Review: The Geeky Chef Drinks by Cassandra Reeder

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I love to cook.  It’s not just something I have to do because the kids demand to be fed, it’s something I do because I enjoy it.  There’s nothing more satisfying – for me – than creating a meal that not only fills the bellies of those that I love, but also makes them happy.  Food is love, right?

Well, man can’t live on carrots and roast beef alone.  Sometimes you want to be an adult.  Other times, you need to be a geeky adult.

Which is where this cookbook comes into play.

The Geeky Chef Drinks takes a culinary tour of all the potions and elixirs our sci-fi and fantasy favorites have to offer.  Giving us things like Firewhisky from Harry Potter, Bloodwine from Star Trek, and the Atomic Cocktail from Fallout.  My personal favorite, however, and the one I squealed to see was the infamous Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.

This cookbook is an extensive and versatile reference for all drinks geeky and fun.  In addition to hitting all of our favorite movies, shows, books and video games, it also teaches you some basics about mixology and how to liven up your presentation.  Who wouldn’t want to give thier drink a magical shimmer?

For the most part, you can use whatever brand alcohol you like, but on occasion the author does suggest a particular brand and always gives her reasonings why you should use it instead of something else.  As added bonus for me, with two teenagers in the house, there are suggestions on how to make many of these drinks without alcohol.  So, if you don’t want to imbibe that night or want to share the fun with your kids, you can do so without guilt.  Or law breaking.

I cannot believe I’ve missed this series of cookbooks.  If the others are half as informative, creative, and entertaining as The Geeky Chef Drinks has been, then they’re sure to be winners.  I know what I’m putting on my Christmas list this year.

*Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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