Getting boys cooking is a fun and worthwhile endeavor. I love cooking with my son and we have interesting and long conversations while we are both relaxed and focused on making something to eat.
Sometimes we talk about cooking and baking and sometimes we talk about his favorite game at the moment or a book we are reading or have a more in-depth meaningful conversation about life. Being in the kitchen with him is a time I treasure.
While I didn’t intend to turn our first best books for boys cookbooks post to turn into a series, it just happened that way. As I was searching I found a bunch of neat cookbooks for boys, then I found a few fun food cookbooks and a geek cookbook or two popped up as well. There were so many good ones that I thought boys would enjoy!
I hope you and your boys will like this batch 🙂 of Geek Cookbooks.
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Best Books for Boys: Geek Cookbooks
Harry Potter and Narnia Cookbooks
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook has super recipes but no pictures. While I still think it is a fun book whether or not it is good for your boy really depends on him. If your boy has a visual learning style he might not like it even if he is a big Harry Potter fan. Some of the recipes are super easy and some are very complex. You could try this Kindle 10 Summertime Treats teaser for the cookbook which is often free.
Brought to you by the same author as The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook is The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool. This book has over 150 recipes based on the book. Try dinner with the Beavers or breakfast with Trumpkin the Dwarf for a bit of fun. There is everything in here from eel and calf’s tongue to fruit dishes, jellies and of course Turkish Delight. Note: the book does have alcohol in at least a couple of recipes for mulled wine and eggnog.
Here is the official version: The Official Narnia Cookbook: Food from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. 65 pages in the print version/128 pages in the Kindle (which is what the link is for.) This book is currently only available used or on Kindle. Stewed figs, meat pasty, scotch eggs, brown bread, poached salmon, roast pheasant, and other foods preferred by the characters in Narnia and their author, C.S. Lewis.
Star Wars Cookbooks
We can’t forget Star Wars when we are talking cookbooks for boys! I know many, many boys who are Star Wars fans and I even know some Star Wars fanatics. There is a very nice selection of Star Wars cookbooks to get them excited about cooking. These books are great!
The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes Beverages include Hoth Chocolate, Skywalker Smoothies and Yoda Soda LOL Move on to Han-burgers and you have gotta love the Wookie Cookies! Fun stuff.
The Star Wars Cookbook II -Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes have a full selection of recipes from breakfast to dessert. Start with Booma Breakfast Tarts in the morning, Tongue-numbing Nachos for lunch, Opee Sea Crunch for dinner and Hideous Sidious Sorbet for dessert.
There is another cookbook called Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones, and Other Galactic Goodies: The Star Wars Cookbook which has a lot of repeats from the two Star Wars Cookbooks I mentioned above. You don’t need to get them all. This one has breakfast, beverages and the treats plus bonus Darth Vader, Yoda and R2-D2 cookie cutters which are a nice touch.
Hunger Games Cookbooks
The Hunger Games Trilogy is still pretty popular and there are three cookbooks to choose from.
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook has over 150 recipes including breakfasts, breads, stews, soups, salads, main dishes and wild game. It also has neat things to try such as Pine Needle Tea, roastedchestnuts, corn pudding, and suckling pig surprise.
The The Unofficial Recipes of The Hunger Games has 187 recipes and is broken down by book (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) and then by scenes within the book. For example The Hunger Games has The Woods and the Hearth, The Seam and The District, The Train and so on. Big selection of recipes here.
Catching Fire Cookbook: Experience the Hunger Games Trilogy with Unofficial Recipes Inspired by Catching Fire is much shorter than the two listed above and has recipes inspired by Catching Fire. It is 76 pages long. The recipes are different than those in the other books but they are also similar.
I would likely pick one of these books and call it good. Getting all three would be overkill for most families–unless of course your boy is a humongous fan of The Hunger Games.
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I so wanted to offer you a selection of superhero cookbooks to choose from but most are out of print and selling at a crazy price. There was one in a series from our post on Cookbooks for Boys but I can’t recommend it because it was, well, lame–the other books are great though!
So . . . we get this one. Thankfully it is really good and I think boys will enjoy making things from it.
I love The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook and my son thought it was pretty neat too! Coming in at over 100 pages of superhero goodness this book rocks. It is colorful, and has stencils so you can make “superhero” marks on the food with Batman, Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern. It also has full color characters,and emblems on cardstock that you can punch out and use. The whole book is illustrated with superheroes! Breakfast, lunches, main dishes, sweets and drinks are all covered. This book is a winner. Highly Recommended!
The Hobbit Cookbooks
An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery Love the name! If you need to make sure you get in second breakfast and elevenses this is the book for you. From breakfast, to supper and dinner, this cookbook is a Hobbit lover’s dream. From braised ox tails, to sweet and savory handpies and on to shire baked scotch eggs there is a wide selection of Hobbit food to choose from. My son and husband are quite into The Hobbit and I think this would make a nice gift (shhh!)
Another Hobbit entry is The HOBBIT Cookbook. There are a couple of issues with this book that I will get out of the way right now. I like cookbooks with a lot of pictures and this one doesn’t have pictures. It is also self-published and translated from French and has errors in it. That said, it does have an interesting selection of recipes including cloud breads, bordelotes, rabbit, The Pony Inn’s pie, mallow flower soup and many more. So while the quality isn’t super high, the recipes are good and very hobbit-y.
If I find more of the best books for boys to get them cooking I will let you know.