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The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" - More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy (Unofficial Cookbook) [Kindle Edition]

Emily Ansara Baines
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Book Description

"Here's some advice. Stay alive." --Haymitch Abernathy

When it comes to The Hunger Games, staying alive means finding food any way possible. Katniss and Gale hunt live game, Peeta's family survives on the bread they make, and the inhabitants of the Seam work twelve-hour days for a few handfuls of grain--all while the residents of the Capitol gorge themselves on delicacies and desserts to the heart's desire.

For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including:

  • French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery
  • Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums
  • Rue's Roasted Parsnips
  • Gale's Bone-Pickin' Big Game Soup
  • Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake

If you're starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite!

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Featured Recipe: Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew

"Katniss's favorite food from the Capitol is the delicious lamb stew with dried plums. It's no coincidence that this is her favorite dish. Soups and stews are common foods in the Seam, and this healthy and filling dish likely reminded her of the home and family she desperately missed." (The Hunger Games, Chapter 9)

Yield 8-10 servings

  • 5 pounds lamb fillet, shoulder or leg, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1½ cups diced celery
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 5 cups dried plums
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup ginger ale
  1. Place lamb, salt, pepper, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Toss to coat meat evenly.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan and brown the meat, working in batches if you have to.
  3. Remove lamb to a side plate. Pour off fat, leaving ¼ cup in the pan. Add the garlic and onion and sauté until the onion becomes golden. Deglaze frying pan with the ½ cup water, taking care to scrape the bottom of the pan to stir up all of the tasty bits of meat and onion. Cook to reduce liquid slightly, then remove from heat.
  4. Place the lamb and garlic-onion mixture in a large stockpot. Add beef stock and sugar, stirring until sugars are dissolved. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and simmer for 1½ hours.
  5. Add the vegetables, dried plums, herbs, and ginger ale to the pot. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until meat and vegetables pierce easily with a fork.


Hungry for the dishes served up in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy? The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" -- More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy is ready to rock fans' kitchens." --USA Today

"The Hunger Games movie is just a few months away, and really, who isn't secretly super-excited for the teen post-apocalyptic book trilogy to make it to the big screen? Watching the trailer on repeat is pretty fun. . . but now comes an even better way to sate your appetite--literally--until the film comes out. The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook!" --Village Voice

"In the postapocalyptic fantasy series The Hunger Games, starving characters eat whatever they can kill or forage: wild dog, horse, tree bark, mouse have become obsessed with the food in the books, trying home preparation of dishes such as fire-roasted rabbit and seaweed bread. This month, The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook was published, with 150 recipes for rustic, gamy fare including fried squirrel and raccoon in bacon drippings, though none for dog. Food, and the lack of it, is a recurring theme in the dystopian trilogy." --The Wall Street Journal

"Most of the recipes are definitely ones that my whole family will enjoy and the kids will love knowing about the connection to The Hunger Games. If you or your children are fans of The Hunger Games, you definitely need to pick up a copy of The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook." --Confessions of an Overworked Mom Blog

"I give it a 'buy.' If you are into cooking game, and like a diverse cookbook that allowed you to easily substitute ingredients, then this is for you." --Bossy Italian Wife Blog


Product Details

  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00631IB3I
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103 of 116 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute idea for Hunger Games fans, but bakers beware! March 27, 2012
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I'd checked out the Hunger Games cookbook after reading the first two books in the trilogy, and upon first glance, I was excited: the author tied in specific food-related references in the Hunger Games Trilogy at the beginning of each recipe. Some of these connections are rather tenuous at best, and the recipes included here are more "inspired by" than direct translations of foods mentioned. So far, so good.

The book is divided into breakfast, soups, stews, and salads, appetizers, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb and pork, wild game (!), and desserts, along with an index of herbs. The skill level of the recipes is appropriate for older kids and teens, who are likely the target audience given the Hunger Games books. However, the game recipes in particular are an odd inclusion. I can see including one or two for authenticity using game that could conceivably be found at a butcher's or exotic meat store, but including a whole chapter of such delights as wild raccoon, fried squirrel, beaver, tree rat, etc. seemed a bit TOO authentic and more like filler (plus, it made me shudder to think of the consequences of not storing or preparing it properly). In an online interview, I found the following: "When it came to wild game, where the dish called for raccoon or tree rat, Ms Baines did her research and trawling culinary sites and game cooking forums, discovered many solutions." For something specialized like preparing and cooking wild game, I want to know that the cookbook author has more experience than "I looked it up online." There are also many recipes that call for wild plants like Japanese knotweed, yucca stalks, milkweed buds, stinging nettles, etc. Again, kudos for faithfulness to the original premise of foraging for survival, but as a usable cookbook, it limits its appeal.
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118 of 134 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Appalling! March 28, 2012
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I was one of the very first to review The Hunger Games. I loved the book, thought it one of the best I had seen for the Young Adult market in quite some while. Even way back in 2008 I was predicting that the Hunger Games series might just be the next big thing. So, I was delighted to see the recent release of the movie and was glad to have the opportunity to review Emily Ansara Baines The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" - More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy. I cannot begin to tell you how dreadfully sad I am to have to write the review I'm about to put on "paper."

At first glance, The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook seems like a brilliant and fairly well executed idea, though I must admit that I had questions about the use of the Hunger Games name, surely by now trademarked. In spots, the recipes are marvelous. In others, not so much. And while I certainly understand the idea behind including things like mountain goat and yucca, foraging for food is something that takes knowledge. Many - probably most - of the recipes that use foraged plant roots I would not use, even though I've been "picking wild" for more than a half a century.

As I started taking a closer look at some of the recipes I started to notice some odd things. The recipe for Finnick And Annie's Wedding: White Wedding Cake, though it is a wedding cake indeed, is not a white wedding cake. White cakes do not contain any egg yolks, as those color the cake a golden color. This recipe contains 7 of them.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My daughter got this as a birthday gift and we have tried to cook from it. Not a single recipe has worked yet. The baked goods have very odd proportions in the ingredients. The author clearly is not an experienced baker and must not have tested the recipes at all. As other reviewers have noted, she put this book together from stuff she found on the Internet, including words written by others. The front material has acknowledgements to two authors of wild game cookbooks - if the author used their words, their names should be on the cover. Shame!

This book is a waste of your money.
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54 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is amazing. December 13, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The first thing I have to say about this book is that I could not imagine a more loving tribute to the Hunger Games trilogy. Each recipe has a blurb that tells you where the food can be found in the book and a little bit about its context. That in itself is impressive, as there are a *TON* of recipes in here. There is something for every meal, and even the pickiest of eaters will find something they'll enjoy. The author, you may notice, has a serious sweet tooth - even simple things like breads, salads and porridge have extra ingredients to make them more fruity and spicy and sweet. This adds to the excitement of tasting a food from a good book.
You'll notice that a lot of reviews allude to the fact that there is a section in the book for cooking wild game. Don't let that put you off - the other 80% of the recipes in here have much easier ingredients to find. And anyway, how could there be a Hunger Games cookbook WITHOUT a wild game section? I confess I probably won't be cooking any of those, but even reading the recipes is entertaining.
I would recommend this book to foodies and fans alike.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummy
Amazing recipes and very helpful for my daughters birthday! She loves the Hunger Games so this was perfect for her birthday dinner
Published 13 days ago by PinkiePie
4.0 out of 5 stars The biscuit recipe alone is worth the purchase
We tried a "game" stew and it was good fresh, but not left over. The corn starch congealed the stew. Read more
Published 25 days ago by David C. Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
I really like this book. I didn't give it five stars mostly out of the fact that I just haven't used it as much as I wanted to/ thought I would. Read more
Published 28 days ago by acidburn
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea but is Misleading
I bought this book, since my wife and I are intrigued by the idea of sustainable living and going off-grid. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook!
Bought this for my tween daughter who loves the hunger games and loves to cook! She really likes the cookbook. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G-Dub
4.0 out of 5 stars #tastic
Already tried the potato hash recipe, it was very delicious. The dessert section also looks great.
Looking forward to trying more of the hunger games inspired recipes.
Published 3 months ago by caitlin
5.0 out of 5 stars If You're A Hunger Games Fan Buy This
This book is great. The recipes are simple and comical. They really bring out the essence of the book. This book is perfect for any Hunger Games fans that like to cook.
Published 3 months ago by Whitney
3.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting whole food recipes
Since in the series they wouldn't have had unnatural ingredients to work with like Orange Soda, I was expecting there to be more whole food recipes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jessica Shook
4.0 out of 5 stars Ordered as a gift
My son ordered this as a gift for his girlfriend. The shipping was super-quick and it's a nice looking book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gina Weir
5.0 out of 5 stars AWesome
This is a great book for any Hunger Games fans. The recipes are easy to follow and definitely give the feel of living in the districts and the Capitol.
Published 6 months ago by Brittany Baylis-smith
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More About the Author

Emily Ansara Baines's short stories have appeared in Narrative literary magazine and AngeLingo. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California where she studied creative writing under Aimee Bender and T.C. Boyle. One day Emily will live in Paris and speak French while wearing a beret, but these days she makes do with navigating the streets of Los Angeles. Her favorite word is murmur.

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