Happy almost Halloween readers! I love this time of year…pumpkin carving, trick or treating and all things horror!! And in the spirit of that, tonights blog post is a review of ‘The Walking Dead: the Official Cookbook and Survival Guide.’ That’s right…the people over at AMC and cooking writer extraordinaire Lauren Wilson, have collaborated to bring you the ultimate guide on how to survive a plague of Walkers, along with some recipes to prepare for your fellow survivors! This book has it all, a how to guide on hunting, fishing and gathering, what essentials you need to keep handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse (or any apocalypse for that matter) and of course recipes inspired by the show and its characters. But how do those recipes taste? After all, if it’s the end of the modern world, you need to find home comforts when you can, right? I decided to try one out for myself and give my official verdict.
To me, Halloween is synonymous with apple pie. Every year since I can remember, my mum would make an apple pie, and place coins inside for us to find. So, when I found the recipe for ‘Maggie’s formless apple pies’ I knew I needed to try them. The recipe is inspired by season 7, episode ‘Hearts still beating’ when a pregnant Maggie was presented an apple pie by the people of Hilltop as a thank you. To make it even more apocalypse friendly, this recipe is for ‘forkless’ apple pies, so you can eat them without a fork, say while running from a pack of hungry Walkers.
I am not the most skilled baker in the world; that being said, I found the step by step instructions easy to follow. In line with the theme of the book, the list of ingredients for this recipe doesn’t involve anything exotic or rare, just things you probably already have knocking about in your cupboards. I also appreciated that the recipe was done in an almost ‘real time’ way, i.e. as opposed to simply telling you what you needed to mix and how long to cook it for, it told you when to begin each stage, and in what order, to help save on time.
Once cooked, I taste tested them myself, along with my hubby and our little girl, and it was yummy noises all round…a unanimous ten out of ten and a resounding success (even if I do say so myself). I don’t normally add any spices to my apple pie (that may shock some people, but I am following my Grandmother’s recipe) but I loved the taste of these, and think the addition of the various spices really added to the moreishness of the flavours. Overall, I can’t fault it! It was an easy to read, easy to complete recipe with clear instructions and most importantly, it tasted delicious! Having a flick through it, there are definitely a bunch more recipes I want to try, and having read the survival guide chapters, I am now tempted to start hoarding bottled water and create my own bug out bag…because you never know, right? Especially the way the world is going these days!
If you are a fan of the show, then you simply need to own this. It is the ultimate piece of fan merchandise, and would make a fantastic Christmas present or stocking filler. It is chock full of recipes, both sweet and savoury, like ‘Dixon’s deer stew,’ ‘Foraged berry cobbler’ and ‘Carl’s biscuits’ and even includes a moonshine and cocktail chapter at the back (because in the event of the dead rising up and trying to eat our flesh, I am pretty sure we would all need a drink).