Halloween, the nightmare before dinner, cookbook, book review, zach neil, beetle house
Book Review

The Nightmare Before Dinner Recipes to Die For: a Quarto Publishing Group – Race Point Publishing Book Review

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Halloween, the nightmare before dinner, cookbook, book review, zach neil, beetle house
The Nightmare Before Dinner

Just in time for Halloween celebrations, this new cookbook, The Nightmare Before Dinner Recipes to Die For by Zach Neil will get your imagination rolling with this creative mix of dark recipes including drinks to desserts and everything in between. Inspired by a wide range of movie, this goth-styled mix of recipes is sure to delight anyone with some creativity bursting to come out with a few gasps and shocked surprises as favored responses.

This book contains over 60 recipes from Beetle House restaurants which features a menu inspired by the works of Tim Burton. Wouldn’t you want to dine at a restaurant where “every day is Halloween”! These restaurants are located in New York and Los Angeles, so for now I’m going to be creating some of these recipes at home thanks to this new cookbook!

Nightmare Christmas Party – If it were up to me, I would have this party at my house every Saturday starting from Thanksgiving Weekend until New Year’s Day! Serve This is Halloween Cocktails because it just makes sense. Viva la Halloween!

My all time favorite Tim Burton movie is Edward Scissorhands, so I was delighted to hear that their very first recipe was the Edward Burger HandsThis is a seven layer burger, and the burger is actually held together with a pair of scissors going right through the burger! The photography in this cookbook is positively vivid and you will love the look of this burger. This burger includes an egg, sunny-side up, pepper jack cheese, bacon, avocado, roasted red pepper – do I need to say anymore to encourage you to check out this cookbook.

Ok, I will keep going to get your movie references going, there is the Sweeney Beef, think of a straight shaving razor being used instead of a steak knife to enjoy this filet mignon, and I wanted to mention that if you are vegan or vegetarian this cookbook has you covered as well, because you can also make Sweeney Mushroom. Vegan alternatives or suggested ingredient swaps come for every recipe. Next, we can try Evil Dead Shrimp, and as we are waiting for that to cook we can enjoy a delightful drink – The Coco Skellington combining rum, gin, creme de coconut, lime juice, orange bitter and the zest of an orange – oh my!

Speaking of The Nightmare Before Christmas, there is a chapter entitled “Put the Fun Back in Funeral” which is a themed party section. One of the parties is the Nightmare Christmas Party. You will never find a more fun risotto recipe than Frog’s Breath & Nightshade Risotto to include in a party.

Finally, I have to include the most beautiful dessert, straight from Beetlejuice, is Beetle Pie. With a chocolate crust, a bright green pistachio pudding filling, and topped with a blackberry jam concoction, it is a pie beyond belief! From start to finish, The Nightmare Before Dinner Recipes to Die For is as fun to read as it is to jump into the cooking. I hope you get a chance to get this book before your Halloween celebrations. If you try any of these recipes in your celebrations, please let us know in the comments below.

Disclosure:  Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Race Point Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

You can purchase your copy of this book at: https://www.amazon.com/Nightmare-Before-Dinner-Recipes-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B07DQ9C3ZH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540061589&sr=8-1&keywords=nightmare+cookbook


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  1. I think I need the cookbook just for the title!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention

    1. drriehl says:

      It’s fun cookbook!

  2. How fun is this! I would love to try the Sweeney Mushrooms 🙂

    1. drriehl says:

      Two thumbs up from me, I’m sure you would love them!

  3. This is too fun! I love Tim Burton – and all things Halloween. I think I need to check out this place when I next go to NYC.


    1. drriehl says:

      I agree! Worth a trip for a chance to eat in this restaurant alone!

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