I’ll let you in on a secret about me. I’m not the biggest fan of cooking.
Yes, it’s a very sensible ‘adult’ hobby to have, but a lot of the time I just don’t get anything out of it. I normally end up screwing something up, and I’m very easily pleased making something simple if I’m just cooking for myself. Super Noodle sandwiches were a staple of mine during uni (yes, really).
However, I’ve gained a newfound love and respect for cooking after receiving a very unique and wonderful gift that is so good, I just had to review it. I am of course talking about The Geek’s Cookbook by Liguori Lecomte.
Yep, those are pokéball meringues on the front, and they do look the very best that ever was
With a choice of fandom inspired meals, with titles from games, comics, films and TV shows, you can work on a number of treats that will feed your inner geeky interests for multiple situations.
Whether it’s rustling up a pie for a viewing party of Game of Throne (how stoked are you for the latest season?!) or treating yourself to some yummy Zelda desserts after a long day on the Nintendo Switch You can be sure to impress all of your friends with an amazing twist on some classic recipes. Everything is laid out in extremely clear instructions, and includes some fun Easter eggs along the way for you eagle-eyed nerds out there.
Naturally, it didn’t seem right to shout about this book until I’d actually tested cooking up some of the meals myself. I picked out one main and one dessert to test, and to my absolutely shock, they actually turned out okay.
I tried to do Gustavo Fring justice
After my excitement of visiting ABQ London last month - and having just finished Better Call Saul - I was up for indulging in some Los Pollos Hermanos Fried Chicken. This was the first time I’d ever cooked fried chicken with crushed cornflakes as the coating, and I have to say that it’s a masterful idea. This was quite a long meal to make, and slightly on the messy side. But nonetheless it was completely worth it.
The other challenge that I tackled were some Sauron Tarllets, designed to look like (you guessed it) the infamous Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings. Desserts are usually something I rarely cook as they’re an extreme luxury for me. I usually just get my sweet fix from a big bar of Dairy Milk designed to feed ten people.
This however was extremely easy to put together! Even though the end product looked complicated, it was all down to the final presentation. Whilst mine certainly wasn’t a clean-cut as someone else's will be, I gave it my best shot, and it tasted dayum guuurd.
I did my best, okay?!
There’s also some handy pages in here to help level up your general culinary skills. From a useful measurements converter (how much is a tablespoon of butter anyway?!) to quick and easy TV dinner recipes to throw together when you’re short on time and can’t dedicate your resources to something a little more complex.
The photography in this book alone should be enough to convince you to try out some of the recipes. Honest to god food porn, like seriously. And even if you can’t quite replicate the stunning meals that are showcased in this book, you can have a good laugh at how you ‘nailed it’ in your own way.
If you’re interested in picking up a copy of The Geek’s Cookbook, then just click on the link below. And once you have, why not send me your attempts at some of these amazing meals? After all, there’s nothing better than nerdy food!