Dark Side of the Spoon: The Rock Cookbook

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This is a review of Dark Side of the Spoon: The Rock Cookbook by Inniss, Miller & Stadden.

A book review of Dark Side of the Spoon: The Rock CookbookStars: ****

Laurence King Publishing (2017)

Summary: This book features 30 recipes inspired by some of the greatest rock artists of today and yesteryear. Each dish is supported by an exclusively commissioned artwork from one of 30 top illustrators.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Dark Side of the Spoon

This little cookbook is a must for the rock & roll lover.

Even if you never cook any of the dishes you will have fun just reading the meal titles:

  • Fleetwood Mac & Cheese
  • Tofu Fighters
  • The Offspring Rolls
  • Limp Brisket
  • The Rolling Scones
  • and more

The Recipes

In the book you will find 10 appetizers, 10 mains, 10 desserts and 6 supporting acts (side dishes.) There seems to be a mix of types of foods/cuisines: stir fry, burger sliders, puff pastry beef tart, Vietnamese beef pho stock with noodles, fajita wraps, Japanese chicken curry, poached haddock, beef brisket etc.

Each recipe includes a difficulty rating from 1-11 that looks like an AMP dial (a node to Spinal Tap’s amp which goes up to 11.) The B.P.M (beats per minute) scale shows you how long it will take you to prepare and cook the dish. You will also find an ingredients list and the cooking method of course. There are no photos of the dish but instead you will find an interesting illustration (you can see two below)

From left to right: Beef Patty Smith and The Offspring Rolls

Dark Side of the Spoon: The Rock Cookbook Illustrations

What Else is Included

The book starts off with an equipment matrix which is a chart showing you what equipment you will need for each dish (other than basics.)

Also there is an extended play section which includes recipes for making your own Pho Spice Mix, Pho Bone Stock, Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce, Spicy Fajita Seasoning plus how to yolk an egg, fillet a fish, make pie dough, make a syrup sponge cake as well as recipe indexes, dietary information (list of which recipes are gluten free or which can be made vegan) and a set list (list of music to listen to while cooking – the specific songs that go with the dishes.)

Final Thoughts

I haven’t tried any of the dishes and to be honest most of them I wouldn’t try but only because our family is pretty picky. If you aren’t too scared to try new things or eat foods you like in new ways you’ll enjoy the recipes.

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