A Gothic Cookbook

By Ella Buchan and Alessandra Pino, with illustrations by Lee Henry

A feast for the senses: an illustrated cookbook inspired by classic and contemporary Gothic texts.

Illustrated | Food & drink
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Is food the most underrated character in Gothic literature?

Written by Ella Buchan and Alessandra Pino, and with illustrations from Lee Henry, A Gothic Cookbook is an original cookbook showcasing food and drink from, and inspired by, classic and contemporary Gothic tales, teasing out the tastiest titbits with recipes, literary criticism and drawings.

The significance of food in Gothic literature is showcased across thirteen divinely delicious chapters, each focusing on a different story and discussing its edible motifs before bringing them to life - and to your table - with approachable, easy-to-follow recipes and hand-drawn illustrations.

There's Dracula, which lulls protagonist Jonathan Harker into a false sense of security with cold cuts and a spicy, smoky, peppery stew. Frankenstein’s “monster” starts out as a benign vegetarian, while Mrs Poole’s overindulgence in Mother’s Ruin triggers Mr Rochester’s downfall in Jane Eyre. Notice, too, how a ghostly presence craves sugar and burnt bread in Toni Morrison’s Beloved... 

These compelling insights are accompanied by more than sixty recipes, including:

  • Our twist on Florence Balcombe's "Dracula Salad", written by the widow of Bram Stoker and published in a church pamphlet in 1912.
  • A creamy, peppery, paprika-laced chicken paprikash, inspired by the classic Hungarian stew and as enjoyed by Jonathan Harker before entering Dracula's castle.
  • A plate of fresh ricotta-filled ravioli as gleefully and greedily devoured by Mrs Van Hopper with her "fat, bejewelled fingers" while our poor heroine picks at someone else's rejects, a cold, badly carved "plate of ham and tongue" - in Daphne Du Maurier's classic ghost story, Rebecca.
  • Gin and tonic cake, inspired by Mrs Poole's destructive habit in Jane Eyre.
  • A cockle-warming hot negus, a drink with which Jane is greeted upon arrival at Thornfield, made with wine, hot water, lemon, sugar and nutmeg.
  • The shepherd's breakfast, as coveted by the creature in Frankenstein, reimagined as a moreish savoury bread pudding.
  • Spatchcock chicken with radish salad, based on the "bird and radishes" consumed in The Haunting of Hill House – a classic tale that also spawns a nostalgic peach shortcake.
  • Chilean seafood stew or “chupe” and portentous (yet pleasurable) cherry chocolate mousses a la Rosemary’s Baby.
  • Sweet treats, beef with huckleberry sauce, and Southern-style spoon bread sure to soothe the most restless apparition, inspired by Toni Morrison's seminal classic, Beloved.
  • Hot chocolate pudding pots, cider and sausage casserole, and baked pheasant with hazelnut stuffing, brought to life from the pages of Angela Carter's chilling short story, The Bloody Chamber.
  • And - of course - bone broth, as featured in Susan Hill’s terrifying The Woman in Black.

Indulge in this interplay between supper and the supernatural, where you’ll learn to pick your desserts carefully: chocolate mousses foreshadow impending doom, yet the humble seed cake is a gesture of kindness.

Inspired by Alessandra’s academic studies into how food manifests itself on the pages of Gothic literature, and combining her knife-sharp analysis with Ella’s experience as a food writer and recipe developer, A Gothic Cookbook pays homage to the most appetising cuts of the genre, with even the most avid reader discovering eerie and edible delights.

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    Ella Buchan

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    Alessandra Pino

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    Lee Henry

    Ella Buchan is an award-winning travel, food and drink journalist – and geeky gourmet – who regularly contributes to publications including National Geographic Traveller and Food, the Times, the Independent and the Telegraph. Based in North East England, she spends most of her time digging into the stories behind the cuisines and culinary traditions of places around the world, from cabbies’ shelters in London to the bodegones or traditional taverns of Buenos Aires. Ella also has experience in recipe development and a First Class degree in English Literature from Newcastle University – and is thrilled to at last be able to bring all these strands together in one beautifully bound book.


    Alessandra Pino is an expert on the edible and the Gothic. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Westminster, London, researching food and anxiety with roots in Gothic literature. Alessandra was born in Hampstead, London, to an Italian mother and Venezuelan diplomat father, and grew up in several different countries. She holds university degrees in English Literature from Naples “L’Orientale” and in Translation Studies from Westminster. She worked with a Michelin-starred chef for nearly ten years before embarking on a career in advertising. Alessandra brings to A Gothic Cookbook her deep academic knowledge, digging into food themes and motifs in a series of classic and contemporary novels from the 19th century to the present day.


    Freelance graphic designer and artist Lee Henry creates the hand-drawn illustrations that bring the cookbook’s themes and recipes to life in a suitably dark and enigmatic style. Specialising in branding for the hospitality industry and with clients ranging from Borough Market traders to gastro-pubs, he combines a passion for food with some pretty impressive draughtsmanship.


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  • 12th June 2021 Have a (virtual) cocktail on us

    After a little over a week, A Gothic Cookbook is already one-fifth funded. We're thrilled that so many people "get" our proudly strange cookbook because, let's face it, it isn't exactly your traditional kitchen tome.

    We've been busy testing recipes (time-consuming but, we'll admit, fun) including "Mrs Poole's Gin & Tonic Cake, AKA Bertha's Escape". We're also playing around with some Gothic cocktails…

    2nd June 2021 Dawn of the dead (good cookbook)

    We're on our way! Thank you so much to our first supporters for having faith in our project. We're all very proud and very nervous, so having people pledge for the book (and beyond) on DAY ONE has been marvellous.

    Just 96% left to raise, so... Goths, food people, bookish types – go!

    Allie, Ella & Lee (and Frankenstein, Dracula, Rebecca, Mrs Danvers, Sethe, Beloved, Jane Eyre, Bertha, Dorian…

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