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Cookbook Review: “Wonder Woman: The Official Cookbook” by Briana Volk

Have you ever wondered what they ate on Themyscira (once called Paradise Island)? Well wonder no longer, an Official cookbook dedicated to all things Wonder Woman is now here, thanks to writer, creative director, and restauranteur Briana Volk (with a little help from DC).

Cookbook Review: "Wonder Woman: The Official Cookbook" by Briana Volk

Summary of Wonder Woman: The Official Cookbook

William Mouton Marston’s character Wonder Woman has captured the imagination of comic book readers and non-comic book readers alike for more than 75 years. I grew up watching the TV show starring Lynda Carter in the title role and really enjoyed the recent feature film starring Gal Gadot. So, when I was offered the opportunity to review this book, due out on November 17 (you can pre-order it now), I jumped at the chance.

This book presents more than 10 recipes inspired by Wonder Woman and her Mediterranean heritage. One more added twist: All the recipes are vegetarian in honor of Wonder Woman’s power to empathize with animals.

Wonder Woman: The Official Cookbook is both a delightful Coffee Table book and a fun cookbook. Pictures from DC Comics — new and old — of Wonder Woman and her friends are sprinkled throughout and most recipes have a full-color picture photographed by Carla Choy. The recipes are organized into these four categories:

  • Battle-Ready Breakfasts
  • Amazonian Appetizers, Sides, and Snacks
  • Mighty Mains
  • Superhero Sweets

The book finishes up with “Party Time,” which presents suggestions for themed parties and the recipes you can use to bring them to life.

What Worked for Me

As a geek, I enjoyed thumbing through the book and looking at the pictures, especially the vintage images of Wonder Woman.

It was fun to read the descriptions, too. I think Volk had some fun with the prose. For example, “You don’t need the gift of prophecy to know that these zucchini fritters topped with a little sour cream and sprinkled with chives will get a hero’s welcome every time.”

And, included in the back, is a stencil you can use to put the Wonder Woman logo on a cake, pancake, and more.

What Didn’t Work for Me

There are cookbooks that are meant to be used in the kitchen and those that are meant to be perused. This cookbook is the latter. Yes, the recipes look great and I can’t wait to test some of them out, but it won’t be easy to make the book stay open. And if you’ve read any of my earlier cookbook reviews, you know I favor practically designed cookbooks. Of course, the intention of this book was probably more along the lines of Coffee Table book, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

My Recommendation for this Wonder Woman Cookbook

Are you a Wonder Woman fan? Then you gotta get this book! It is delightful to peruse and many of the recipes look really tasty. Besides, it’s always nice to read a book that you can tell the author enjoyed creating.

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Specs

Full Title: Wonder Woman: The Official Cookbook
Author: Briana Volk
Format: 7″ x 8″ Hardcover, 136 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1647220564
ISBN-13: 978-1647220563

Wonder Woman: The Official Cookbook

Pick up your copy on Amazon.com here.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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