You’re a geek with a need to feed. Get creative and lean into food nerdery by making feasts in your own home, inspired by other galaxies or magical realms!
Geeky Cookbooks for the Food Nerd in Your Life
Fill Your Middle in Middle Earth
In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth books like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, food is in many ways as much a part of that realm as Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs. From Tom Bombadil’s bountiful table to the Green Dragon to Lothlorien, Tolkien took great care to describe food, its importance, and its charm.
In this cookbook, hobbits’ foodways take center stage. The book covers historic recipes revised to fit Tolkien’s Shire, and you’ll find the themes made famous by these food-loving folks: Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Supper, and Dinner.
Make a Middle Earth feast using ingredients you can find in your own magical realm (your kitchen and the grocery store). Featuring beautiful illustrations and comforting fare, this is a fun cookbook for the Tolkien fan in your life.
Written by Tolkien scholar Astrid Tuttle Winegar, this cookbook contains “eleventy-one” recipes sparkling with wit and charm. The chapters correspond to different kinds of restaurants that you might find in fantasy realms.
Dining in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Beyond blue milk and Yoda’s questionable Dagobah offerings, flex your galactic culinary muscles with Star Wars-themed cookbooks!
An absolutely classic Star Wars–themed cookbook featuring such gems as Wookiee Cookies and other fun snacks, meals, and treats with a Star Wars spin.
Wake up ready to save the galaxy in this Star Wars-themed cookbook with 29 breakfast and brunch recipes! Featuring fun photos of Star Wars toys reenacting scenes from the films.
This cookbook is an homage to the Disney theme land Galaxy’s Edge. The cookbook spans a galaxy of themed recipes inspired by the journeys in the Star Wars films and shows.
This new, geeky Star Wars themed cookbook is perfect for your favorite nerdy baker. This features an exploration of baked goods inspired by the many planets in the series, and is appropriate for all skill levels.
Super Suppers and More
Even superheroes need sustenance! Hunger pains are anyone’s Kryptonite. Find the perfect super suppers and treats with these cookbooks in both the DC and Marvel pantheons.
Fans of the comic books and films of the Marvel universe will love this cookbook by Chef Justin Warner. The book features sixty recipes inspired by Marvel Comics.
Holy cookbooks, Batman! For the DC superhero cook in your life, this is a fun book packed with recipes and even stencils for food styling. Featuring over sixty recipes inspired by characters in the DC universe like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and many others. Great for all ages.
This extremely fun and irreverent cookbook inspired by Marvel superhero Deadpool features delicious recipes and catchy illustrations. Narrated by Deadpool, the cookbook serves a complete culinary guide with helpful instructions, and some of Deadpool’s favorite foods!
Cook Through the Zombie Apocalypse (Brains Not Included)
Okay, you don’t really want to be eating brains when the world ends, do you? Wait, don’t answer that. If you’re a biter, take it out on some good chow and learn some survival tips while you’re at it with these apocalyptic cookbooks.
Inspired by the AMC television series The Walking Dead, this is a cookbook with survival tips as well. Don’t settle for brains! Use this cookbook as your guide through the apocalypse.
Who needs a microwave when you’re irradiated? Still, it might come in handy with this Fallout-inspired cookbook with recipes inspired by Fallout foods.
Tea and Dragons
Wander into Wonderland, Oz, the TARDIS, or Westeros…just make sure you have the right meals for all those fantastical adventures. These cookbooks are full of wonder and sumptuous recipes.
For fans of classic stories and good food alike, this cookbook fits the bill for literary treats. Great for the voracious reader, eater, or tea drinker.
With 42 recipes, this cookbook might be your answer to life, the universe, and everything, including dinner! Inspired by pop culture references across genres, including Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings, Dracula, Superman, and more, there’s a little something for everyone in this fun cookbook.
This lush, classic cookbook for Game of Thrones fans makes the perfect gift. Endorsed by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, this sumptuous cookbook features over 100 recipes inspired by the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. And you don’t even need dragons to cook them!
Time (Travel) For Dinner
Wouldn’t you love to go backward and forward in time, to when there’s always good food on the table? Here’s the next best thing: two time-traveling cookbooks for when your stomach is bigger on the inside.
For the Whovian whose appetite is bigger on the inside like the TARDIS, this lovely Doctor Who cookbook is based on the show and features several endearing dishes. Bake a Gingerbread TARDIS, Cassandra Pizza, or some Ood Bread and win over at least two hearts.
With this Outlander-inspired cookbook, you’ll never feel out of place and time when it comes to delicious food! Inspired by the Outlander novels, this gorgeous cookbook features dozens of recipes by Theresa Carle-Sanders for all courses.
A Side of Spooky
Make it Halloween year-round with these spooky-themed cookbooks! No tricks, only treats!
For the lover of spooky stories and great food, look no further than this cookbook inspired by such movies as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, and The Evil Dead. This is the official cookbook of delightfully creepy Beetle House Restaurant, with over 60 recipes that make it Halloween all year.
Summon an elder god, or maybe preferably, your family and friends to a tasty dinner with this fun Lovecraftian cookbook. This cookbook is splendidly crafted and satisfyingly dark, with gorgeous illustrations and annotations. Cthulhu would be pleased to devour all of it.
So, we don’t have replicators…yet. But you have the next best thing with these Star Trek-themed cookbooks!
If you’ve ever wanted to beam up a tall glass of Romulan ale, or have an Earl Grey Martini (not hot!), this is the cocktail cookbook for you. Inspired by the beverages, characters, and more in Star Trek, you’ll boldly go into a new sector of libations.
For the Star Trek lover in your life, buy this cookbook at warp speed. Replicate recipes inspired by the Star Trek shows The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.
Space Stations and Libations
Gather round the galaxy where everyone knows your name: your own home bar! There’s a lot to love about these geeky-themed cookbooks and cocktail books.
Sure to appeal to the sci-fi and fantasy fans, this cookbook is part encyclopedia and part cocktail book. With several pop culture nods to sci-fi, comics, B-movies, Tiki culture, and more.
Curated by The Geeky Chef (aka Cassandra Reader), this drink cookbook offers over 70 recipes inspired by sci-fi and fantasy favorites in TV, film, and gaming. Vividly designed and with options for non-alcoholic drinks, this would make a perfect gift.
This cookbook leans beyond pop culture into the science of cooking, perfect for the geeky cook who wants to know more about the process of cooking. This book features interviews with researchers, scientists, and personalities such as Adam Savage.
Game On: Food for Gamers, On-screen or on Board
Never be bored with snacks on board game night, and keep your side quests for food local with these gaming cookbooks!
The inimitable Geeky Chef (Cassandra Reader) returns with a cookbook to please any geek. Cult films, MMORPGs, sci-fi shows, and fantasy books are all represented in this nerdy cookbook.
This wonderful cookbook is full of delectable snack ideas for board game night, book clubs, card games, etc. So settle into Settlers of Catan and savor everything from cakes to finger foods to pitchers of fizzy drinks!
For the D&D and other roleplaying game fans, this cookbook is a cocktail guide inspired by the creatures and realms you’ll find in your adventures. Plenty of humor and over 75 RPG-inspired drinks to suit everyone from DM to bard.
Inspired by the popular game Overwatch, this cookbook is inspired by the heroes’ homelands. This cookbook is sure to satisfy the hungry gamer geek in your life.
Beautifully photographed foods fill this Elder Scrolls-inspired cookbook. Featuring foods inspired by the realms in Skyrim, Morrowind, and Tamriel, this is the perfect cookbook for fans of the games.
Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana presents its own official cookbook inspired by the massively popular RPG, and it delivers an exquisite tome loaded with inspiring dishes. With over 80 recipes, this stunning cookbook belongs in the kitchen of anyone wanting adventures in the kitchen.
For Minecraft kids and kids at heart, this cookbook offers over 40 Minecraft-themed treats for young gamers. Filled with photos of the foods and illustrations of Minecraft characters and scenes, it’s a great way to introduce cooking to a younger audience.
J. Dianne Dotson dreamed up other worlds and their characters as a child in the 1980s in East Tennessee. She formed her own neighborhood astronomy club before age 10, to educate her friends about the universe. In addition to writing stories, she drew and painted her characters, designed their outrageous space fashions, and created travel guides and glossaries for the worlds she invented.
As an adult, Dianne earned a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and spent several years working in research. She published Heliopause: The Questrison Saga®: Book One (2018) and its sequels Ephemeris: The Questrison Saga®: Book Two (2019), Accretion: The Questrison Saga®: Book Three (2020) and her last novel in the saga, Luminiferous: The Questrison Saga®: Book Four (2021).
Dianne is also a science writer, content writer and manager, short story writer, watercolorist, and illustrator. She lives with her family.