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    18 Wildly Entertaining Cookbooks To Inspire Your Next Feast

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    If you're like me, you probably order delivery more often then not.

    But I really want to want to cook. So in the interest of using my oven for more than storage, I present a list of 18 cookbooks that could inspire even the most reluctant cook to close the app and open the cupboards.

    1. Extreme Food: What To Eat When Your Life Depends Upon It, for those situations when only the advice of a man named Bear will do.

    Promising review: "This book just doesn't tell you what to eat, but how to get it, clean it, cook it, and save it if possible. It explains different knots and ways to be better prepared for what can come your way in the wild. An absolute must-have with very valuable knowledge." β€”JK

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $9.97.

    2. Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls (Gilmore metabolism sold separately).

    Promising review: "I bought these as Christmas gifts for two of my friends who are obsessed with Gilmore Girls. This is great for someone who adores the show, but it's also a useful cookbook with very simple recipes for everyday use. Would highly recommend for any kitchen." β€”vintagegrl81

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $16.50.

    3. The Bob's Burgers Burger Book, direct from the writers of the show. Come for the puns, stay for the buns.

    Promising review: "This cookbook is better than it has any right to beef. It's not only a gouda read, but it has egg-celent recipes. It's a great topic piece at patties, too. Make sure you pickle this up, you'll relish it for years to cumin." β€”David

    Get it at Jet for $13.18 or on Amazon for $13.01.

    4. Gluten Is My Bitch, so you can, you know... make gluten your bitch.

    Promising review: "I love April's open and honest responses to having to go gluten free. Her stories and advice are priceless! She shares recipes and anecdotes all while speaking in clear and straightforward passages that let you know you are not alone in the bewildering gluten-filled jungle. If you are looking for real advice from the trenches, told in a down-to-earth fashion, then this is the book for you!" β€”Ligeia

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $12.62.

    5. Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook, to encourage you to cook creatively even when ingredients are scarce.

    Promising review: "I thought this was going to be a straight cookbook, but it was pretty eye opening to me. Prodigy from Mobb Deep and Kathy Iandoli have woven a lot of his stories from his time at Rikers into something that offers recipes, yes, but also shows a little more about how terrible the prison food experience really is. This makes you think more deeply about holiday meals missed, the times of day when food is served (stopping at 4pm, what do you do if you're hungry after that?), and the fact that you can't get fresh or raw food in prison. It goes way beyond "prison food tastes bad," and Prodigy and Ms. Iandoli really highlight that bit of humanity that prisoners are denied. But the book itself is not that seriousβ€”the chapter titles are hilarious, and there is a camaraderie that grew from Prodigy's group of prison cooks." β€”J. Reeve

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $16.96.

    6. What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner?, to answer the question that haunts us all while wandering the aisles of Trader Joe's.

    Promising review: "Awesome recipes with a great sense of humor. Seriously though, it has some great dinners." β€”Stephanie Eckert

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $9.67.

    7. The Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails so you can mix up your own lethally delicious drinks.

    Promising review: "The best cocktail book there is. It has in-depth explanations of each base spirit as well as modifiers, techniques, and tons of recipes. It even explains how to come up with your own drinks. And it's a good looking book, to boot." β€”Ben Rubin

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $23.23.

    8. Dinner for Dogs, the perfect gift for anyone who loves their dogs more than themselves.

    Promising review: "I'm very pleased with this book! One of my dogs has food allergies, so homemade food is a must. The simple, detailed instructions, along with nutrition details are much appreciated because my two dogs are very different in size, and this helps me feed them both correctly." β€”Christina L Brandenburg

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $7.50.

    9. People's Pops, full of delicious proletarian treats for the people and by the people... the people behind Brooklyn's coolest ice pop shop, that is.

    Promising review: "OMG! We love these popsicles. My two-year-old granddaughter loves the strawberry cream ones. My personal favorite is Raspberry Basil. The Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream tastes exactly like the real thing! Everyone is always surprised that they taste like pie! They're also very easy to make. Very well-written book and YUMMY pops!" β€”Debster

    Get it at Jet for $9.68 or on Amazon for $11.87.

    10. The Geeky Chef, for superfans who want to whip up some Pumpkin Pasties, Romulan Ale, or a plethora of other recipes from sci-fi/fantasy media.

    Promising review: "This cookbook covers so many fandoms and does each recipe justice. There are even recipes here that other specific category cook books leave out (*cough* butterbeer and cauldron cakes *cough*). If you want to get your geek on and throw a party or just move from cosplay to re-creation, this is the cookbook for you." β€”Daniel Shuarette

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $15.52.

    11. Praise the Lard: Recipes and Revelations from a Legendary Life in Barbecue, a must-have for all Ron Swansons-in-training.

    Promising review: "I have tons of BBQ books. Mike and Amy really hit a home run with this one. It has all of the basics, and plenty of personal anecdotes in between. Even after BBQ-ing for years, I found some new tips, tricks and recipes to try! I highly recommend this book!" β€”Steve Kennedy

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $15.25.

    12. Alton Brown: EveryDayCook, which is so entertaining it might just trick you into cooking for yourself.

    Promising review: "I've never read a cook book quite like this. Its amazing. Alton Brown is so funny and honest I love it." β€”Paula Watts

    Get it at Jet for $23.79 or on Amazon for $23.11.

    13. Will It Waffle?, the cookbook that seeks to answer the question that's been on all of our minds.

    Promising review: "This is the most fun darn book I've ever bought. My son absolutely loves it. He's 12 and is having a blast cooking with the waffle iron, of all things. If you have kids or are a kid at heart, this is such a great cookbook. Perfect for anyone who works really late and wants a one pot (or iron) meal. Super easy." β€”Swanmom

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $10.88.

    14. Cravings, the book that brings you delicious recipes with a generous helping of Chrissy Teigen's charm.

    Promising review: "This book has kept me from starving as well as being bored by meals. Chrissy delivers all of her recipes in an easy manner, even when the recipes seem slightly more difficult. She's funny and her tone makes all of the recipes easy to follow. I have yet to make every meal, but several recipes in this book have become my staples. I look forward to her next one!" β€”Kawai

    Get it at Jet for $18.67 or on Amazon for $19.08.

    15. The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, to add a touch of old Hollywood glamour (and gossip) to your table.

    Promising review: "GET, GET, BUY the hard copy of this hilarious, knee-slappingly wonderful and funny five-star cookbook. I bought it for my husband and in no time, I was munchingon some of Frank Sinatra's delicious barbecued lamb and a day later, Gregory Peck's Ratatouille. However, I did pass on Madeleine Kahn's Foot Cookies. Undaunted, I am eagerly awaiting Joan Crawford's Wire-Hanger Poached Salmon. All the recipes have been delicious!" β€”jetames

    Get it at Jet for $11.74 or on Amazon for $11.57.

    16. 50 Shades of Chicken, which gives new meaning to the term "food porn."

    Promising review: "Hilarious and practical.If you have to buy a funny gift, get this. It is one of those things that will make everyone laugh, but the recipes are actually yummy. It's not one of those gag gifts that people regift or throw away! Steal a few recipes out of it before you give it away or just keep it for yourself." β€”christina

    Get it on Amazon for $13.35.

    17. Cookin' With Coolio, in case you'd ever wondered what Coolio thinks of vegetarians.

    (Chapter 10: Vegetarian? Okay, Whatever!)

    Promising review: "This cookbook is fantastic! Hilarious commentary, delicious recipes, what else can you ask for in a cookbook? I highly recommend the "Drunk-Ass Chicken"β€”it's amazing! 10/10 would buy again." β€”emily

    Get it at Jet for $11.84 or on Amazon for $11.67.

    18. The Portlandia Cookbook, full of yummy food you can make even if your eggs aren't local.

    Promising review: "Great book! I originally bought it because I love the show and thought it would be funny, but the recipes are really great. So far we've made the Guac Tacs and the mac 'n' cheese recipes and they came out wonderfully. We plan to make many recipes from this book. Highly recommended for any fan of the show who loves to cook!" β€”Alexandra

    Get it at Jet or on Amazon for $17.85.

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