11 Cookbooks Inspired by Movies, TV Shows, and Novels

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Ulysses Press/Universe/Amazon

You know the old saying: If you love something, obsess over it as much as possible to the point that you're cooking specialized food in order to stay immersed. These pop culture-inspired cookbooks will help you do just that, whether you're looking to dine like the society types from Downton Abbey or just want to brew up your own batch of butterbeer.

1. A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook; $23

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Feast like royalty with these recipes inspired by George R. R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy saga. This cookbook is split into sections based on the different regions of Westeros, with the chapter on the North featuring dishes like beef and bacon pie and the section on Dorne serving up Mediterranean-inspired fare like stuffed grape leaves and chickpea paste. Authors Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer took inspiration from real Medieval recipes, and, with the blessing of George R. R. Martin himself, included descriptions of the dining and entertaining styles specific to each of the seven kingdoms.

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2. The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide; $12

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This cookbook doubles as a survival guide, offering emergency preparedness suggestions from survivalists as well as organizations like the American Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’ll teach you basic food preparation and food storage skills that will come in handy for the next life-changing, potentially apocalyptic crisis you face.

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3. Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls; $16

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If there’s one thing Rory and Lorelai Gilmore are known for, it’s eating—a lot. This cookbook features recipes you might find at the Dragonfly Inn, Luke’s Diner, or even Emily and Richard’s fancy Friday night dinners. True to form, there’s an entire section dedicated to coffee alone.

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4. The Necronomnomnom: Recipes and Rites from the Lore of H. P. Lovecraft; $15

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Author Mike Slater’s Necronomnomnom is a tribute to H. P. Lovecraft’s surreal horror stories. The book includes hundreds of elaborate illustrations, and each recipe is written in Lovecraft’s signature style (a recipe for “New England damned chowder” instructs amateur chefs to “baptize the onion, celery, and garlic, saut’ing one twelfth hour until tender”). But be forewarned—one top-rated Amazon reviewer tells a disturbing tale. “Absolutely delicious but the food ate the children,” they write. “We still don’t know where the dog is!”

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5. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook; $11

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This cookbook takes fans through the Harry Potter series chapter by chapter, offering recipes for nearly every food item mentioned in passing. Inside, you’ll find a recipe for memorable food items like Madam Rosmerta’s world-famous butterbeer; treacle tart, Harry’s favorite dessert; and pumpkin pasties, a staple for students traveling on the Hogwarts Express.

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6. The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook; $23

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Food historian Annie Gray packs the official Downton Abbey cookbook full of fascinating historical details about British dining in the early 20th century. The book is split into two sections: The “upstairs” section includes recipes that would have been common among elites like the Crawleys, including cucumber soup and salmon mousse, while the “downstairs” section explains how to make more common British staples like gingerbread cake and toad-in-the-hole. If you’re searching for more ideas for a Downton Abbey-inspired party, there’s also an official cocktail ($17) recipe book and an afternoon tea ($20) cookbook.

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7. The Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers; $15

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If you’re as big a fan of groan-worthy puns as you are of burgers, this is the cookbook for you. Learn how to make more than 70 different types of burgers inspired by the hit animated series, including the “cheeses is born burger” and the “I know why the Cajun burger sings.”

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8. Firefly—The Big Damn Cookbook; $25

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The television show only got one season, but it can live on in your heart—and your stomach. Each recipe included in this book features commentary from the characters, who all pitched in to share their favorite recipes from childhood. And yes, there is a recipe for Mudder’s milk.

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9. Supernatural: The Official Cookbook; $15

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You can expect a lot of pie recipes in this cookbook inspired by the long-running paranormal television series. Besides that, the majority of the recipes included here would be right at home in a traditional American diner—not surprising for a TV show that takes place mostly on the road. Get the cookbook before the final episode of the series airs sometime this year.

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10. The One with All the Recipes: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Friends; $17

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With this cookbook, you can make so much more than just Rachel’s infamous Thanksgiving trifle. Inside, you’ll find dozens of recipes inspired by the classic sitcom, including floor cheesecake and engagement ring lasagna (minus the engagement ring). Practice long enough and you’ll be The One With All the Cooking Talent in no time.

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11. Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook; $13

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The doctor has a history of enjoying some unusual food combinations (fish fingers and custard, anyone?), but this cookbook is full of recipes that are a little more palatable than those depicted in the long-running television series. Entertain your guests (or just yourself) with Adipose Pavlova, Ood Head Bread, or Sally Sparrow’s Weeping Angel Cake, to name just a few.

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10 of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Heaters on Amazon

Mr. Heater/Amazon
Mr. Heater/Amazon

With the colder months just around the corner, you might want to start thinking about investing in an indoor or outdoor heater. Indoor heaters not only provide a boost of heat for drafty spaces, but they can also be a money-saver, allowing you to actively control the heat based on the rooms you’re using. Outdoor heaters, meanwhile, can help you take advantage of cold-weather activities like camping or tailgating without having to call it quits because your extremities have gone numb. Check out this list of some of Amazon’s highest-rated indoor and outdoor heaters so you can spend less time shivering this winter and more time enjoying what the season has to offer.

Indoor Heaters

1. Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater; $20

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This 1500-watt heater from Lasko may only be nine inches tall, but it can heat up to 300 square feet of space. With 11 temperature settings and three quiet settings—for high heat, low heat, and fan only—it’s a dynamic powerhouse that’ll keep you toasty all season long.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Alrocket Oscillating Space Heater; $25

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Alrocket’s oscillating space heater is an excellent addition to any desk or nightstand. Using energy-saving ceramic technology, this heater is made of fire-resistant material, and its special “tip-over” safety feature forces it to turn off if it falls over (making it a reliable choice for homes with kids or pets). It’s extremely quiet, too—at only 45 dB, it’s just a touch louder than a whisper. According to one reviewer, this an ideal option for a “very quiet but powerful” heater.

Buy it: Amazon

3. De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heather; $79

De’Longhi/Amazon

If you prefer a space heater with a more old-fashioned vibe, this radiator heater from De’Longhi gives you 2020 technology with a vintage feel. De’Longhi’s heater automatically turns itself on when the temperatures drops below 44°F, and it will also automatically turn itself off if it starts to overheat. Another smart safety feature? The oil system is permanently sealed, so you won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Aikoper Ceramic Tower Heater; $70

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Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Isiler Space Heater; $37

Isiler/Amazon

For a space heater that adds a fun pop of color to any room, check out this yellow unit from Isiler. Made from fire-resistant ceramic, Isiler’s heater can start warming up a space within seconds. It’s positioned on a triangular stand that creates an optimal angle for hot air to start circulating, rendering it so effective that, as one reviewer put it, “This heater needs to say ‘mighty’ in its description.”

Buy it: Amazon

Outdoor Heaters

6. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy; $104

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiland Pyramid Patio Propane Heater; Various

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The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit; $345

Solo Stove/Amazon

This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater; $119

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You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Mr. Heater 540 Degree Tank Top; $86

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

Buy it: Amazon

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10 of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Heaters on Amazon

Mr. Heater/Amazon
Mr. Heater/Amazon

With the colder months just around the corner, you might want to start thinking about investing in an indoor or outdoor heater. Indoor heaters not only provide a boost of heat for drafty spaces, but they can also be a money-saver, allowing you to actively control the heat based on the rooms you’re using. Outdoor heaters, meanwhile, can help you take advantage of cold-weather activities like camping or tailgating without having to call it quits because your extremities have gone numb. Check out this list of some of Amazon’s highest-rated indoor and outdoor heaters so you can spend less time shivering this winter and more time enjoying what the season has to offer.

Indoor Heaters

1. Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater; $20

Lasko/Amazon

This 1500-watt heater from Lasko may only be nine inches tall, but it can heat up to 300 square feet of space. With 11 temperature settings and three quiet settings—for high heat, low heat, and fan only—it’s a dynamic powerhouse that’ll keep you toasty all season long.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Alrocket Oscillating Space Heater; $25

Alrocket/Amazon

Alrocket’s oscillating space heater is an excellent addition to any desk or nightstand. Using energy-saving ceramic technology, this heater is made of fire-resistant material, and its special “tip-over” safety feature forces it to turn off if it falls over (making it a reliable choice for homes with kids or pets). It’s extremely quiet, too—at only 45 dB, it’s just a touch louder than a whisper. According to one reviewer, this an ideal option for a “very quiet but powerful” heater.

Buy it: Amazon

3. De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heather; $79

De’Longhi/Amazon

If you prefer a space heater with a more old-fashioned vibe, this radiator heater from De’Longhi gives you 2020 technology with a vintage feel. De’Longhi’s heater automatically turns itself on when the temperatures drops below 44°F, and it will also automatically turn itself off if it starts to overheat. Another smart safety feature? The oil system is permanently sealed, so you won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Aikoper Ceramic Tower Heater; $70

Aikoper/Amazon

Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Isiler Space Heater; $37

Isiler/Amazon

For a space heater that adds a fun pop of color to any room, check out this yellow unit from Isiler. Made from fire-resistant ceramic, Isiler’s heater can start warming up a space within seconds. It’s positioned on a triangular stand that creates an optimal angle for hot air to start circulating, rendering it so effective that, as one reviewer put it, “This heater needs to say ‘mighty’ in its description.”

Buy it: Amazon

Outdoor Heaters

6. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy; $104

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiland Pyramid Patio Propane Heater; Various

Hiland/Amazon

The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit; $345

Solo Stove/Amazon

This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater; $119

Dr. Infrared/Amazon

You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Mr. Heater 540 Degree Tank Top; $86

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

Buy it: Amazon

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