The Nightmare Before Dinner Cookbook Review

The Nightmare Before Dinner Cookbook Review

Title: The Nightmare Before Dinner:Recipes to Die For: The Beetle House Cookbook
Author: Zach Neil
Published: October 16, 2018, Race Point Publishing
No. of Pages: 164
Cover Price: $25.00 Hardcover, $11.99 Kindle

The Beetle House is a restaurant located in both New York and Los Angeles, and advertises that “every day is Halloween.” If you love Halloween, you’ll love The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes to Die For: The Beetle House Cookbookby , even if you don’t live near either Beetle House restaurants. The names of the dishes are clever (Hallowpeño Honey Cheddar Cornbread, Edward Burger Hands), and actually sound appealing (as far as Halloween dishes go, that is). Even though they have clever names, the recipes are for down-to-earth bonafide good dishes, that, in reality can be served year round. Especially impressive are some of the sauces; Sweeny Sauce, a wine and mushroom cream sauce is delicious, as is Cheshire Sauce (a creamy cheese sauce). There is also Dead Sauce, Hollow Sauce (with homemade ketchup and a favorite Korean chili paste, gochujang), and Love It Sauce (similar to the ever popular Alfredo sauce).

Other favorites from this book include Beetle Bacon Bread, Sriracha-Roasted Butternut Squash Death Soup, Bloodbath Cobbler, and Beetle Pie. The book includes fun recipes for beverages (regular and alcoholic), appetizers, breads, salads, soups, main dishes, and desserts, which are helpful when planning a great Halloween BOO-ffet. The recipes are well-written and easy to understand; most are easy to make, too. They are also appealing in a macabre way. Really good cookbooks must contain photographs, and this book doesn’t disappoint; the photos are beautiful, and will make readers want to make every recipe.

Anyone who loves Halloween, and plans to cook for it, will love having this delightful cookbook. There are so many fun, good recipes, though, it would be a good idea to start celebrating on October first.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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