Parks and Recreation: The Official Cookbook

Jenn Fujikawa, author of The Princess Bride: The Official Cookbook and Star Wars: The Padawan Cookbook (with Liz Lee Heinecke), brings her pop culture expertise to bear in Parks and Recreation: The Official Cookbook. Filled with witty commentary on the show, brief biographies of characters and many pictures of the cast and the delectable foods they enjoy, this cookbook is the perfect nostalgia for fans of the show--and might even convert those new to the show into aficionados.

Naturally, the cookbook begins with breakfast food, because as Amy Poehler's character, Leslie Knope, always says, "We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter. But work is third." But never fear: Ron Swanson's meat-heavy options are also included, as are "Treat Yo' Self" meals that Tom would love and healthy foods that Chris would enjoy (including gluten-free and vegan tweaks to some of the meals in other sections).

Recipes include Waffle Fondue, Larry's Tuna Fish Party Sandwiches and Literally the Best Salad You've Ever Had. Each recipe has an introductory anecdote; a reference to the episode that mentions the food in question; clear instructions; and a picture of the food or the scene in which the food was consumed. Bright, cheerful and full of wacky Parks and Recreation quips, Parks and Recreation: The Official Cookbook is a delicious trip down memory lane and a perfect gift for avid fans. --Jessica Howard, freelance book reviewer

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