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Cookbook Reviews

The Princess Bride: The Official Cookbook

Cookbook by: Jenn Fujikawa

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The Princess Bride is that perfect recipe of humor, drama, adventure, and romance, which is why it lends itself so well to themed food recipes. Cooking along while reciting your favorite quotes or reenacting memorable scenes is what makes the experience of creating film-related dishes so enjoyable,” Jenn Fujikawa. 

I was eight when The Princess Bride came out – I don’t remember how old I was the first time I watched it, but I would guess I was a teen.  It is such an iconic movie and growing up with older siblings I tended to see movies earlier than my friends. 

Even today The Princess Bride is in my top 10 favorite movies of all time (along with Spaceballs another classic from 1987). I can quote a good portion of the movie and my favorite line is “my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” Inigo Montoya (it’s also my favorite scene). 

When I saw that The Princess Bride: The Official Cookbook was coming out, I knew I had to have it. To me it’s not just a cookbook but a great companion to the movie. I love all of the movie photos and quotes throughout the book as well as the detailed intro paragraphs for every recipe. Check out below what I made and how everything turned out. 

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MLT-"Mutton," Lettuce, And Tomato Sandwich

Sandwiches are a staple meal for me and I love to try new ones all the time as eating the same thing can get boring. My local store doesn’t carry mutton so I settled for the roast beef substitute. In case you don’t know (I didn’t) mutton is meat from a mature sheep, it’s known to be tougher and have a more pungent flavor than lamb. 

The roast beef I used I got from the deli and had them slice it thick cut, which was perfect. Another great alternative would be leftover roast such as London broil or eye of the round. I’m not a big fan of sauces on sandwiches but I wanted to try this one to see how it was. I really liked it and even used some of the leftover for a dip with some ruffles – it was delicious! Plus the sauce can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge until you are ready to serve. 

Overall, the recipe is very simple to follow and comes together super quick. I rarely eat raw onion of any kind but with the roast beef, tomato and sauce the red onion was so good. It’s the perfect meal for a busy weeknight or when you are trying to make a fast lunch but don’t want to eat something cold. I will be making this again and again – next time I plan to use some leftover roast to see how it tastes. 

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Good Night, Westley

I am a connoisseur of hot beverages – always searching for the perfect one. Since I rarely drink coffee, I tend to drink hot tea and hot chocolate and have been known to drink them all throughout the year, even when it’s crazy hot outside. A spiced hot chocolate intrigued me and when I saw the photo of it with the cinnamon stick, I knew I wanted to drink it immediately. 

The recipe was very simple and includes basic ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen or pantry. Strangely I had a hard time finding dark chocolate (I prefer to buy the melting wafters) so I settled for dark chocolate chips – just remember they take a little longer to melt than the melting wafers. 

To make the spiced hot chocolate it took under ten minutes and was worth the time to have a mug of this deliciousness. For me this is the best homemade hot chocolate recipe that I have ever made and I will be making it again and again for sure. 

Cookbook Ratings: Recipe directions easy to follow: yes, Ingredients easy to find: yes, Specialty ingredients needed: no, Specialty equipment needed: no, Accurate time estimates: yes, Best for home chef skill level: novice, Taste/flavor: delicious, Family friendly: yes, specialty diet: no, How many recipes are unique: most, overall cookbook rating: love it

In case you couldn’t tell I LOVED The Princess Bride: The Official Cookbook. This cookbook was easy to use with detailed recipes, including labels to show if a recipe is gluten free, vegetarian or vegan. It has a wide variety of recipes that will be enjoyed by all.

The last chapter of the cookbook contains menus for Momentous Soirees – from a Princess Bride Picnic to a Heroes and Villains Movie Night – which include multiple recipe suggestions for your night, and I can’t wait to try them while rewatching The Princess Bride with friends. 

Have you seen The Princess Bride, if so what’s your favorite line from the movie?

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