The Walking Dead cookbook seemed to focus on comfort food mixed in with survival-type meals (i.e. fruit & veggie leathers and protein bars). I guess if we were in a zombie apocalypse, the comfort food would be nice!
A lot of the recipes also focused on either canned/non-perishable goods, or fruit and veggies that you could grow or forage. They were pretty good about sticking with the survivalist theme.
The instructions were mostly easy to follow, though there was the occasional recipe that caused confusion (i.e. the DIY Grain Bowl and their lack of direction surrounding how to cook the egg). I had a lot fewer recipe “fails” in this cookbook, though, than I did with the True Blood one. In fact, I think the fruit & veggie leathers are the only recipe that really didn’t turn out.
When it came to costs and difficulty, most recipes hovered around “average” in both cases. Some were more difficult and some were incredibly easy, and very few recipes were expensive.
The only recipe I found frustrating was the DIY Grain Bowl. It required a lot of prep time before you start using the recipe (i.e. peeling and chopping artichokes, and cooking rice), and I found the Jerusalem artichokes a pain to work with.
A lot of the recipes were shown or referenced on the show, but some are there because they are more “survivalist” type recipes. Overall I’d say they were pretty true to the show, though they did make recipes out of some meals that came from a can or powder (i.e. Alexandria Lemonade).
Just as with the last cookbook, there are five recipes total that I plan on keeping, which amounts to 25% of the cookbook. Not bad, overall! These are the keepers from this one:
- The Governor’s Welcome Scramble
- Tara’s Turkey Chili
- Carl’s Biscuits
- Carl’s Chocolate Pudding
- Foraged Berry Cobbler
This book is great for people who are interested in learning more survival skills, learning how to cook in the wild, or just really love The Walking Dead. If you’d like a copy for yourself, you can buy the book here.
If you’d like to see the show, you can watch the most recent season for free on AMC’s website here (with commercials), you can watch all but the latest season on Netflix, or you can purchase the first season here (DVD) or here (Blu-ray).
And The Walking Dead series is based off of a comic book series which, while I haven’t read them yet, I heard are really good. If you want to check them out, you can buy the first one here.