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Wanna Cook?: The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad Paperback – May 13, 2014
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“Impressively comprehensive, a solid work recommended to devotees of Breaking Bad.” ― Publishers Weekly
“This ‘unofficial’ companion book is essential for fans of Breaking Bad and for those who want to learn more about what some have called the ‘greatest television show.’” ― Library Journal
“Wanna Cook? succeeds in no small part by being not only an excellent guide to fans of the show, but also a well-researched, authoritative and most importantly, entertaining re-examination of one of the best shows in the history of television.” ― Forces of Geek
“The Only Guide You Will Ever Need… Reading through the book, which grabbed me like a fiction bestseller, I constantly felt the need to pull out my DVDs and watch again as I read. This is literally a companion guide that needs to go right next to your complete series, and be thumbed through, bookmarked and read as you view the show. Wanna Cook? is an interactive treasure you will read again and again, just like the show requires multiple viewings… I cannot recommend this book enough.” ― Biff Bam Pop!
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K. Dale Koontz: K. Dale Koontz is the author of Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon (McFarland, 2008) and teaches courses in areas as diverse as communications, film, theatre, and the law.
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However, the rest of the title pays off handsomely. WANNA COOK? is indeed a powerful 'Companion' to BREAKING BAD, and a celebration too: a kind of follow-up course in what authors Ensley Guffey and Dale Koontz find interesting, and I'm guessing you will too. Certainly it's leagues above the common "fan book" cooked up (excuse me) in response to a hit show or movie. Instead of documenting every soundtrack song, the authors talk about a few that particularly interest them, such as the esoteric but witty use of the Italian song "Crapa Pelada" ("Bald Head") by the postwar pop group *Quartetto Cetra* to refer to central character Walter White and his hair loss from chemotherapy. In over sixty chapters the authors have an unerring knack of answering questions we have about the show -- even those we haven't thought to ask yet. To me, the discussion of "Uncle" Salamanca's bell and how its presence is echoed by similar sound effects is worth the price of the book. What do federal prosecutors mean by a "Queen for a Day" plea? How and why are lawyers allowed to advertise? What are the psychological preconditions that make an individual "break bad" anyway, with higher and higher levels of violence? How were the special effects obtained, and of what symbolic purpose are the photographic effects -- tinted lenses and such? All this is assembled by two highly-educated authors who have (let's not mince words) close to an obsession about this show -- and bless them for it!
The effect of this is to make WANNA COOK? compulsively readable. I found it anything but dull, even when the authors were holding forth on topics I strenuously disagree with. (They think time-lapse photography is enchanting; I think it's a visual cliché in the making.) But never mind -- see all of BREAKING BAD if you haven't already, because this book is not a Cliff's Notes to help you fill in missing episodes but an open door to an even greater appreciation of this seminal series. Guffey and Koontz try strenuously to avoid plot spoilers but really some giveaways are close to inevitable in a thoughtful book like this. After WANNA COOK? you may well want to see the whole series again. Soon you'll be telling friends and fans about the nature of Junior's disability, how the trick shot of Jesse's heroin high was achieved and just generally, why BREAKING BAD is so good. And that ain't bad at all. As of now, the offering price puts it in the same league as much thinner books on the subject.
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
I Successi Del Quartetto Cetra
It's no wonder so many people have become so deeply enmeshed with the characters, as the series spanned 5 years and 62 episodes - since the characters are so relatable, the drama so innovative, and the subject matter (of the illegal meth business) so provocative, it seems to fascinate a great many people on so many levels. It is one of the few "criminal dramas" (although this is somewhat like describing World war 2 as a "regional conflict") were you actually find yourself rooting for the good guy and the bad guy, sometimes even in the same episode. No other TV show could be so emotionally involving as "Breaking Bad".
Every episode in the series goes to many levels - including the obvious good vs. bad, the symbolic, and even at the subliminal/subconscious level. The actors, and creator Vince Gilligan do not explain the reason for every nuance of the story and the character motivation - they don't have to. Because much of the time it's left to the viewer to interpret meaning and motivation. Every episode of the show is made with considerable acuity, as the show never talks down or tries to moralize, nor does it try to tell you what to think. The series itself is so packed with drama, pathos, parody, and irony each episode could practically have a book of its own...and every author I've read so far who's tried to write about it has only managed to skim the surface of the entire meaning of it.
Because there are so many levels to the characters and their stories, it seems to be beyond the ability of most authors to write a really satisfying companion book to "Breaking Bad". Sooner or later perhaps someone will write the ultimate companion book - in the meantime, this book is close enough for now. A good read and well worth a look.
The author breaks down each episode with interesting details, but very few spoilers. In addition to notable insights into each episode, it provides fascinating information on such subjects as chemistry, air traffic controlling, law enforcement, health insurance and so forth. It seems to be well-researched and informed, and is quite humorous in places. If you love Breaking Bad, you will Love this book!!