- Paperback: 434 pages
- Publisher: ECW Press (May 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770411178
- ISBN-13: 978-1770411173
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
About the Author
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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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!!