Love Cuban food and cocktails? Try The I Love Lucy Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa.

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+.

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Love exploring strange new … recipes? Try the Star Trek Cookbook by Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes

\u200bThe cover of the Star Trek Cookbook shows Neelix aka coauthor Ethan Phillips and a variety of his special dishes

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.

Stream Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and several Star Trek original series and films on Paramount+.

Love comfort food? Try The Blue Bloods Cookbook by Wendy Howard Goldberg and Bridget Moynahan.

The cover of The Blue Bloods Cookbook shows Bridget Moyhahan cutting a roast

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 displays a dish inspired by the film Ratatouille

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

A blue and red box containing the official cookbook for Supernatural and an apron

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 features a red heart and cartoon characters inspired by the TV show credits

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.

Stream I Love Lucy on Paramount+.

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The crew of Star Trek: Lower Decks: Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Vanessa Marshall as First Officer, Jonathan Scott Frakes as Capt. William T. Riker, Jerry O'Connell as Cmdr. Jack Ransom, and Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford

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By Nate Millado

"Bigger! Funnier! The same length!" previewed Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan about the upcoming 10-episode season. "It's a really great mix of Serious Trek and Silly Trek." Ahead of its Aug. 12 premiere on Paramount+, Watch shares a Captain's Log–full of secrets and sneak peeks about Season 2.

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By Oliver Jones

The script called for a fat cat. Grudge, the feline companion of new character Cleveland "Book" Booker (David Ajala), was meant to just plod around in the background of scenes in the current season of CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery. But that wasn't an easy assignment for expert animal wrangler Paul Rutledge and his colleague Lesley Laurence.


Grudge the cat on Star Trek: Discovery

Grudge the cat on the set of Star Trek: Discovery.

Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/CBS.

"Being on set can be an extremely stressful situation for an overweight cat," says Rutledge, who worked with several Discovery producers on The CW's historical romance Reign.

Then the veteran wrangler got a burst of inspiration. Why not cast a Maine Coon? This exotic-looking feline is the largest domesticated cat breed and one of the oldest bred in North America.

Sonequa Martin-Green holds Grudge the cat on Star Trek: Discovery

Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham and Grudge of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.

Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/CBS.

Enter Leeu and Durban, two lookalike brothers who belong to restaurateur Michelle Smith and take turns playing the part. Far from portly (though the still-growing Leeu, 3, is over 40 inches long and weighs more than 20 pounds), the breakout animal stars of the new season have brought a playful athleticism to the role. They have even been known to deviate from the script during takes and leap suddenly onto their co-stars' backs.

Two tabby Main Coon cats

Siblings Leeu and Durban share the role of Grudge.

Photo Credit: Michelle Hendry.

As for stressed out? Not these tabbies. "Leeu is a very relaxed, easygoing cat," says Smith. "The littler one, Durban, can be more uptight. But then on set, they tend to switch spots." Smith, who also keeps two Wheaten Terriers, describes her Maine Coons as doglike. They rush the door when she returns home, come when called, and Leeu will do most anything for a treat. (Durban, on the other hand, is motivated by the sound of a can opener.)

Grudge the cat on Star Trek: Discovery

Life is pretty purr..fect for this Hollywood feline.

Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/CBS.

While these two are extraordinarily well trained (Leeu knows how to use the toilet), Smith keeps a backup plan in her pocket just in case. Says Smith, "I have some really excellent catnip."

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

Star Trek: Discovery streams exclusively on Paramount+.

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