The Video Game Chef: 76 Iconic Foods from Pac-Man to Elden Ring

Epic Ink: Quarto. Sept. 2023. 208p. ISBN 9780760382875. $24.99. COOKING
Reeder, creator of the Geeky Chef blog and cookbook series (The Geeky Chef Strikes Back), offers a video game–inspired cookbook that will help readers level up their cooking skills. She uses video game terms, fonts, and references to create fun recipes. Some may ask what the connection is between video games and recipes, but Reeder finds a way to represent even the silliest video game recipes that readers can use to “heal” themselves. Recipes range from a Jurassic Park–inspired Jurassic pork soup to a Sims 2–based grilled cheese. Reeder introduces the cookbook by defining the different “difficulty levels,” and kitchen terms are broken down by “common” items and “legendary” types. Each chapter is arranged by video game release year, from the 1980s to the present, and each recipe includes a difficulty level, a yield (serving size), and a synopsis of the game and the recipe that it inspired.
VERDICT Video game lovers, foodies, and fans of the Geeky Chef will enjoy.
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