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True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps

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by Gianna Sobol, Alan Ball
     
 

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True Blood, HBO's blockbuster paranormal drama, enthralls a diverse audience of 13 million viewers (and counting). Menus at the now-famous Fangtasia and Merlotte's Bar and Grill play a key role in the series, providing sustenance for its human characters, evoking memories of a bygone life for its vampires, and serving as a powerful symbol for the desires and

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True Blood, HBO's blockbuster paranormal drama, enthralls a diverse audience of 13 million viewers (and counting). Menus at the now-famous Fangtasia and Merlotte's Bar and Grill play a key role in the series, providing sustenance for its human characters, evoking memories of a bygone life for its vampires, and serving as a powerful symbol for the desires and carnal needs the characters harbor. It's no wonder so many fans revel in at-home parties inspired by the food on the series! With recipes from unforgettable scenes, each entertainingly introduced by True Blood's most compelling characters, these 85 authentic bayou country recipes and 150-plus photos from the series give fans a big taste of Bon Temps.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dedicated fans of the HBO series True Blood (and of punny recipe titles) will get a kick out of this playful volume. The creator and an associate producer get help from a former New Orleans Times-Picayune staff writer Shalett and Louisiana native cooking teacher Bienvenu, and the result is part series scrapbook, with plenty of stills from the show and all recipe notes and chapter intros attributed to characters, and part cookbook and cocktail guide. Twenty of the book’s 85 recipes are for drinks, purportedly from Fangtasia and Lou Pine’s Biker Bar, for such concoctions as Dead on the Beach, Vampade, Moonshine Rising, and Hair of the Wolf. Though vampire references and related imagery are hardly appetizing, readers who look past that will find a few decadent recipes for mere mortals. In his preface, Ball specifically recommends Summer Tallulah Huckaby’s Betrothal Biscuits. Other notable entries include Up-in-Arms Biscuits and Gravy, What a Fried Chicken, Confederate Ambrosia, The Pearl in My Oyster Po’ Boy, A Hush-ed Puppy, and Sookie Stackhouse’s Fried Apple Pies, Classic Chess Pie, and Glazed Fresh Strawberry Pie in the homestyle Southern collection. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"On Sunday summer nights for the past four years, households across the land have turned into True Blood viewing party venues, where folks infatuated with the HBO show's campy, sexually perverse storytelling convene and wish they could sip some of that bottled blood sold at Fangtasia and Merlotte's Bar and Grill. Here's the perfect gift for them: A Southern-minded cookbook overseen by former True Blood showrunner Alan Ball that offers over 80 recipes and 150 photos of their favorite characters. Help your friends' sixth season bashes get even freakier with dishes like Stake and Eggs and I Wanna Snapper in Two and some Dead on the Beach cocktails."
— Complex.com
Library Journal
There are "unofficial" cookbooks for many popular books, movies, and TV series (e.g., Twilight, The Hunger Games, Mad Men, Downton Abbey), but creator-sanctioned cookbooks are more rare. This one by Sobol and Alan Ball, the associate producer and creator, respectively, of HBO's True Blood, is particularly immersive; each recipe (developed by cookbook author Marcelle Bienvenu) is introduced by a character from the show, and glossy photos of the actors and sets far outnumber those of dishes like The Pearl in My Oyster Po' Boy and Just Desserts Blood (Orange) Gelato. VERDICT This collection of feel-good Southern fare will please True Blood devotees.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452110868
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/05/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
565,918
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Gianna Sobol is an associate producer on HBO's hit series True Blood. She lives in Los Angeles.

Alan Ball is the creator, writer, and producer of the HBO original series True Blood and Six Feet Under. He lives in Los Angeles (but has deep Southern roots).

Karen Sommer Shalett is the editor-in-chief of DC magazine, and a former staff writer for New Orleans' Times-Picayune.

Marcelle Bienvenu is co-author of the bestselling New Orleans heritage cookbook, Cookin' Up a Storm.

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True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far the most AWESOME cookbook I own!  Having made several of the recipes within days of purchasing I haven't had a failure yet.  The directions are super easy to follow, even for a Yankee girl for myself! My favorite so far are Laffayette's onion rings!
Topmedic More than 1 year ago
The pot roast recipe is to die for!! It is now a staple in my household, as well as my mother's!! Super easy to make and only a few ingredients!! The book alone would be a gorgeous coffee table book, lots of pictures of the cast and set. Just gorgeous!!! If you like southern cooking, or new to it like me, don't pass this book up!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore this book! I'm a huge fan of the book series as well as the show. The recipes are fantastic and easy to follow! There simple recipes like "Cajun Potato Salad" and complex recipes like the birthday cake Karl made for Tara's birthday. I also love the drinks section. Great suggestions from Alcide to Pam! If your a Trubies this book is for you!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the true blood tv seares and love this too
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EstrellaG More than 1 year ago
Being a southern breed myself..this book is a must buy for True Blood fans! The recipes are good including the biscuits and gravy (awesome)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the photos and the traditional Southern recipes.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It not a reice pice dumm people this days it true blood