth! If you love movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, or The Evil Dead, then youll love the official cookbook of The Beetle House, the Tim Burton-inspired restaurant with locations in New York, Los Angeles, and more. Featuring chef and owner Zach Neils signature recipes like Edward Burger Hands, a juicy burger stuffed with smoked ...more
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Published September 4th 2018 by Race Point Publishing
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Mackey
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could think long and hard before coming up with a movie that I love more than The Nightmare Before Christmas. Tim Burton is and always will be one of my very favorite directors and Jack Pumpkin.. well, I just wish I was Sally!   So, when my Goodreads friend, RedemptionDenied, recommended this cookbook based on the movie, I literally begged to read and review it!

The Nightmare Before Dinner is a collection of over 60 (!) recipes that are featured at the Beetle House Restaurant in LA and NY. The
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Christopher
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Any major fan of Tim Burton might be familiar with Beetle House, a restaurant where its always Halloween. While taking inspiration from Burtons work, proprietor Zach Neil has crafted a menu that always hints at the fall season, with fresh and generous ingredients. Here, these recipes are collected in a sleek tome with a beautiful layout any Burton fan will love.

Any good cookbook needs perfect recipes and a great hook. Fortunately, The Nightmare Before Dinner delivers on both. It is light on
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Selena
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes and Drinks from The Beetle House, the Tim Burton and Salvador Dali-Inspired restaurant by Zach Neil.

Such a fun cookbook written with so much imagination and thought inspired recipes just in time for Halloween. Anyone can write just a normal cookbook. I hand it to Zach Neil for putting so much love, passion and time into these fun, imaginative recipes for the world to enjoy. I loved Zach Neil's introduction letting us, the reader,
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Gemma
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is awesome! I love it, the photos are mouth watering but I would have liked more through the book to be honest.
The recipies have brilliant names and are tasty.
The drink combinations are fabulous too.
I love the fact you have the option to change each recipie vegan.
The menu plans and table decoration are a wonderful addition to help you throw a quirky, unique and unforgettable dinner party.
This is a really original book and would make a great gift.
Schizanthus Nerd
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Beetlejuice!

I love that this book is a celebration of Halloween, horror culture and all things Burton-esque. The recipes are from Beetle House, a restaurant thats now on my bucket list because I need to experience the atmosphere and food, but more importantly its owner wasnt allowed to celebrate Halloween as a kid and has found a way to make it a daily occurrence. I celebrate people finding ways to triumph over any kind of repression, especially when they can turn it into creative expression, so
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Robin Bonne
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Perfect for Halloween! The recipes are inspired by a Tim Burton and horror themed restaurant. The recipes all have cute names, such as Sweeney Sauce, Evil Dead Shrimp, and Silence of the Lamb Chops. The page borders are lovely, spooky, and make for an aesthetically pleasing design.

There were color photos of about every other recipe. I would have given this cookbook 5 stars had there been a good photo for every recipe. I mostly read cookbooks for the food porn, and google recipes when Im
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Jennifer
Beetle House is a bar and restaurant located in New York and Los Angeles. It "pays tribute to its many inspirations from the work of Tim Burton, horror culture, and all things dark and lovely", and The Nightmare Before Dinner is their official cookbook. There are 60+ recipes for gourmet dishes, decadent desserts, and creative alcoholic drinks, along with ideas for themed parties accompanied by menus. The photography is stunning and features familiar but doctored up recipes that happen to be ...more
Sarah Theis
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to see my local bookstore had this cookbook! I've been *dying* to go to Beetle House ever since I heard about the Tim Burton inspired restaurant. These recipes are great, like Love It pot pie (ha like Mrs Lovitt from Sweeney Todd!) Or The Nine, a "neon-green appletini on steroids".
This book even comes with a chapter on themed parties, like which recipes to use for the appetizers, main course, dessert and cocktails. All with a list of suggested props and accessories and pictures
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Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
After being raised in a religious family that didn't allow Halloween celebrations, Zach Neil grew up to love the holiday so much he wanted to celebrate it every day.  That dream became a reality when he opened Beetle House, a Tim Burton-inspired restaurant full of creative and hearty autumn comfort food.

This cookbook contains seven chapters with clever names, covering everything from sauces (Sauces & Dips for the Recently Deceased), appetizers (Nightmares Before Dinner), soups and salads (
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Etienne
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I won't summarize the resume of the book (just read it...) but this is a cookbook of a restaurant mostly inspired by Tim Burton movies and general work. The recipes look delicious and the illustrations showing them look good. But... the horror or their inspiration are mostly in the name of the recipes. Lots of them could be name anything else, more casual, and it would be the exact same dishes... so a bit of a marketing thing/fraud here. I will say it again though, the recipes still look good ...more
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil is a recipe book that is sure to spark some creativity into your kitchen. This whimsical Tim Burton themed cookbook has so many fun and tasty ideas that can be created for any occasion. However, those seeking inspiration for a Halloween party will find everything they need to set the stage for a bash suitable for the King of Halloween himself.

Full review on The Candid Cover
Julia
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Am I allowed to say that this is a funny cookbook?

Inspired by Tim Burton's stories and the Beetle House restaurant, this book is perfect for the Halloween season.

The recipes have fun names, there are very interesting ingredients in the mix and there are a lot of substitute foods offered to make the recipes vegan if needed.
Sascha
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

I knew nothing about Beetle House when I was invited to review The Nightmare Before Dinner; however, I did know Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle(just kidding 😉 ). And what more incentive does the paranormal- and Halloween-loving person need to review a book when it contains recipes like Frogs Breath & Nightshade Risotto or Bloodbath Cobbler?

read more: https://saschadarlington.me/2018/10/0...
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Lauren Paletta
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun.
Rebecca Reviews
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zach Neils The Nightmare Before Dinner is a beautiful and unique themed cookbook filled with a range of deliciously spooky recipes that are fun and easy to follow. The book features everything from sauces to cocktails. There is even a section with ideas for hosting your own funky themed parties. If you love food, Halloween, and anything Tim Burton, this is definitely the cookbook for you!

This is the official cookbook of The Beetle House, the Tim Burton-inspired restaurant with locations in New
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Cathy Geha
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil
Recipes to Die For: The Official Beetle House Cookbook

Fun, quirky and intriguing sounding recipes with the emphasis on movies that have weird and perhaps death related topics this cookbook provides some insight into the restaurants in New York and Los Angeles that are named after the movie Beetle Juice. Having seen the movie long ago I thought, Why not see what is inside this book? and thus this review.

With options for meat eaters and vegans the recipes
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Diane Hernandez
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Nightmare before Dinner includes recipes used in the famous Beetle House restaurants in New York and Los Angeles.

There are chapters for sauces, appetizers, soups/salads, entrees, and desserts. Most look more tasty than scary though they do have clever names like Edward Burger Hands, Silence of the Lamb Chops, and Bloodbath Cobbler. The best part is the cocktail recipes that look both scary and tasty like the bubbling This is Halloween. Also included are menu and decor suggestions for four
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Beth
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Maybe I'm out of the loop, but I had no idea there was a horror/Tim Burton-themed restaurant (2 apparently - one in New York, one in L.A.). LOVE this idea! So naturally I was excited to check out The Beetle House's cookbook. While the recipe names, plating ideas (straight razors instead of steak knives!) and party theme suggestions were all really creative and funny, I wasn't into the actual recipes all that much. Granted, I'm a bit of a picky eater, but a lot of these dishes just seemed like ...more
Alicia
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you netgalley for the chance to review this book. This cookbook includes books from The Beetle House, a Tim Burton inspired restaurant. All the names of the recipes are inspired by Tim Burton films and are very unique. I really enjoyed this cookbook. I think these recipes are great for halloween or any horror themed party.
Lisa
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Quarto for allowing me to review The Nightmare Before Dinner.
This cookbook is fantastic and the pictures are gorgeous. The recipes are all from their restaurant so they are quite elaborate and richer than I would normally make at home. I would say this one is a special occasion book. All of the recipes are themed and perfect for a Halloween party or for any fan of Nightmare Before Christmas or similar movies.
Megan
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am totally a Tim Burton super fan and this book does not disappoint. My absolute favorites are the Sweeney Beef, Edward Burger Hands, Big Fish Bowl, The Golden Ticket, Frogs Breath and Nightshade Risotto, The Deetz Shrimp Cocktail, and the Brains and Chips. I have put The Beetle House on my MUST visit list!
Amanda
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I was SO excited when my wish on NetGalley was granted to see this cookbook. I wish I could visit the restaurant, but until then, I have the cookbook!

What I did was test two recipes - Cheshire Cat Sauce and Edward Scissorhands Burgers.

I did have to make some changes due to item not available, and a budget. The Cheshire Cat Sauce was delicious! I've never made actual cheese sauce and I definitely didn't imagine putting mustard in it. I didn't put enough whipping cream in it, so the sauce was a
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Lisa Mychols
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Making great recipes in the theme of spooky!!!! 

I LOVE that this cookbook is truly dedicated to the fall season. Each recipe starts off straight to the point! Title of the recipe, prep time, cook time, servings and what the recipe is all about!
 
There are many Vegan options for a lot of these recipes.

There's a great chapter dedicated to sauces!!!

I LOVE this author's sense of humor! They get serious about the inspiration about a recipe and then BOOM, say something incredibly joyously funny just
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Sharon
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Race Point Publishing and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Nightmare Before Dinner. I was under no obligation to review this cookbook and my opinion is freely given.

The Nightmare Before Diner is a cookbook with recipes inspired by the author's love for everything dark and lovely. As the celebration of Halloween was forbidden in his childhood, the author has opened a series of Tim Burton inspired restaurants called The Beetle House. Author Zach Neil clearly has had a great
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Annie
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Nightmare Before Dinner is a new theme restaurant inspired cookbook from Zach Neil and the Beetle House. Due out 16th Oct 2018 by Quarto group's Race Point imprint, it's 192 pages and available in hardback and ebook formats.

Whilst I've never generally been a fan of 'theme' restaurants, I do adore Tim Burton and whimsy along with the Gothic aesthetic. This cookbook is full of all of the above along with genuinely delicious recipes for
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Mehsi
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


Eeeeeeeeeeeep! That is my reaction when I spotted this book on Netgalley. I am an absolutely fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and I just love Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, and also some other Tim Burton movies. I just had to have this one and read it. See what kind of recipes there would be!

I didnt even know there was a Tim Burton/Salvador Dali-inspired restaurant. Too bad I am not in the US, or I would have gone
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Janet
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in
exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of
books in reviews, I let them do it!

Some like it goth! If you love movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, or The Evil Dead, then youll love the official cookbook of The Beetle House, the Tim Burton-inspired restaurant with locations in New York, Los Angeles, and more. Featuring chef and owner Zach
...more
Jill
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019-read
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group Race Point Publishing for The Nightmare Before Dinner Recipes to Die For: The Official Beetle House Cookbook by Zach Neil. This book really does a great job of sticking to the theme! Chapter titles (ex: Chapter 3: Herbs, Plants & Cauldrons and Chapter 6: Poisons, Potions & Elixirs) and Recipe Titles (ex: Bloodbath Cobbler and The Beetles Juice) are all very clever and cute (scary?).

The book starts with a list of must haves, both for
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Kristine
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October.

These are punny/morbidly titled recipes developed by a small chain of restaurants called Beetle House for sauces, appetizers, veg, plated mains (usually a combined main dish, then starch and/or veg with many vegan options/alternatives), desserts, drinks, then themed party ideas around the forementioned recipes. The restaurant concept itself looks quite zany and bluelight creepy, while the
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Audrey  Adamson Stars in Her Eye
I only had to see the title of this book to know that I wanted to read it! When I saw it was by The Beetle House I was even more excited! I have always wanted to visit one o locations. Until I can do that, this cookbook will tide me over.

I enjoyed the spin the chefs and mixologists did on particular dishes. Creepy up your hamburger or add a little zest to your macaroni and cheese with these recipes. The directions were easy to follow and most everything seemed like something I could cook. I also
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