Alternative Cookbooks with Symposium

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Do you have someone coming over this Thanksgiving with dietary restrictions? Maybe you want to host a Friendsgiving, but don’t want to overwhelm your guests with more of the same stuffings and casseroles. Perhaps, you’re just tired of your standard repertoire. Never fear, Symposium Books has a whole host of books to help you get started with some interesting (and sometimes hilarious) new cuisine.


When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, they worry most about the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions, fearing their fond memories will be lost along with the newly eliminated food groups. After suffering for years with a debilitating autoimmune disease and missing many of these special occasions herself, Danielle Walker has revived the joy that cooking for holidays can bring in Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations, a collection of recipes and menus for twelve special occasions throughout the year.

Making recipes using unfamiliar ingredients can cause anxiety, and while trying a new menu on a regular weeknight leaves some room for error, the meal simply cannot fail when you have a table full of guests celebrating a special occasion. Danielle has transformed her most cherished family traditions into trustworthy recipes you can feel confident serving, whether you’re hosting a special guest with food allergies, or cooking for a crowd of regular grain-eaters.

When it comes to The Hunger Games, staying alive means finding food any way possible. Katniss and Gale hunt live game, Peeta’s family survives on the bread they make, and the inhabitants of the Seam work twelve-hour days for a few handfuls of grain–all while the residents of the Capitol gorge themselves on delicacies and desserts to the heart’s desire.

For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including:

  • French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery
  • Katniss’s Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums
  • Rue’s Roasted Parsnips
  • Gale’s Bone-Pickin’ Big Game Soup
  • Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake

If you’re starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite!

Food plays a very special role in Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s award-winning satire Portlandia. Here are recipes for the dishes that define the show, from cult-raised chicken and Stu’s stews to pickled veggies and foraged green salads. Complete with full-color finished food photographs and illustrations, humorous stories and sidebars from the loveable food-obsessed Portlandia characters (such as Mr. Mayor, Peter and Nance, and Colin the chicken), and advice on how to choose a bed and breakfast and behave at a communal table, this is a funny cookbook—with serious recipes—for anyone who loves food. And yes, the chicken’s local.

A diverse, very popular vegetarian cookbook,  revised and updated to offer an even wider variety of  meatless fare, with a special chapter of fish  recipes. Impress your vegetarian friends with these awesome recipes!

“An outstanding collection of healthy,  delicious, inexpensive vegetarian meals.” —  Gannett Newspapers

Got some experimental eaters in the house? You need to check out this amazing book that chronicles the strangest dishes from all over the world. Includes recipes like deep-fried pigeon’s head, smoked Laotian rat, and bulls’ testicles so  you can shock and amaze even your most well-travled buds.

Yuck! presents more than 100 of the world’s most gruesome, startling and bizarre dishes in stomach-churning colour. Such delicacies as the popular Filipino street snack balut (boiled duck embryo, served still in its eggshell) feature alongside the one-time British favourite ox tongue and the Middle Eastern speciality boiled sheep’s head.

Setchfield accompanies the beautifully presented dishes – photographed over the course of his travels – with location shots, brief anecdotes, serving suggestions and recipes sourced from locals.

Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this book is the ultimate gastronomic horror tour, guaranteed to provoke a reaction in anyone who picks it up – whether that be ‘Yuck!’ or, indeed, ‘Yum!’

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