Partway through December, a nice little package showed up on my doorstep with a Christmas present from a close friend: Fallout: The Vault Dweller’s Official Cookbook had landed in the Sussman home. I saw the preview for the book ages ago when Fallout 76 was first announced, and I had plans of one day purchasing it for myself. There is always an air of uncertainty surrounding cookbooks that are dedicated to a TV show or a video game, but I opened up the book to discover some of the recipes actually looked interesting. That’s why this video game cookbook composed by Victoria Rosenthal is our first cookbook of the year for 2019.
It’s full of recipes that are simple odes to classic foods that have been seen throughout the Fallout series, such as baked Boatfly, InstaMash, Blamo Mac and Cheese-- even a Deathclaw Wellingham. You can make your own NukaCola’s with syrups they have recipes for. It’s actually a really interesting cookbook that has food you’d actually want to eat, not just fun nods to the things you see in the game.
We’ll be cooking through this book in January, and I’ll tell you all about my experience come the last week of the month. It’s very likely I’ll be using these recipes to soothe my heartache over Fallout 76, considering I will be booting it up for the first time here shortly. If the game is as bad as the reviews say, an alcoholic NukaCola Quantum will lift me right back up. Speaking of alcohol, there are a few lovely mixes listed in cookbook based on both drugs and drinks from the book.
If you want to cook along with me, some of the recipes are featured in the images on the amazon ordering page. You can try the Braised Deathclaw steaks without even buying the cookbook-- well, mostly. Looks like part of the recipe is cut off.
Let’s not set the world on fire this month with our new cookbooks. Here’s to a second year, and this time, we won’t miss a month!
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