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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Virtual Talk with co-author of A Gothic Cookbook, Alessandra Pino

A ticket to a virtual talk about Gothic literature and food by co-author and academic, Alessandra Pino.

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A signed, limited edition A4 art print by the illustrator of A Gothic Cookbook, Lee Henry. Your print will be printed in colour on high quality 300gsm paper.

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An exclusive set of illustrated recipe cards to inspire a Gothic-themed meal for yourself or to try with friends, family or your book club.

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A beautifully illustrated, full-colour, booklet with more than a dozen recipes for Gothic cocktails, from an absinthe-infused Corpse Reviver 1818 – named in honour of the year Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was first published – and a Cup of Stars inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House (ours is a clarified milk punch, stiffened with rum).

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A beautiful, drawn-to-order portrait of your beloved animal companion, whether gerbil, guinea pig or Great Dane. Hand-drawn in a gloriously Gothic style by Lee Henry, illustrator of A Gothic Cookbook, and including your pet's name.

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Celebrate Mary Shelley's 224th birthday with this limited-time "Vegetarian Monster" themed pledge, inspired by her (and Victor's) most famous creation.
Receive a set of 13 beautifully illustrated, downloadable cards with vegetarian recipes from A Gothic Cookbook, with step-by-step instructions for dishes such as a Shepherd's Breakfast Bake (a savoury bread pudding inspired by a meal devoured by Frankenstein's creature), walnut ravioli from Rebecca and a meat-free take on Jonathan Harker's paprika hendl (Dracula).
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Is food the most underrated character in Gothic literature?

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.

Written by Ella Buchan and Alessandra Pino, and with illustrations from Lee Henry, this literary inspired cookbook is composed of 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 – and a bitter tangerine signals a sharp, yet unheeded, warning against marriage and Manderley in Rebecca. 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:

  • A 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.
  • The entire Mandeley afternoon tea as described in du Maurier’s novel, from the “dripping crumpets” to angel cake, “thatmelted in the mouth” and even some 1930s-appropriate fillings for those “sandwiches of an unknown nature”.
  • Gin and tonic cake, inspired by Mrs Poole's destructive habit (and Bertha’s escape) 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 inFrankenstein, reimagined as a moreish savoury bread pudding.
  • A step-by-step on transforming foraged acorns into flour, which can be used for acorn bread and scones in homage to the creature’s diet in Mary Shelley’s masterpiece.
  • Fruit tart topped with cream, and creepy yet covetable vanilla bonbons, inspired by Count Fosco’s voracious appetite in The Woman in White.
  • Spatchcock chicken marinated in radish-top pesto and served with a radish remoulade, based on the "bird and radishes" consumed inThe Haunting of Hill House – a classic tale that also spawns a nostalgic peach shortcake.
  • Chilean seafood stew or “chupe” and portentous (yet pleasurable) black-and-white chocolate mousses a laRosemary’s Baby, where the themes of food and witchcraft intertwine.
  • Beef with huckleberry sauce, Southern-style spoon bread, and “sweet things” as craved by a hungry ghost in Toni Morrison's seminal classic,Beloved.
  • Hot chocolate pudding pots, cider and sausage casserole, and roast pheasant with hazelnut stuffing and chocolate-hazelnut mole sauce, 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 terrifyingThe Woman in Black (followed by “sirloin of beef, apple and raisin tart with cream, and some Stilton cheese”).

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.

Image credits: Design by Mecob. Images: © Shutterstock.com. Book illustrations © Lee Henry.

Book designs, cover and other images are for illustrative purposes and may differ from final design.

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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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  • 28th October 2021 All Hallows' Eve: A Very Gothic Menu

    Hello, and happy (nearly) Halloween!

    We've put together a three-course menu as a little treat (no tricks here), with recipes for a starter, main and dessert from the cookbook, along with an aparitif from our vintage-style cocktail booklet.

    Hopefully it will provide some spooky supper/dinner party inspiration, tide over those of you who are so patiently waiting for the book to come out, and give…

    4th October 2021 All Hallows' Month

    Spooky season is here at last! To celebrate, we'll be posting tricks and treats (mostly treats) every day, advent-style. There will be cooking tips, recipe inspiration, spooky facts, discount codes, videos and sneak peeks of what we're cooking/writing/drawing.

    Our illustrator Lee has created this creepily brilliant (or brilliantly creepy) hand-drawn image to mark each day from 1-31. Follow us on…

    15th September 2021 That Very Special Gingerbread

    Last night I dreamt I ate some gingerbread again...

    We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has so generously and enthusiastically supported our spooky cookbook. You've helped us to pass the halfway point in our crowdfunding and, with the nights drawing in and Halloween lurking in the shadows, the second half should hopefully be a relative breeze.

    As a thank you for being so wonderful…

    26th August 2021 Afternoon tea & tart tangerines: new excerpt from A Gothic Cookbook

    We've been rather busy this month, in the nicest possible way: researching 1930s recipe books and whisking, folding, whipping, griddling, baking our way to the perfect Manderley afternoon tea. It wasn't just an excuse to eat lots of cake and crumpets, of course. This was all in the name of celebrating Daphne du Maurier's evocative food descriptions for our chapter on Rebecca.

    Alongside recipes…

    14th July 2021 Gothic Pets

    Hello!

    This week, while we've been writing, drawing and recipe testing as usual, our resident "Goth dog" Dolly has been patiently posing for this portrait to demonstrate our latest crowdfunding pledge level.

    Each Gothic Pet Portrait will be hand-drawn from a photograph of your favourite animal by A Gothic Cookbook artist, Lee Henry, and printed on A3. 

    This one is limited to just 10 pledges…

    30th June 2021 A Gothic Cookbook: Project update

    Hello everyone,

    Just a note to say thank you to all of our supporters so far. We're not quite a month into funding and are close to a third of the way there, so hopefully it shouldn't be long until our beautifully illustrated cookbook goes into production.

    The quicker we reach our funding target, the quicker you get your hands on the world's first comprehensive cookbook inspired by food in Gothic…

    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…

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