Break out these culinary guides when binge-watching your favorites.
By Michelle Darrisaw
Ever felt hungry when watching Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) bribe her husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz) with his favorite chicken and rice dish on I Love Lucy? What about those Sunday family dinner scenes from Blue Bloods or the Vulcan and Romulan cuisine featured on Star Trek? Of course, we'd be remiss not to include the Winchester brothers' diner favorites from Supernatural or the envy-inducing Krabby Patties that draw lines of ravenous sea creatures to the Krusty Krab in SpongeBob SquarePants.
Suffice it to say, once food makes a cameo on-screen—even in animated series—you may find it hard to quiet your growling stomach. Fortunately, you don't have to, thanks to cookbooks offering creative entrees, desserts, and drink recipes to whet your appetite. If the only thing you love more than TV is good food, we've got you covered with TV-inspired cookbooks. Add these five cooking tomes to your collection, then make dinner a night in with Paramount+.
Love exploring strange new … recipes? Try the Star Trek Cookbook by Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes
The cover of the Star Trek Cookbook shows Neelix aka coauthor Ethan Phillips
The Star Trek franchise spans 10 movies, three film reboots, and more than nine TV series, including Paramount+ originals such as Discovery, Picard, and Lower Decks. It should come as no surprise then that the official Star Trek Cookbook includes more than 330 pages. By Ethan Phillips, who played Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager, and New York Times bestselling writer William J. Birnes, and published by Simon & Schuster, the Star Trek Cookbook features recipes inspired by Star Trek foods and themes and details the story behind some of the characters' favorite dishes. If you're looking to expand your culinary horizons and your Star Trek memorabilia collection, this cookbook is a great addition.
Love comfort food? Try The Blue Bloods Cookbook by Wendy Howard Goldberg and Bridget Moynahan.
The cover of The Blue Bloods Cookbook.
Not only does Blue Bloods serve up drama, justice, and heartwarming family moments, it also delivers on food. As the tagline on The Blue Bloods Cookbook suggests, there are more than 100 recipes guaranteed to bring your family to the table. Even more impressive, Bridget Moynahan, who stars as Erin Reagan on the popular CBS procedural, is co-author. If you enjoy watching hearty dishes like pot roast and potatoes get passed around the Reagan dinner table, you'll love making our own version of the comforting recipes and Italian-inspired staples featured in this cookbook, including cheesecake covered in NYPD blue topping and Reagan-style pizza.
Watch Blue Bloods on CBS and stream anytime on Paramount+.
Love binge-eating while binge-watching? Try Binging with Babish by Andrew Rea
The cover of the Binging with Babish cookbook shows a recipe inspired by the film Ratatouille.
Andrew Rea took his passion for film, TV, and food and turned it into the successful YouTube video series "Binging with Babish." His cooking channel boasts more than nine million subscribers. It's easy to see why he channeled that success into the aptly-titled cookbook Binging with Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows. Rea recreates recipes seen in Paramount Pictures films such as The Godfather, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Forrest Gump. Cannoli, shrimp, and pasta puttanesca, anyone? He also puts his own spin on favorites like Eggs Florentine from the CBS series Frasier and Krabby Patties and shakes from Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants.Stream The Godfather, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Frasier, and SpongeBob SquarePants on Paramount+.
Love eating on the road? Try Supernatural: The Official Cookbook by Julie Tremaine
Dude, where the pie? The official cookbook for Supernatural.
Burgers, pies, and fries? Oh my! All roads lead to food, and, well, saving humanity in The CW's scary-good series. Although Supernatural ended its 15-season run in November 2020, sci-fi and fantasy fans can still get their diner-food fix with this themed cookbook. If you salivate every time Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) bites into a juicy burger to fuel up after fighting evil forces, you're in luck! Dean's picks are all represented in this cookbook, including go-to orders such as Pig 'n a Poke and Sweet Cherry Pie. If Sam Winchester's (Jared Padalecki) love for healthier fare like salads is more your speed, you'll find it here as well. Both novice home cooks and expert chefs will appreciate this culinary manual filled with photos, illustrations, and quotes.
Love Cuban food and cocktails? Try The I Love Lucy Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa
The cover of The I Love Lucy Cookbook.
The iconic CBS sitcom brought audiences plenty of laughter and, yes, food triumphs (and fails!) throughout its six-season run. Who can forget Lucy stomping grapes at a local vineyard, slurring her way through the Vitameatavegamin commercial, or working on a chocolate assembly line with her partner in crime, Ethel (Vivian Vance)? The I Love Lucy Cookbook contains plenty of cocktails, Cuban dishes such as Arroz con Pollo, and chocolate treats. Chock-full of visuals celebrating the beloved series and its characters, this cookbook is a must-have for fans.