A novelty cookbook is the gift that says “I know two things about you: You like Star Wars and you like to bake.” For all those hard-to-shop-for folks on your list, we’ve rounded up 17 niche, funny cookbooks to appeal to your TikTok-obsessed nephew, your oft hungover roommate, or your boyfriend who really sucks at cooking. If these recipe books don’t get you into the kitchen, at least they’re worth a laugh. Need more inspo? Check out our list of BA’s favorite cookbooks of 2022.
Inspired by the YouTube show “You Suck at Cooking,” these 60+ recipes promise to help home cooks struggle less in the kitchen. Each recipe is spun with so much cheeky humor, it’s a compelling read in its own right. But should you feel ready to apron up, it’ll help you piece together everything from a gas station charcuterie plate to simple sandwiches like a ham and cheese melt and desserts like mini ice cream sammies (don’t worry—both the ice cream and ginger snaps are store-bought).
Perhaps you’ve seen Snoop Dogg show off his culinary prowess on Emmy-nominated Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party. He now has a cookbook of his very own with 50 delicious recipes straight from his personal collection (with opening words by Martha to boot). He delivers on his signature Gin and Juice, munchies like Frito BBQ Twists, and haute cuisine like Lobster Thermidor. Curious about what’s in Snoop’s fridge? Ranch dressing, dill pickles, and Moët. We’re ready for more celebrity cookbooks like this, please.
Horror movie buffs wait all year for spooky season, but there’s no reason to stop at costumes and fake blood. Horror Caviar conjures up recipes inspired by iconic Hollywood horror, like The Shining and The Witch. Why fill up on store-bought candy when you can snack on homemade focaccia ‘n’ eyeballs? It’s definitely an avant-garde cookbook—a recipe for lamb chops in marigold jelly inspired by Midsommar lists “<a data-offer-url=":4gKgcFFoYyWqtAJpQGvhXSjiGT5R