AMC’s Walking Dead has become a major cultural phenomenon. The hit show recently returned for season 8 on October 22. So it would only be fitting to share my review of what I believe is a Walker Stalker must have; The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide. It’s 144 pages of recipes from the show, useful tips for surviving the zombie apocalypse and beautifully taken color photos.
This official cookbook and survival guide comes from publishers, Insight Editions ,who are known for providing the very best in geek literature. The book is written by professional chef and cookbook author, Lauren Wilson, and the photos were taken by New York based photographer, Yunhee Kim. Their collaborative efforts can only be described as a Rick and Daryl team up; a match made in Alexandria heaven.
The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide is by no means a gimmick or a joke. Wilson and Kim clearly have a love and respect for the show; and it can be felt with every turn of the page. Each recipe and photo allows you to be truly immersed in the world Robert Kirkman and AMC have created.
Speaking of recipe; let me talk about them. The cookbook features more than 60 recipes inspired by iconic meals featured on the show. That includes Carol’s (worth keeping a secret for) beet and acorn cookies. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks. When you are dealing with zombies and ego-maniacal tyrants, you are going to need a drink.
After receiving a copy of the book I was able to test some of the recipes. Tara’s Turkey Chili in Chapter 3 is great for those on a diet but also like a bit of spice. The Chicken a la Lucille was easy to make and was a real crowd pleaser. My personal favorite were the Homemade Chocolate Clusters in Chapter 4 which made me think “maybe they don’t have it that bad.”
Each recipe gives a brief description of what it’s inspired by, prep time, cooking time, and how much the recipe yields(makes) and the steps to make it. The steps are very easy and straight to the point. There isn’t any confusing professional cooking terms; which I found helpful. The cookbook also offers substitutions for recipes that have not common proteins like squirrel, wild boar and goat. There are also meatless recipes for those who practice a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. It also includes a measurement conversion chart for those who prefer the metric system.
The second part of this book is the survival guide. The survival guide contains information on foraging, hunting wild game, and cooking outdoors. There is even information on gardening, preserving food, preparing safe water, and what to include in your survival kit. (hint: you definitely want to stock up on batteries.)
The survival guide is approached very seriously with some information being accompanied with diagrams and pictures. All the information in the book could be easily applied to real world situations. The book makes you feel like you are getting tips straight from Rick and the gang. So it feels familiar along with being really useful.
If you’re an avid Walking Dead fan, I think this book is a must have and will more than likely become sacred text. Though this book is something that anyone who is interest in cooking or survival will enjoy. The recipes are made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and the survival guide has vital information that will be useful in the event of an emergency.
The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide is in stores now & online. Consider it for yourself or as gift for the Walker Stalker in your life.