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As tasty as it is terrifying, a delicious leap into the pits of both our nightmares and our stomachs.
Neil Buttery, host of The British Food History Podcast

A Gothic Cookbook: Hauntingly Delicious Recipes Inspired by 13 Classic Tales

Ella Buchan and Dr Alessandra Pino, with illustrations by Lee Henry
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Publication Date: 03.10.2024
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    First edition hardback.

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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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    An exclusive Gothic-inspired bar blade with a quote from a classic text.

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    Cocktail Booklet£30.0062 Pledges

    A beautifully illustrated booklet of libations inspired by favourite Gothic novels. More than a dozen cocktail recipes include a Mint Espresso Martini, inspired by coffee and creme de menthe in Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, a Champagne cocktail as quaffed by vampires in Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories, and a Corpse Reviver 1818 – stiffened with absinthe and named in honour of the year Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was published. And, of course, your very own Cup of Stars a la Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House – though ours is a sheer, silky-smooth clarified rum milk punch based on an 18th-century recipe.

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    Digital copy of the book and the name of your choice printed in the subscribers’ list at the back of the book.

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  • Downloadable Vegetarian Recipe Cards
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    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). (There will be tried and tested vegan adaptations where relevant.)

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    A tea towel emblazoned with a bespoke illustration from the cookbook.

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  • Downloadable Cocktail Recipe Cards
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    A set of 3 exclusive, downloadable cocktail recipe cards, each accompanied by a beautiful illustration by Lee Henry, and with step-by-step instructions of how to mix up Gothic, gin-based cocktails such as the Fright Lady, an absinthe-soaked twist on the classic drink, White Lady.

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As tasty as it is terrifying, a delicious leap into the pits of both our nightmares and our stomachs.
Neil Buttery, host of The British Food History Podcast

‘Beautifully written, artfully illustrated, and filled with wonderful recipes' Tom Parker Bowles.

A literary-inspired cookbook that reveals the hidden meaning behind food in your favourite Gothic tales, from Jane Eyre to Beloved, The Picture of Dorian Gray to The Haunting of Hill House.

Dracula lulls his victim into a false sense of security with a spicy, smoky, peppery stew, served here with black tagliatelle for full Gothic effect. Frankenstein’s ‘monster’ starts out as a vegetarian who feasts on acorns, which happen to make crumbly, delicately sweetened bread. A sumptuous honeymoon dinner of pheasant with hazelnuts and chocolate signals consumption and indulgence in The Bloody Chamber, while the dripping crumpets and melt-in-the-mouth angel cake from Rebecca are pawns in a battle for control.

With knife-sharp analysis followed by divinely delicious, approachable recipes and hand-drawn illustrations, A Gothic Cookbook is the perfect culinary companion for those of you who enjoy a slice of the macabre with your meal.

Featuring a foreword by Leone Ross.

‘One of the most inspiring books I have read in years. A beautifully crafted blend of erudition, humour and culinary wisdom' Ivan Day, food scholar and broadcaster

‘Wickedly delicious . . . Reading it is probably almost as much fun as they had writing it'  Annie Gray, author of The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

‘The writing exploring these delicious foods and dangerous fictions is as rich as the recipes and will leave you wanting more' Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories

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Something wicked this way comes...

And something rather delicious, too - as our cookbook embarks on its final journey into print. The final edits have been made, the fonts have been chosen, and our tweaked, touched up, polished and per...

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