Everyone loves a good meal, or at least in my humble opinion, everyone should. After all, unless I’ve missed some new development somewhere we’ve all got to eat, so why shouldn’t we all enjoy it? That’s where cooking comes in. For as long or perhaps even longer than history has been recorded people have been coming up with recipes and trying out new ways to prepare food in order to make it all the more enjoyable, and with all the recipes (not to mention less-then-stellar memories) out there, there’s a definite need to write them down, hence the advent of the cookbook… and now in 2014, boy are there a lot of them out there! But out of the massive pile of ordinary and often mundane cookbooks out there has come a really cool new trend perfect for geeks of all walks of life… fandom inspired cookbooks!

Georgia-based author and avid foodie Rachael Hill has released one such cookbook entitled “Cuisine From Beyond: Recipes Inspired by the Works of H.P. Lovecraft” and it’s exactly what the title suggests. The cookbook features 44 original and 100% edible appetizer, entrée, dessert, and even drink recipes all inspired by, and even titled after the works of the legendary H.P. Lovecraft!

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Some of the recipes included are “Filet of the Deep One,” “The Soup Out of Time.” “Pickman’s Famous Chili,” “Hog Sothoth,” and “The Miskatonic University Tailgate Special” just to name a few. It also includes several dessert recipes such as “The Treat Out of Space,” “Azathoth’s Nightcap,” “The Whisperer in Dark Chocolate” and “The Doughnuts That Came to Sarnath,” as well as cocktail recipes (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike) such as “The Reanimator,” “Professor Kiroman’s Afternoon Tea,” and “Last Call of Cthulhu”. Accompanying each recipe are beautiful photos of the corresponding dish/drink, some of which taken by the author herself who, in addition to writing, moonlights as a photographer. In addition to all of this, the book also periodically features various Lovecraft-inspired short stories, poems, and the like by fellow authors, and even a few by H.P. Lovecraft himself just for good measure.

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Overall, “Cuisine From Beyond: Recipes Inspired by the Works of H.P. Lovecraft” is about as fantastic of a cookbook as you can get. It’s well written, beautifully put together, and perhaps most importantly – easy to follow. Having tried out a few of these recipes for myself, I can also say that the dishes are pretty good too, not to mention a much more pleasant experience than many of Mr. Lovecraft’s characters are known for encountering! Highly recommended for fans of H.P. Lovecraft, horror and science fiction fans, foodies, or just anyone planning a fun spooky-styled dinner and/or party.

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“Cuisine From Beyond: Recipes Inspired by the Works of H.P. Lovecraft” (ISBN #978-0977043781) is currently available in both hardcover and paperback through its publisher Aberrant Dreams Press, as well as many other retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell’s Books, Amazon, and many, many more. Paperbacks start at $20, and hardcovers start at $40 – I’d personally recommend buying direct from the publisher, or hitting up your local independent bookstore to get the best price (and to support small business), but that’s just me.

Simply put, this is the perfect Lovecraft-inspired cookbook to ensure one doesn’t have to face oblivion on an empty stomach. There are no real flaws to speak of; it’s everything it should be & more. H.P. himself would be proud!! — 

-Dave Harlequin


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