It's coming soon, in fact just in time to be useful for Halloween on October 29th 2013, the cookbook no one has been waiting for but that quite a few people will probably get a real kick out of it. It's The Snacking Dead: A Parody in a Cookbook inspired by elements of the TV show. It's being published by Clarkson Potter via Random House and though Random House in the USA isn't all that forthcoming about what the new book will contain, Random House Australia is happy to provide the following between the covers description:
"The Snacking Dead is a parody in a cookbook. With 50 recipes (that use supermarket ingredients and what's on hand) for finger food–from light to hearty–plus a prepper-approved pantry list, tips for 'getting it together' and being resourceful, it also tells the love/survival story of everymom Pam and her backwoods hunk, Daryl. Throughout, the reader will find photography that makes food look delicious yet that mimics the blown-out visual look of The Walking Dead".
There also appears to be some disagreement about what the cover of the book will look like, from the lavish, full-color Dexter-like cover being presented at Random House Australia, to a stripped-down black covered survival guide motif on the Random House USA site. Which will it be? At any rate, the book will be available in hardback and on Kindle upon its release and is already available for pre-order. Some of the tongue in cheek approach to the book is apparent in the author name given for the volume: D.B. Walker.
For Walking Dead fans, and even enthusiastic cooks who simply like the horror/apocalypse genre, it's a likely choice for birthdays and Christmas. Realistically speaking, it's a lot more of a talking point at a party than the latest tips on making plain old casseroles and the inclusion of character elements and storyline might even tempt the non-cooking fan. They'll probably read it over a cup of Ramen noodles and feel quite entertained.
Hannah Means-Shannon writes and blogs about comics for TRIP CITY and Sequart.org and is currently working on books about Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore for Sequart. She is @hannahmenzies on Twitter and hannahmenziesblog on WordPress. Find her bio here.