Friday, December 27, 2013

The Snacking Dead: A Parody in a Cookbook

The Snacking Dead: A Parody in a Cookbook
by D.B. Walker [641.55 Wal]

Okay, this has got to be one of the oddest tie-in books I've ever seen, and I actually collect TV and movie tie-in books! The Snacking Dead is a combination of a decent cookbook with schmaltzy fan fiction based on The Walking Dead zombie television series. There is a narrative line, in which a suburban mother of two attempts to survive the beginning of the zombie apocalypse (as seen in the Walking Dead tv series), by using food and cooking to connect with the people around her. While she whips up delicious foods, using ingredients still available after society's collapse, she remembers her run-in as a teenager with Daryl (one of the fan-favorite characters from the tv series). Narrative chapters alternate between the unnamed narrator and Daryl, himself, who is out on his own away from any of the series' other characters -- these narrative chapters also alternate with actual recipes, and photos of the dishes, posed in apocalyptic settings. The recipes themselves all sound quite good, and I'd like to try a few of them. But the tale of the narrator, who eventually joins the ranks of the undead, along with Daryl's own narration, is a bizarre counterpoint. I recommend this one for its sheer oddity, however I'm not sure that either Walking Dead fans or cookbook fans will come away fully satisfied! -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [If you like this style of parody cookbook -- with legitimate recipes -- the same folks are responsible for Fifty Shades of Chicken.]

[ official The Snacking Dead web site ]

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