A Gothic Cookbook

Hauntingly Delicious Recipes Inspired by 13 Classic Tales

a gothic cook book

Pino and Buchan have created more than a generous cookbook; this is a powerful literary discourse on food as meaning


A Gothic Cookbook is a literary-inspired cookbook, exploring thirteen Gothic stories and their edible motifs before bringing them to life – and to your table.

Prompted by Alessandra Pino’s academic studies into how food manifests itself on the pages of Gothic literature, and combining her knife-sharp analysis with Ella Buchan’s experience as a food writer and recipe developer, A Gothic Cookbook pays homage to the most appetising cuts of the genre, featuring seventy original recipes illustrated by Lee Henry.
Dracula lulls protagonist Jonathan Harker into a false sense of security with cold cuts and a spicy, smoky, peppery stew. Frankenstein’s ‘monster’ starts out as a benign vegetarian, while Mrs Poole’s overindulgence in Mother’s Ruin triggers Mr Rochester’s downfall in Jane Eyre – and a bitter tangerine signals a sharp, yet unheeded, warning against marriage and Manderley in Rebecca. Notice, too, how a ghostly presence craves sugar and burnt bread in Toni Morrison’s Beloved…
In this interplay between supper and the supernatural, you’ll learn to pick your desserts carefully: chocolate mousses foreshadow impending doom, yet the humble seed cake is a gesture of kindness. With a foreword from acclaimed writer, editor and academic, Leone Ross, A Gothic Cookbook is the perfect culinary companion for those of you who enjoy a slice of the macabre with your dinner.


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London: Unbound, forthcoming, 2024.

Academic Writing

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Ippogrifo Publishing Company
Italian to English

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Guerini Studio Publishing Company

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