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Hello, sweetie. Your taste buds are about to take a wibbly wobbly, timey wimey adventure through the Doctor Who reboot. Megafan and food writer Chris-Rachael Oseland spent a year rewatching all of series one through six and experimenting in her kitchen to bring you a fresh recipe for every single episode. This book is a treat for any Whovian who wants to offer more than a pl Hello, sweetie. Your taste buds are about to take a wibbly wobbly, timey wimey adventure through the Doctor Who reboot. Megafan and food writer Chris-Rachael Oseland spent a year rewatching all of series one through six and experimenting in her kitchen to bring you a fresh recipe for every single episode. This book is a treat for any Whovian who wants to offer more than a plate of fish fingers and a bowl of custard at your next viewing party. Want to host an elegant dinner party to show off your new T.A.R.D.I.S. corset? Start the evening with a Two Streams Garden Cocktail followed by Baked Hath, Marble Cucumber Circuits with Vesuvian Fire Dipping Sauce, Professor Yana’s Gluten Neutrino Map Binder, Slitheen Eggs, and some of Kazran’s Night Sky Fog Cups for dessert. If you’re just getting a few friends together to watch the latest episode, why not offer them an Ood Mezze Plate to munch on as stragglers wander in followed by some quick and easy Fish Custard Tacos, Open Faced Dalek Ironsides, Sontaran Soldiers, and a Cinnamon Pull Apart Crack in the Wall. They can wash it all down with a cup of the Pond’s Wedding Punch. Lets be honest. No Whovian gathering is complete without them, so you also get an entire bonus chapter dedicated to interesting alternative takes on fish fingers and custard. This comprehensive cookbook includes eighteen adult beverages, more than two dozen recipes for vegetarians, twenty that are safe for people with wheat allergies, and ten for the low carb dieters. You’ll be prepared for every possible guest. The ebook also includes over 50 full color photos, a linked table of contents for easy navigation, and a useful appendix. Put on your fez and straighten your bow tie. You own a cookbook now. Cookbooks are cool. Geronimo!


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Hello, sweetie. Your taste buds are about to take a wibbly wobbly, timey wimey adventure through the Doctor Who reboot. Megafan and food writer Chris-Rachael Oseland spent a year rewatching all of series one through six and experimenting in her kitchen to bring you a fresh recipe for every single episode. This book is a treat for any Whovian who wants to offer more than a pl Hello, sweetie. Your taste buds are about to take a wibbly wobbly, timey wimey adventure through the Doctor Who reboot. Megafan and food writer Chris-Rachael Oseland spent a year rewatching all of series one through six and experimenting in her kitchen to bring you a fresh recipe for every single episode. This book is a treat for any Whovian who wants to offer more than a plate of fish fingers and a bowl of custard at your next viewing party. Want to host an elegant dinner party to show off your new T.A.R.D.I.S. corset? Start the evening with a Two Streams Garden Cocktail followed by Baked Hath, Marble Cucumber Circuits with Vesuvian Fire Dipping Sauce, Professor Yana’s Gluten Neutrino Map Binder, Slitheen Eggs, and some of Kazran’s Night Sky Fog Cups for dessert. If you’re just getting a few friends together to watch the latest episode, why not offer them an Ood Mezze Plate to munch on as stragglers wander in followed by some quick and easy Fish Custard Tacos, Open Faced Dalek Ironsides, Sontaran Soldiers, and a Cinnamon Pull Apart Crack in the Wall. They can wash it all down with a cup of the Pond’s Wedding Punch. Lets be honest. No Whovian gathering is complete without them, so you also get an entire bonus chapter dedicated to interesting alternative takes on fish fingers and custard. This comprehensive cookbook includes eighteen adult beverages, more than two dozen recipes for vegetarians, twenty that are safe for people with wheat allergies, and ten for the low carb dieters. You’ll be prepared for every possible guest. The ebook also includes over 50 full color photos, a linked table of contents for easy navigation, and a useful appendix. Put on your fez and straighten your bow tie. You own a cookbook now. Cookbooks are cool. Geronimo!

30 review for Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    If you're looking for a nutritious, everyday cookbook this is not the book for you. If you've never watched an episode of Doctor Who, especially since the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), you will probably find this confusing and pointless, especially the section on fish fingers and custard (real and mock). If, however, you've watched up to the 6th new season (to avoid spoilers), you have access to a kitchen (whatever your level of skill) and you'd like something with a Doctor Who theme for If you're looking for a nutritious, everyday cookbook this is not the book for you. If you've never watched an episode of Doctor Who, especially since the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), you will probably find this confusing and pointless, especially the section on fish fingers and custard (real and mock). If, however, you've watched up to the 6th new season (to avoid spoilers), you have access to a kitchen (whatever your level of skill) and you'd like something with a Doctor Who theme for a party or just to impress some friends, you'll love this. (Some would work for Halloween too.) The author does point out that these aren't meant for any particular diet, however certain recipes are vegetarian, vegan, celiac, or paleo-friendly, and the appendix at the end lists recipes by category to make them easy to find. (There are also a number of cocktails, so don't give this to your kids!) There's a recipe for each episode, so you're warned not to read ahead if you haven't watched all of them yet. In general, each is handmade but does contain a "cheat" which you may or may not choose to do, depending on time, available ingredients and skill, of which you don't need much. Instructions are suitable for even the most novice cook and cover every step in a helpful fashion, rather than leaving you to flounder while you try to figure out what "julienne" means. She even does some translation for American audiences. Most have a photo so you know what the end result will look like. (view spoiler)[A small sampler: Kitty Nurse Kibble from "Gridlock", a Vashta Nerada Detection Kit, Bow Tie Pasta with Protesting Star Whale Brains, Tardis Blue Fondue with Dippable Spaceships, Cinnamon Pull Apart Crack in the Wall, Jammy Dodgers (yes, really) and a whole section on fish fingers and custard (real and mock, sweet and savory). (hide spoiler)] The only reason it's not 5 stars is because there weren't photographs with every recipe, and I couldn't always picture the end result. But seriously, this is a great book! I can't wait to try some of these!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Constable

    I confess that I haven't tried any of the recipes in here yet. Though to be honest, there aren't a lot of "recipes," strictly speaking; while each episode does indeed have an entry, many of them are simply directions for edible decorations. Most of what I bookmarked are cocktails. (The Kindle version does not have a table of contents, which makes navigation a little frustrating.) It's a pretty good read, though. She tends to go back to the well on a few specific jokes a little too often, but she' I confess that I haven't tried any of the recipes in here yet. Though to be honest, there aren't a lot of "recipes," strictly speaking; while each episode does indeed have an entry, many of them are simply directions for edible decorations. Most of what I bookmarked are cocktails. (The Kindle version does not have a table of contents, which makes navigation a little frustrating.) It's a pretty good read, though. She tends to go back to the well on a few specific jokes a little too often, but she's rather deft with slipping in the episode references and quotes. The entry for "A Christmas Carol" in particular made me giggle. I would have liked more pictures, though, especially for the sculpture items, many of which are presented without reference photos at all. If you're throwing a Doctor Who themed party, you really can't get a better reference than this. Even if you're not, it's a fun book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rea K

    Completely a novelty cookbook. Haven't cooked anything out of it, doubtful that I will. Why? A) Alcohol. B) Not nearly as patient as this person. C) Some of this stuff not only looks ridiculous, but it sounds weird. D) Not artistic with food. I just read a recipe and I had to set the book down. She cooked meat and jammed it into a sandwich and let the sandwich sit out for six hours. I passed my ServSafe test... four hours is the limit that we let things sit at room temp. *shudders* Yucky. I sure Completely a novelty cookbook. Haven't cooked anything out of it, doubtful that I will. Why? A) Alcohol. B) Not nearly as patient as this person. C) Some of this stuff not only looks ridiculous, but it sounds weird. D) Not artistic with food. I just read a recipe and I had to set the book down. She cooked meat and jammed it into a sandwich and let the sandwich sit out for six hours. I passed my ServSafe test... four hours is the limit that we let things sit at room temp. *shudders* Yucky. I sure hope no one gets food poisoning. The bacon photos looked like imitation crab... that is definitely not bacon. Some of the things are shaped like Doctor Who things. Some of the things are foods mentioned or eaten in the episode. My most important thought: Thank God I didn't buy the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This cookbook is delightful. It's filled with recipes ranging from "this is way too easy to call a recipe" to "I didn't major in art- how can I make this?!", which all sound delicious and call for commonplace ingredients. I'm inspired to make a few Doctor Who themed feasts now. Some of these are clearly tongue-in-cheek, while others attempt to create food from the show or reference a moment in an episode. It also got me wanting to re-re-watch every episode of the reboot again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    Each episode has its own recipe and snarky commentary, which is uniformly excellent. The book is more of a fun read than something I'd use to cook from, since the recipes are mostly dorky party Oods (there are a lot of Oods. And Daleks.). Some of the cocktails I might try, though.

  6. 5 out of 5

    M.C. Crocker

    Typically I am not one to read cook books, I’ll glean the internet for a few recipes and that is about the extent of things, but when I was told that this was a free book, I figured why not, and downloaded it. I honestly wanted to see the Fish Fingers and Custard recipe, which I sadly didn’t get to read until the end. Yet I’m glad I waded through all the recipes to get there, even if the Fish Fingers and Custard recipe section was the most boring. The book takes every episode of Doctor Who and pa Typically I am not one to read cook books, I’ll glean the internet for a few recipes and that is about the extent of things, but when I was told that this was a free book, I figured why not, and downloaded it. I honestly wanted to see the Fish Fingers and Custard recipe, which I sadly didn’t get to read until the end. Yet I’m glad I waded through all the recipes to get there, even if the Fish Fingers and Custard recipe section was the most boring. The book takes every episode of Doctor Who and pairs it with a recipe. Sometimes these recipes made perfect sense with the episode while there were other times that I felt the author was stretching things a bit such as chicken wings for an episode pertaining to the Angels. On the whole though, the book was entertaining. I admit that there were a lot of drink recipes that look fun and a lot of sculpting recipes that will drive me to the drink recipes, if I ever dared attempt them. Still, there were a lot of fun Doctor Who references, and if you like Doctor Who this book might be amusing enough to pick up for free. I never expected to laugh while reading a cook book but I did, as the author allowed humor and wit to play in things, such as beat or pound things like various characters or creatures in the show, or even admitting to knowing we’ll all cheat and run out and buy the pre-made things, but as it was a cook book, the author would like to pretend we actually went about doing it the hard way and actually cooked things. Over all, I don’t think I’ll make, or be able to make several recipes in the book, but there are some fun ones I want to try and I look forward to when my group of friends and I each pick a recipe from the book and do a pot luck Dr. Who themed party, each bringing a dish from the recipe book. I know I already call dibs on the BLT’s fashioned to look like Daleks. I give the book a 2 out of 5, not simply because a lot of recipes are beyond my skill level but because there are not pictures for a lot of the recipes, particularly when sculpting is involved, yet there are pictures for others. Not to mention, there are also some overly bizarre recipes as well that just don’t seem to be very edible. Also, the author did take a few short cuts with some of the photos such as the Jammy Dodger recipe is featured with the store bought cookies rather than home made ones. After all, it is one thing to joke about the reader cheating and buying pre-made things, but it is an entirely other thing when the author does it too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    A nice concept, poorly executed (though with the best of intentions). The concept was intriguing. I loved the idea. I also liked the banter at the beginning of each recipe. The author was chatty and engaging, but the (pardon the pun) meat of the content was lacking some very critical points: * Many of the recipes had only the vaguest of relationships to the episode to which the author attempted to tether them. ("Two Streams Garden Cocktail" for Series 6 Episode 10 "The Girl Who Waited." or "Prais A nice concept, poorly executed (though with the best of intentions). The concept was intriguing. I loved the idea. I also liked the banter at the beginning of each recipe. The author was chatty and engaging, but the (pardon the pun) meat of the content was lacking some very critical points: * Many of the recipes had only the vaguest of relationships to the episode to which the author attempted to tether them. ("Two Streams Garden Cocktail" for Series 6 Episode 10 "The Girl Who Waited." or "Praise His Cheeseball" for Series 6 Episode 11 "The God Complex" - I get the "Praise Him" but what's a cheeseball got to do with anything?) * Many didn't have pictures at all to give the reader even the remotest guess as to what constitutes "getting it right." And some had such iffy instructions that I am, frankly, afraid to attempt them without the guidance of a photograph and I'm a fifth generation cook who wouldn't (and hasn't) quibbled at making challenging recipes - so long as I at least have an idea of what it's supposed to look like when I'm done. * Of the ones that do have pictures, many of them look like the "Cake Fails" pages on Pinterest or Facebook (not encouraging me that, even if I do "get it right" that it will BE something I'd be willing to serve others.) * There are a large number of drink recipes. I like a wee bevvie as well as the next person, but it seems like if the author couldn't come up with a dish, she fell back on a cocktail. Often. I'd really like to see this idea done again at some future point, but not this way again. And next time, I think I'll look for a print copy in a bookstore so that I can flip through it first. I might save myself some money that way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Soup

    Cute and funny cookbook. Most of the recipes are very easy (in fact several barely qualify as 'recipes') but more photos would have been useful. As someone with limited interest in cooking I appreciated that most of the text was jokes or reflections on episodes rather than straight forward cooking advice, although several recipes would admittedly be difficult to follow without first copying the instructions sans commentary and sidebars. More accomplished chefs might also be put off by the novice Cute and funny cookbook. Most of the recipes are very easy (in fact several barely qualify as 'recipes') but more photos would have been useful. As someone with limited interest in cooking I appreciated that most of the text was jokes or reflections on episodes rather than straight forward cooking advice, although several recipes would admittedly be difficult to follow without first copying the instructions sans commentary and sidebars. More accomplished chefs might also be put off by the novice-level dishes on display (several of which looked very homemade indeed). It's important to note that this cookbook is designed with a viewing party in mind - you aren't going to find Who-themed meals you might want to make on a regular basis, nor are you going to find dishes you might want to present your Who-loving new in-laws in hopes of winning them over. The emphasis is on silliness and presentation, not filling empty stomachs or impressing others with your culinary skill (although certainly your creativity is on display).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wild-Rogue-Rose

    Well, that was a . . . charming read. I use that lightly - my disappointment oozes like I'm a rejected Howl . The format of the book I take extreme aggravation over. It's poorly done, slapped together hurriedly, and just plain irritating! It's just a big ball of . . . stuff! Now, that is not to say some of the recipes presented are not noteworthy and fun. If your children are fans - go forth and get your hands doughy. Alas, if you are like me - you probably attempt these after a few rounds of 'Doct Well, that was a . . . charming read. I use that lightly - my disappointment oozes like I'm a rejected Howl . The format of the book I take extreme aggravation over. It's poorly done, slapped together hurriedly, and just plain irritating! It's just a big ball of . . . stuff! Now, that is not to say some of the recipes presented are not noteworthy and fun. If your children are fans - go forth and get your hands doughy. Alas, if you are like me - you probably attempt these after a few rounds of 'Doctor Who' drinking challenge, in which it wouldn't matter how small the type face of each overly stretched paragraph was, you would be too gazeboed to know what was up. In all honesty, I would never purchase this book, but if you are the type of fan who MUST own this - more power to ya. I'll be over later after being car-parked the night before. I'll be excepting a Queen Victoria nightcap to go with my fish fingers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    megHan

    I enjoyed this book, but then I've sat down and read cookbooks since I was 9 years old. So many people miss out on all that a cookbook has to offer because they think its just a collection of recipes, when in fact so many of them are so much more. Great humor and the writing was not half bad. Just one problem - I wish the author would have included a picture with every recipe so you'd have a complete understanding of what they had in mind for the finished product. Also, being that I don't drink, I enjoyed this book, but then I've sat down and read cookbooks since I was 9 years old. So many people miss out on all that a cookbook has to offer because they think its just a collection of recipes, when in fact so many of them are so much more. Great humor and the writing was not half bad. Just one problem - I wish the author would have included a picture with every recipe so you'd have a complete understanding of what they had in mind for the finished product. Also, being that I don't drink, I wish the author had been able to come up with more that was not alcoholic beverages - or maybe offered substitute ideas for the alcohol. I didn't include this when I selected the stars because that does sound like a lot to ask for, but then again I can't be the only doctor fan that doesn't drink. Enjoy :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Harmon

    The recipes in this book written in an entertaining story-like style suitable for reading without even attempting to make them. But making them is fun too. There is a variety of drink, snack, dessert, and main course dishes. There is a list of at least 6 fish fingers and custard recipes of varying sweet/savory persuasions. If you're planning any kind of geeky themed party, this book can provide inspiration for several recipes. I was a bit disappointed in the prevalence of the "use this prepackag The recipes in this book written in an entertaining story-like style suitable for reading without even attempting to make them. But making them is fun too. There is a variety of drink, snack, dessert, and main course dishes. There is a list of at least 6 fish fingers and custard recipes of varying sweet/savory persuasions. If you're planning any kind of geeky themed party, this book can provide inspiration for several recipes. I was a bit disappointed in the prevalence of the "use this prepackaged ingredient" shortcut, but it would make last minute party preparation easier. This book could have also benefited from more photos. My favorite cookbooks are always the ones with lots of pictures.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lady Belinda

    This cookbook was great. I have found that I really enjoy the cookbooks that are based on a television series or movie. This one was not a disappointment. Some of the recipes are a little weird but some look really interesting and tasty. I particularly look forward to trying many of the cocktails that are included. I may even try to whip up the Tardis Wellington...Overall it was a very interesting read. I even dared to read the section based on the 6th season (which I haven't seen yet) and didn' This cookbook was great. I have found that I really enjoy the cookbooks that are based on a television series or movie. This one was not a disappointment. Some of the recipes are a little weird but some look really interesting and tasty. I particularly look forward to trying many of the cocktails that are included. I may even try to whip up the Tardis Wellington...Overall it was a very interesting read. I even dared to read the section based on the 6th season (which I haven't seen yet) and didn't feel that it gave anything away. Excellent cookbook.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thetravelingpanda

    It was really fun to read especially when you know about the Doctor weird cravings in food! Especially with 11th in the first episode with Amy Pond. I did not try all of them because some are really weird especially mixing tastes that technically are not fitting together. So far the ones I tried were simple but I doubt all of them are... I really enjoyed the reference to the series within the recipes that was really fun and made me laugh out loud (literally) in my kitchen.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chantel

    HUGE Doctor Who fan, but this book was disappointing. Most of the recipes aren't so much recipes, but how to make food look like some of the characters. The only thing I found interesting was a small few of the drinks and the custard. It also looks like something typed up in Word and then unprofessional pictures added. Nothing fancy or appealing. Bought it on Amazon. When I got it, I looked through it and immediately wanted to return it. Amazon gave me my money back and let me keep the book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Krista McCracken

    A fun mixture of recipes, edible decorations, and drinks. All of which are Doctor Who themed. There is an entry for each episode and author tends to make something which relates to the plot or characters in the episode. Some spoilers if you haven't watched up to Season Six. A number of the more creative and decorative recipes have photographs -- which is helpful when you're attempting to construct a dalek using food that would have been available during WWII rations.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This cookbook has a few really solid recipes (such as Jammie Dodgers; so good), but the formatting of the recipes is a little hard to follow. Oseland intersperses the directions with jokes and anecdotes, and while entertaining, it's not conducive to actually following the directions. There are a few errors and missed instructions. Still, if you look at this book as a guideline for creating a Doctor Who themed menu with some recipes, rather than an actual cookbook, you're better off.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This was fun... I mean, half of it is an instruction book on how to carve daleks out of the weirdest materials you can find in your kitchen (and bathroom), and there's just a little too much food coloring involved everywhere, but the actual recipes actually sound pretty good. And I do enjoy the writing - so many puns, so little time :-)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I can't vouch for this as a cookbook - the only recipe we tried involved bananas and Nutella, can hardly go wrong with that. However, as a read the book was funny, clever, and insightful (much like The Doctor). I got it as a free Kindle download, but if you are a Whovian it's definitely worth a few bucks.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lofty

    A very creative recipe book with beautifully presented food and drinks ideas for episodes of Doctor Who. Each recipe is inspired by the episode it is dedicated to and offers a lovely idea for feeding guests to a Doctor Who party. I only wish I could print out individual pages to make them quicker to find as shuffling through my kindle to find them is slow.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Duckpondwithoutducks

    This cookbook has a recipe for every episode of the new series of Doctor Who seasons 1-6. They are quite inventive, and as with the author's Steampunk Cocktails cookbook, is full of biting humour. Most of the recipes have pictures, but not all. Now, I have been inspired to have a Doctor Who dinner party!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roger Royer

    This is a very cute cookbook and looks like tons of fun. I will be making some of these as soon as I get the materials needed. I wish though that there where some more diabetic friendly recipes in the book but other than that I can see nothing but fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Although I doubt I will try any of the recipes, I did enjoy reading this book. It was a lot of fun to read the anecdotes relating the food items to specific episodes. The recipes themselves would provide wonderful ideas for any "Who" themed party.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    Most of it is lazy cooking and some of it looks quite disgusting. I'd hold onto the drink recipes, but not much else.

  24. 4 out of 5

    David Megyesi

    Fun facts and good ideas for Doctor Who themed food.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    this was funny, there's a good mix of healthy and non healthy recipes but still fun to try. love cookbooks based on my fav franchise :D

  26. 4 out of 5

    J. Duck

    The DeVry Chips with Krylotaine Oil are our favorite

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Fun read. Mainly for her little blurbs

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A fun little cookery book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nell

    I thought this sounded really cool! My only problem is a lot of the recipes require alochol which I can't consume because I'm a minor.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tessie

    Wonderful cookbook! I had so much fun just reading this and can't wait to try out the recipes! A must have for any Whovian.

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