Merchandising plays a huge role in the entertainment industry- you only have to look at the Marvel, Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises for examples of this. With clothing, games, stationery and an assortment of products on offer, it’s the perfect way for film studios to capitalise on the popularity of their productions.
Perhaps taking inspiration from this, there have been several recipe books released (although many are unofficial) which capitalise on the popularity of certain cult television shows. These recipe books- which feature dishes inspired by the show-are available for anyone who wants to take their fandom into the kitchen. With clever names and episode highlights as their inspiration, these recipes are sure to go down well with any fans of the shows involved.
Pokemon fans can treat themselves to a ‘Diglett Potato Field’ or ‘Pokeball Gelatin’. Twin Peaks fans can learn how to make ‘Shelly Johnson’s Cherry Pie’ or enjoy some of ‘Big Ed’s Roadside Stew’ while listening to a recommended jukebox selection and folding napkins into owl origami. Walking Dead fans can munch on ‘The Govenor’s Eye Pops’ or a ‘Zombeclaire’, and Game Of Thrones fans can eat some ‘Three-Eyed Raven Pies’, snack on ‘Tyrion’s Shortbread’ or have a sip of ‘Joffrey’s Jaffa Poison Cup’.
This is only a small selection from an ever-increasing book genre.
So I wonder, are you a big enough fan of a TV show that you would buy a correlating recipe book? Do you actually own any of these? Would you be willing to try making or eating anything from one of these books? If you received one of these, would you think of it as a thoughtful gift or more of a gag gift?
I bought my brother-in-law the 'Baking Bad' cookbook (which is a parody of Breaking Bad) and he's already made some of the things from it.
I also know that one of my colleagues has the Twin Peaks themed 'Damn Fine Cherry Pie' book, simply because she's a huge fan of the show.
Although I think it's a clever concept, I don't think I'd ever buy one for myself. I am interested (and slightly concerned) to know what kind of recipes might feature in the 'Feeding Hannibal' one though (because it is a plastic-sealed book)!