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From ‘Bridgerton’ to ‘Star Wars’: Our Fave Pop Culture Cookbooks

Three cookbooks based on 'Bridgerton,' Disney villains, and 'Gilmore Girls.'
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Pop culture cookbooks are having something of a moment right now, with tons of fun, clever titles that meld the vibes of your favorite TV shows, books, and movies with tasty recipes, fun décor, and party tips. If you’ve been tempted (or intrigued) by delicious-looking on-screen dishes, these cookbooks are tailor-made for you!

Whether you want to make authentic Regency-era foods (with the help of modern technology, of course), create a stunning spread from your fave Disney film, or try a recipe made by a fictional chef, there’s a cookbook out there for you.

These titles are perfect for anyone who wants to re-create the atmosphere of a beloved fictional world.

Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls

Kristi Carlson’s unofficial cookbook is a loving tribute for Gilmore fans everywhere, with recipes inspired by iconic moments in the beloved dramedy. There are real-life version of dishes and drinks actually featured in the show to recipes just inspired by Stars Hollow, making for a fun and delicious experience for any fan—Sookie would approve.

Teatime at Grosvenor Square: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Bridgerton

Arguably 2020’s biggest pop culture phenomenon now gets an unofficial cookbook tribute, as Dahlia Clearwater whips up recipes inspired by the world of Bridgerton. Among these dishes enjoyed by the rich and elite of the Regency era, you’ll find dainty appetizers, sweet treats, and dinners to feed even the most sprawling Bridgerton family (tiaras not included).

Star Wars: Galactic Baking: The Official Cookbook of Sweet and Savory Treats From Tatooine, Hoth, and Beyond

From Insight Editions comes this adorable cookbook featuring dozens of easy, creative recipes with punny names from a galaxy far far away. From cutesy, kid-friendly treats to more elaborate desserts for adults, this cookbook (unlike some of the movies) is something everyone can enjoy!

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook (Downton Abbey Cookery)

Feel like the lord or lady of the manor with this Downton Abbey-inspired cookbook by Annie Gray. It’s packed with the kinds of recipes the characters (both upstairs and downstairs) might have eaten. The cookbook combines recipes that are actually served on-screen with popular dishes of the era. All are written so 21st-century cooks can easily replicate them. It even includes tips for throwing an era-themed party, too!)

Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook

Learn about the deep and rich history of Scottish cuisine (along with some fun references to the Outlander series) with this well-researched cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders. From breakfast to dinner, snacks to desserts, and much more, you’ll find it all here. All the recipes are inspired by Jamie and Claire’s journeys through Scotland, France, and beyond.

Disney Villains: Devilishly Delicious Cookbook

Taking inspiration from Disney’s most dastardly baddies, Julie Tremaine’s cookbook is a surprisingly wide-ranging collection of interesting and accessible recipes. The recipes range from main dishes to sides and desserts, with regional favorites and classic recipes alongside the expected décor-heavy and themed treats. It’s a clever and fun cookbook, whether you’ve got a Disney kid, are a Disney adult, or just want an easy recipe for gumbo or cinnamon rolls! Release Date: July 20, 2021.

Disney Princess: Healthy Treats Cookbook (Kids Cookbook, Gifts for Disney Fans)

Ariane Resnick lends her expertise to this cute Disney-themed cookbook to teach kids about healthy, balanced eating. The recipes, which are kid-friendly and easy to make, use a wide variety of nutritious ingredients and include plenty of tips for building a healthy relationship with food and fitness from a young age. Release Date: Aug. 31, 2021.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Official Cookbook & Entertaining Guide

The quirky, spooky vibes of The Nightmare Before Christmas inspire this cooking and entertaining guide by Kim Laidlaw, Jody Revenson, and Caroline Hall. From versatile recipes (complete with built-in adjustments for vegetarian, gluten-free, and sugar-free versions) to fun, themed party tips and downloadable bonuses, it’s the perfect guide for a scary good time. Release Date: Aug. 30, 2021.

American Girl Tea Parties: Delicious Sweets & Savory Treats to Share

For the young (and the nostalgic) among us comes the official American Girl cookbook. Alongside recipes for classic and modern tea party goodies, the book includes party planning ideas for several different themed tea parties, perfect for kids of all skill levels (and with recipes they won’t outgrow). Release Date: Sept. 21, 2021.

It's a Wonderful Life: The Official Bailey Family Cookbook: (Holiday Cookbook, Christmas Recipes, Holiday Gifts, Classic Christmas Movies)

If you’re in the mood for old-school, nostalgic recipes for holiday cheer, look no further than this cookbook, inspired by the “all-American” family at the heart of the iconic film. Get all the tips and tricks for a classic holiday meal with the recipes in this book, from main courses to desserts and even some signature cocktails! Release Date: Sept. 28, 2021.

Friends: The Official Central Perk Cookbook

Could we be any more excited about this cookbook by Kara Mickelson? The beloved sitcom gets the cookbook treatment with a collection of recipes that Central Perk regulars would absolutely approve of, from tips for the best fancy coffee orders to party-ready appetizers and much more. Release Date: Oct. 5, 2021.

Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook: Official Holiday Recipes From a Galaxy Far, Far Away (Star Wars Holiday Cookbook, Star Wars Christmas Gift)

If you’re bored with “normal” holiday cooking, consider this cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa andMarc Sumerak and its Star Wars-universe holiday. “Life Day,” according to Star Wars, is a celebration of family, friends, and hope, and these recipes are designed for sharing the love, with a variety of main dishes, beverages, desserts, and more for any get-together. Release Date: Oct. 26, 2021.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Official Cookbook: Recipes from the Four Nations

Have you ever wondered what the cuisine of your favorite cartoon world might be like? Wonder no more! This Avatar-themed cookbook by Jenny Dorsey is divided into four sections for the four “nations” of the franchise, including spicy dishes representing “Fire Nation,” seafood for “Water,” and more. Release Date: Nov. 9, 2021.

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