Three years ago, I wrote here about the cookbook Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. Filled with recipes and illustrations of the foods named in Dahl’s books, some dishes are so odd and gross that they may suitable for a Halloween party table. Revolting Recipes is not intended to be a Halloween cookbook; however, I recently found a relatively new book in our collection that fits the bill perfectly.
Ghoulish Goodies is called a frightful cookbook, and rightly so! Cookbook author Sharon Bowers creates spooky and whimsical recipes for Halloween get togethers, whether a party with finger foods (pun intended) or a sit down meal.
The recipes are imaginative and not difficult to make. Plus, as the color photos indicate, the finished products look darn cool! How about bringing Monster Eyeballs, Chocolate Mice and Ladies’ Fingers (not lady fingers!) to the table, or cupcakes resembling the space aliens from The Simpsons, a cake modeled on Edvard Munch’s The Scream or a Jack O’Lantern? Maybe Eyeball Meatloaf with a side of Orange Rice or Ghostly Mashed Potatoes is a tamer menu for you! There are even a few recipes for using leftover candy. Bowers also provides practical advice on working with ingredients, party planning and little Halloween history.
Though part of our children’s collection, Ghoulish Goodies is probably intended for adult cooks, so the young chef will require adult supervision; pre-teens and teens with some kitchen experience should be okay with even the more challenging dishes.
Between these two books, you’ll find foods for your Halloween party that will delight and fright your guests!
Ghoulish Goodies and Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes are available at CCLS libraries. Click the titles above for availability, or ask a librarian at your nearest branch.
Other Halloween cookbook books are available at CCLS. Click here to see available titles in the PINES catalog.