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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 "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 and desserts to the heart's desire. For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including: French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums Rue's Roasted Parsnips Gale's Bone-Pickin' Big Game Soup Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake If you're starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite! "Fans Cook Up Recipes for Food Featured in Fantasy Novels. . . This month, The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook was published, with 150 recipes for rustic, gamy fare." —Wall Street Journal "Hungry for the dishes served up in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy? The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" —More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy is ready to rock fans' kitchens." —USA Today "The Hunger Games movie is just a few months away, and really, who isn't secretly super-excited for the teen post-apocalyptic book trilogy to make it to the big screen? Watching the trailer on repeat is pretty fun. . . but now comes an even better way to sate your appetite—literally—until the film comes out. The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook!" —Village Voice


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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 "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 and desserts to the heart's desire. For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including: French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums Rue's Roasted Parsnips Gale's Bone-Pickin' Big Game Soup Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake If you're starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite! "Fans Cook Up Recipes for Food Featured in Fantasy Novels. . . This month, The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook was published, with 150 recipes for rustic, gamy fare." —Wall Street Journal "Hungry for the dishes served up in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy? The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" —More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy is ready to rock fans' kitchens." —USA Today "The Hunger Games movie is just a few months away, and really, who isn't secretly super-excited for the teen post-apocalyptic book trilogy to make it to the big screen? Watching the trailer on repeat is pretty fun. . . but now comes an even better way to sate your appetite—literally—until the film comes out. The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook!" —Village Voice

30 review for The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" - More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    i forgot i had already reviewed this book, but i did use it to make part of my literary thanksgiving (view spoiler)[WHAT LITERARY THANKSGIVING CAN YOU MEAN, KAREN??? YOU MEAN THIS ONE YOU'VE BEEN POSTING ABOUT ALL WEEK UNTIL EVERYONE IS WELL SICK OF YOU??? https://www.thereadingroom.com/articl... (hide 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. i forgot i had already reviewed this book, but i did use it to make part of my literary thanksgiving (view spoiler)[WHAT LITERARY THANKSGIVING CAN YOU MEAN, KAREN??? YOU MEAN THIS ONE YOU'VE BEEN POSTING ABOUT ALL WEEK UNTIL EVERYONE IS WELL SICK OF YOU??? https://www.thereadingroom.com/articl... (hide 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. "So, Katniss, the Capitol must be quite a change from District Twelve. What's impressed you most since you arrived here?" asks Caesar. What? What did he say? It's as if the words make no sense. My mouth has gone dry as sawdust. I desperately find Cinna in the crowd and lock eyes with him. I imagine the words coming from his lips. "What's impressed you most since you arrived here?" I rack my brain for something that made me happy here. be honest, i think. be honest. "The lamb stew," I get out. Caesar laughs, and vaguely I realize some of the audience has joined in. "The one with the dried plums?" asks Caesar. I nod. "Oh, I eat it by the bucketful." ........................................................................................................ mmmm...i wonder what that stew looks and tastes like... NOW I DON'T HAVE TO WONDER!! it looks like this: mmmm - admire it! and it is delicious. except i have never actually bought prunes before, because i am not elderly, and was not aware that they are dried with the pits inside of them. it makes sense, but - oops. beware when eating my stew, friends... i know this book is probably a silly thing to own, but i love cooking and i love the hunger games,and even though this is completely unauthorized, i still think it is wonderful. this person really put some time and care into assembling this thing. and for the most part, it feels authentic: edible flowers, mushrooms, wild herbs and nettles...except for the ginger ale in this stew. that seems unlikely. she uses textual references from all three books explaining how she came up with each particular recipe, and they hail from the entire world of h.g. - from capitol to district 12. there are plenty of recipes that call for more exotic proteins like muskrat and raccoon and grooseling and other things i know i will not be able to find at wholefoods and my only chance of acquiring would be to become besties with the nuge: although considering that my throat gets a little tight when i read recipes calling for, "1 (3- to 4-pound) raccoon, cut into pieces," we would probably have difficulties. but i can't say i'm not tempted by "grilled tree rat with peanut butter dipping sauce." please don't cut me into pieces! the recipes look great, for the most part. but let's be honest - that plum and lamb stew was the only one needed to make me get this book. when i was reading hunger games, a part of my mind was always on that stew. and now i have it. and it gave me the strength to get out there and wreck shit UP! i really appreciate fans who do things like this, so i enthusiastically embrace this book. it is clearly a labor of love and not a gimmicky, glitzy ""give me your money" publication like that angry birds cookbook. this has substance and style, and the remainder of the recipes (i mean, creamed goose over crumbled bacon polenta? yum!) sound promising. but right now i have some stew to get into... ........................................................................................................ for the thanksgiving project, i only made two dishes, but one of them was the best dish of the whole project: greasy sae's black bean pumpkin soup i mean, you wouldn't know it to look at it, but this just tastes SO GOOD! the recipe makes a ton, so i ate it both hot and cold, and i fed sean and gave some to greg, and everyone was thumbs-up for it. it's got this great warmth from the spices underneath the creamy pumpkin, and the beans are just a perfect way to make it less boring, the way no-texture soups can be boring. and yeah, i fancied it up with my kabocha-squash bowl like i'm some robin hood martha stewart, but no matter what you serve it in, it will be delicious! unless you serve it in a bowl made from olives because barf. and speaking of barf, the second dish i made - the raging wild mushroom ragout - got all kinds of aesthetic criticisms from one person: *JUST LOOKING AT THE MUSHROOM RAGOUT MAKES ME WANT TO BARF MY GUTS OUT! *Hi, brissy! I miss you! Even if you prepare foods that make me want to puke! *Just because your ragout looks like puke is no reason why people shouldn't hire you! and yeah - it doesn't photograph well. but damn, was it ever tasty! i used more lemon than the recipe called for because i was curious about the combination of lemon and mushroom which is pretty new to me and i wanted to make sure it wasn't too subtle. but yeah - it looks like puke the way that bugs delicious to birds make themselves look like unappetizing sticks and stuff to fool predators and if it scares off competition to my food, i am okay with that. like the game of thrones cookbook and the fried green tomatoes cookbook, there were lots of other recipes that looked good to me, so i will probably be making more as my life goes on, and i will update the review as i explore... and once more for david. i love you!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    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 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 plant has berries, you're months too late to harvest it. Long story short: if you prepare pokeweed incorrectly, you'll likely wind up in the hospital. When going through the appendix, you definitely want to use caution and thoroughly research the plants before you try to prepare them (in pokeweed's case, you'd probably be best to skip it entirely. I do understand its inclusion here: as a poor Appalachian woman, Katniss probably did eat poke salad at some point; however, there are non-poisonous greens out there that are much safer and easier to acquire and prepare...)

  3. 5 out of 5

    MK ( Makayla)

    This is definitely an unofficial cookbook , a lot of the recipes had a introduction which most of the time read something like ; " Katniss (and or peeta ) would love this - " " or it is likely that ..." Which was kind of irritating ,but honestly most of the recipies sounded so good that I didn't even care . I'm really excited to try a few of these recipies I plan on making the dandelion salad , the bread that Peeta gave Katniss when he was supposed to throw it away ( it's nut and rasin ) , and This is definitely an unofficial cookbook , a lot of the recipes had a introduction which most of the time read something like ; " Katniss (and or peeta ) would love this - " " or it is likely that ..." Which was kind of irritating ,but honestly most of the recipies sounded so good that I didn't even care . I'm really excited to try a few of these recipies I plan on making the dandelion salad , the bread that Peeta gave Katniss when he was supposed to throw it away ( it's nut and rasin ) , and Katniss' favorite soup , there were also many decadent deserts the Capitol ones especially !

  4. 5 out of 5

    May

    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 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 references. As a cookbook, however, the book suffers from the usual complaint that I have with most cookbooks--the serious lack of photos! I am not asking for a photo for every recipe. After all, I'm pretty sure everybody has a sense of what shortbread cookies or apple sauce look like! But would it have really killed the publisher to have an insert of photos for some of the more exotic-sounding recipes like "President Snow's Sauteed Dove Breasts in Bacon Drippings" or "75th Hunger Games' Dutch Oven Tree Rat"? Speaking of tree rat, there are a couple of recipes in this book that have wild rats, squirrels or muskrats as the main protein. I gather that these recipes are meant to be tongue-in-cheek but I'm not too sure. In her "Wild Dog Stew" recipe, she substituted pork for wild dog so I'm confused by why she didn't substitute some other and more accessible protein for wild rat. Personally I think if you are going to put in a couple of rat/squirrel recipes in the book, you better provide some instructions on how to capture these critters or where you can purchase these meats. Her "Tips from Your Sponsor" on those pages just tell me that squirrels come in varying sizes and that beaver is gamier than other meat. The same advice also goes for the "Campfire Soups, Stews and Salads" section. How does one find Japanese knotweed, primrose roots, and rock tripe anyway? I get that they are some kind of plants but once again, it's not like I can go to my neighborhood Safeway and find these ingredients. By the way, for those friends who know me well, I did manage to find a couple of recipes from this book to add to my recipe collection. Don't worry. I only plan to serve you "Smoked Gouda Grits", "Katniss Craved Cheese Buns" and "Ginger, Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup". I'll save the "Fightin' Fried Squirrel" recipe for another time! ;)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    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 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 miss when looking at this book is that a lot of the wild game recipes--with ingredients like squirrel or raccoon--can be adapted to "normal" meats. Simply take the recipes and perhaps adjust the temperature. Cut out the steps that are obviously exclusively for that certain type of meat, and you're good. It's called adapting; and you can do it for most of the game recipes, trust me. ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosa

    The Capitol dishes in this book sound so delicious, it's easy to believe they come from a decadent, selfish, hedonistic society on the edge of a Fall that will make the Roman one look like a peaceful transfer of power between presidents. One star off for promoting eating doves.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Franklin

    It has a recipe for Cinna Buns-what more do I need to say.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lolly's Library

    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, 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, I love tie-in cookbooks, official or not, which take those fictional foods and beverages and bring them to life. Admittedly, some tie-in cookbooks merely go through the motions: collecting a bunch of recipes from one of those huge online databases, without even bothering to check whether or not those recipes actually create something edible, changing the names to fit dishes found in the novel, slapping them together and calling it a cookbook. I've run into those and, man, are they disappointing. However, from the detail of many of the recipes found in The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, especially in regards to the desserts and breads, it's obvious Baines put quite a bit of time, effort, and thought into producing this work. The recipes, even the more outlandish ones, are easy to work with, with clear, direct instructions for the most part; in fact, most recipes only take up a single page and hints for substitutions and time-savers are given on many of them, along with other helpful cooking tips. Some of the recipes are quite simple, almost to the point of "Why was this included?" simple, such as Clover-Mint Tea or Propos Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Yet even the simplest recipe has meaning in the world of The Hunger Games and, while simple, those recipes possess just enough of a twist, a sense of being somewhat alien to our lives, that you realize, "Oh, that's why that was included." As I pointed out, some of the recipes are rather bizarre, illustrating the lengths Baines went to to maintain a sense of authenticity. Such recipes as Fightin' Fried Squirrel, Wild Raccoon Sauteed in Bacon Drippings, and Hazelle's Beaver Stew with Rosemary Potatoes will probably only be made by the most fervent of fan; however they and their accompanying tips on how to work with wild game further demonstrate Baines's sincerity and her adherence to The Hunger Games universe. My only comment about the recipes is that, for some of them, Baines has taken what was eaten in a scene of the original novel and condensed it into a recipe. For example, in Chapter 4, when Katniss comes into the train car for breakfast, Peeta is dunking one of the sweet rolls into his hot chocolate; Baines turns this scene into a recipe for Attack of the Chocolate Chunk Muffins, which is a perfect blending of the two tastes. Authentic? Not really, but certainly delicious and definitely a lot easier to recreate for a cookbook. So I'm not really complaining about this kind of translating, just making a note of it. Some have complained about the lack of photographs in the cookbook. While I'm sure it would've been impossible to photograph each individual dish, I admit, it would've been nice to have had at least an insert of a dozen or so glossy photos of finished dishes. However, I don't find the lack of photos quite as annoying as others, mainly because I'm sure that, for one, the book was probably put out as quickly as possible in order to take advantage of the groundswell in popularity of the series, and, for another, this particular publisher, which seems to specialize in tie-in cookbooks, puts out a certain style of book which doesn't seem to allow for photos. We can always hope that perhaps a later edition will be published and will include those much-lamented photos. I will say this: Because it's obvious the publisher wanted to get this out as quickly as possible, there are some goofs. A step may be left out, portions may be off. I think, if you really want to work with this book, it might take some experimenting on some recipes to get them right and perhaps some adjustments, especially in regards to altitude. As with most tie-in cookbooks, at the top of each recipe is a reference to which book and scene it came from, as well as what the recipe or the foods it contains means to a certain character. At the back of the book is a small section entitled "Katniss's Family Book of Herbs" describing some of the herbs Katniss surely gathered during her foraging trips outside the fence. Along with a brief description of the plant's appearance, each entry lists in what environment the plant can be found and how the plant is used. While you shouldn't go out looking to gather these wild plants based on this small guide alone (the lack of pictures to positively identify a wild plant would probably garner you a slow and painful death from poisoning), the guide is informative, providing yet another link to the novels and to Katniss's world. With a detailed table of contents and extensive index, The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook is a thoroughly entertaining companion to the novels. And I think that's the most important thing to remember, that this is a companion book. Yes, it's a way to ride the coattails of the series' success and a quite obvious marketing ploy. However, for fans of the series, it's also a fun bit of memorabilia and while the book will probably be more entertaining to read than to actually use, it's still worth a look-see, even if you only check it out from the library. Just remember, have fun with it and let the Games begin!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    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 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 storyline errors. But again, the thing that I cannot even bear to give two stars for this cookbook, is the fact that she uses the same recipe for beef stew in this book as she does with her Downton Abbey cookbook. I really get the feeling she just wanted money and probably didn't even try out these recipes because she couldn't even come up with a different recipe for beef stew. Seriously? The laziness kills me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Grace Bittle

    An awesome book! I love how the author took all the foods from the books and made recipes. So cool.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    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 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 what one would eat in District 12. Any food mentioned in the books (and there’s a lot) gets a recipe along with some extrapolations that perfectly reflect different characters and districts. There are “Tips from Your Sponsor” boxes next to almost every recipe, giving either some fun facts about the history of some of the food or hands on practical advice when it comes to cooking and baking. IN front of each recipe is a brief blurb on where in the trilogy the recipes comes from, and a little explanation on why that food matters in terms of plot, characterization or symbolism at that point in the story. Very well thought out, brilliantly well researched, tons of fun, and very highly recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen!

    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 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-up with the wedding cake for Finnick and Annie. I mean they had cake, right? Let's just call it white cake. Or, at least one of the layers would have been white. . . I guess my annoyance is that they paraphrased the portions of the trilogy that would have alluded to such creations instead of, oh, I dunno, quoting, which just made it seem more made-up. And grasping at straws. And, let's face it, many of these recipes are doing just that. They had to get up to 150 somehow. But, if tying it into The Hunger Games gets teens cooking, good on 'em!

  13. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    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 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 are easier to make, so I would suggest that if you buy this cookbook, do a bit of research on each recipe, especially if you're a novice when it comes to cooking or baking.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    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 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 own kind of cheesy, although I think passionate Hunger Games' fans would eat it up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Berry

    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!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    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). 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).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maud

    Great cookbook for any fans of The Hunger Games! I did miss some pictures though but other than that it was perfect :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jo Dunn

    I read this unique (cook)book to satisfy a requirement for my library's Summer Reading Club Bingo program - COOK A RECIPE FROM A LIBRARY BOOK. I didn't have to read a cookbook from cover-to-cover - but, I DID (this book made that an easy task). I chose to prepare TRASH TATERS (page 16) and it was a "hit" (the "yields 4 servings" designation was a significant understatement! It will feed us for DAYS!). The book is a FUN read . . the author did a great job; she is obviously very familiar with the b I read this unique (cook)book to satisfy a requirement for my library's Summer Reading Club Bingo program - COOK A RECIPE FROM A LIBRARY BOOK. I didn't have to read a cookbook from cover-to-cover - but, I DID (this book made that an easy task). I chose to prepare TRASH TATERS (page 16) and it was a "hit" (the "yields 4 servings" designation was a significant understatement! It will feed us for DAYS!). The book is a FUN read . . the author did a great job; she is obviously very familiar with the book (she tied the recipes to specific book chapters - the tie-in for the recipe I prepared was Catching Fire, Chapter 16). In addition to the recipes, the comments/tips (the author calls them "Tips from Your Sponsor") were a great addition to the book. 4* Note: I have a "thing" for cookbooks; after reading/enjoying this book, I went online and bought my own copy!

  19. 5 out of 5

    emyrose8

    I appreciate all the work that went into making this cookbook. I am not the world's biggest fan of the Hunger Games trilogy, but I was curious about the recipes from the book. It's been a long time since I read the book, but I seem to recall a lot of foraging and nearly starving. Overall, the book fell flat for me, though I did find a few recipes I wanted to try. The book is separated into chapters like breakfast, soups/salads, chicken, seafood, meats, small game, and desserts. At the top of each I appreciate all the work that went into making this cookbook. I am not the world's biggest fan of the Hunger Games trilogy, but I was curious about the recipes from the book. It's been a long time since I read the book, but I seem to recall a lot of foraging and nearly starving. Overall, the book fell flat for me, though I did find a few recipes I wanted to try. The book is separated into chapters like breakfast, soups/salads, chicken, seafood, meats, small game, and desserts. At the top of each recipe is a paragraph telling how it ties into the series. In other 'unofficial' cookbooks, I get absorbed in those paragraphs and it takes me back to the exact moment in the book. Maybe it's because the majority of the Hunger Games novels take place fighting or foraging, but I found the connections to the books to be the same after a while.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kasi Viaud

    It’s ok, it’s fine. There are some recipes here that looked pretty tasty, but there isn’t a huge link between the recipes and the book. There are some recipes that I will definitely try, but I am glad to not have purchased the book. Also, there are some recipes with some ingredients that would require me to go to different specialty stores hoping they would have them in stock - and within my budget. Also, I really would have appreciated it if there were pictures (for even just -some- of the recip It’s ok, it’s fine. There are some recipes here that looked pretty tasty, but there isn’t a huge link between the recipes and the book. There are some recipes that I will definitely try, but I am glad to not have purchased the book. Also, there are some recipes with some ingredients that would require me to go to different specialty stores hoping they would have them in stock - and within my budget. Also, I really would have appreciated it if there were pictures (for even just -some- of the recipes!)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    If you like cooking and you like The Hunger Games, this is the perfect cookbook for you! I received this as a gift from my mom a few years back, and so far no one has been disappointed with any of the dishes it's made. Everyone I've cooked for from this book enjoys the food. Last night when my Nana sampled some of the butternut squash, carrot, and ginger soup I made, her first question was: "Is this from that Hunger Games cookbook?" Needless to say, it's an excellent buy!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nobody (aka Jay) ~ Nothin' wrong with tears

    Good This book was good but included a lot of recipes that I do not remember from the book, the author remembers a lot of things I didn't, like Tigris fig cookies. Over all a great book I got it with kindle unlimited do I can't say if it's worth the money, at the end of the book their was a herb classification spot with tips on harvesting them but it didn't say how to harvest katniss roots.😟

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Mills

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the recipes, along with the bits of pieces taken from the Hunger Games books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Argov

    Fun

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah "Hale" Myers

    The willing suspension of disbelief might be an issue amongst these fabulous recipes in a non-fabulous world, and the organization is questionable, but at least the prose and premise is interesting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    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 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 contains about 150 recipes from all over Panem. The more upscale ones of course are from the Capitol, but many other characters and Districts are represented. I made a list of some of the recipes that I found interesting as concerned with the story and characters: Mrs. Everdeen's Breakfast of Mush District 12 Drop Biscuits District 11 Crescent Moon Roll with Sesame Seed Mockingjay Flatbread Crackers District 4 Seaweed Bread Wild Dog (or other meat) Stew Prim's Goat Cheese Salad Greasy Sae's Winter Speciality Creamed Katniss Tubers Wild Mushroom Ragout Gale's Big Game Soup Katniss' Lamb Stew with Dried Plums Broiled Knotweed Rue's Roasted Parsnips Spring Time Soup Prim's Basil Wrapped Goat Cheese Balls Pine Needle Tea President Snow's Sautéed Dove Breasts Plutarch Havensbee's Roasted Pig Surprise Dried Beef Strips from the Backpack Small Critter Casserole Wild Raccoon Sautéed in Bacon Mr. Mellark's Fried Squirrel Dressing Hazelle's Beaver Stew] Grilled Tree Rat Peeta's Buttercream Frosting Finnick and Annie's Wedding Apple Cider Finnick and Annie's Yellow Wedding Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Just a tiny notation: There are many examples of questions of how the poorer districts would get some of the ingredients, as in the above wedding cake - how would District 13 - somewhere near present day's Maine/New England, get chocolate? There are many examples of this which I questioned throughout. Other examples are Coconut and Exotic Spices - even as common to us as black pepper. There is also an Appendix labeled Katniss's Family Book of Herbs which contains such unfamiliar to the everyday/common reader of today list of ingredients a poorer group might find necessary for survival: Ground Nuts, Thistle, Mesquite, Yucca, Cattails, Burdock, Chokeberries, Mulberries, Milkweed, Nettles, Purslane , Sweet Goldenrood, Yampa, Evening Primrose, etc.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kitten Kisser

    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 it highly unlikel 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 it highly unlikely that Katniss would have Veggie Crumbles to use in a recipe. That really irritated me. In The Capital probably, but not in her district. Another was the author saying that a dish would "likely be served" or you would "probably find" a dish like this. I thought the book would contain recipes of actual dishes served in the books. The author has 3 books worth to work with after all! This is not to say there are no recipes based on the book; there are plenty of them. If you are Vegan - do not buy this book. You will hate it. It is a meat eaters dream. The one recipe I have so far made is: Brown Sugar Shortbread due to the very basic ingredients & simplicity of the recipe I was skeptical on it having much going for it. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was delicious! I still have hope that I will be able to utilize more of the recipes. So many of them sound so appealing. Another thing I like is all the wild game recipes for things we don't normally see a recipe for. These types of recipes are dead on with the premise of the book & the need to hunt for food. There is so much to like about the book it is a shame to give it 3 stars but I cannot rate it higher if I haven't been able to utilize the recipes. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games - I would consider getting this book. I don't regret having it & am going to hold on to it in hopes of getting more use out of it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    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 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 simpler, eat-to-survive kinds of things eaten in the Districts. Most of the recipes have you making everything from scratch, including doing things like canning fruit spreads, and the recipes include lots of atypical, but available ingredients (besides raccoon) like different greens and edible flowers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Day

    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 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 festivities). In my opinion, the best part of the book were the notes added by the author connecting the symbolism found in the food with the action in the story. That is why this book is worthy of an extra star or so beyond just being a fairly decent typical cookbook. I homeschool my son and we are doing a unit on HG Book 1; this has made for a great tie-in. 4 stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bunny

    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 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 sounds so good in the books. And I don't eat lamb, so that says something. But I agree with other reviewers, I can't find an excuse for the lack of pictures in this book. Despite being a huge HG fan, I couldn't justify buying a cookbook without example pictures. Still fun, though. Great idea.

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