Titan Books has published a new book, and this time it is something we have never seen before; a cook book. Themed after the hit NBC TV show Hannibal; the book Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook is something we had the pleasure to review this past week.
To review this cookbook, we decided to spotlight a recipe from each section, showing off what the cookbook has the potential to serve for any fan of Hannibal.
Hannibal Cooks: Tools and Rules
Before the recipes start happening, the book describes what types of tools you’ll need throughout the book to make your Hannibal cookbook dreams come true. They include:
The very first food scene we ever shot with Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) with Hugh Dancy (Will), appropriately, was breakfast, After all, on memorable mornings, the best meal of the day is the first one – even if you’re a jaded cannibal killer. Especially if you are making a new friend, feeding an old enemy… or feeding an old enemy to a new friend.
For the breakfast section, we decided to spotlight a pretty basic breakfast meal from the book called Protein Scramble. While we have taken a picture from the book for viewers, we will also be quoting the ingredients and instructions below so you can try it out at home as well.
Broken heart or squab toes, anyone? Anyone? Even when you’re gripped with fear, Hannibal has a way of whetting your appetite. Whether he’s giving a grand dinner in Sorbet (season 1, episode 7), a cocktail party in Futamono (season 2, episode 6) or simply seducing someone special, he’s got a recipe for everyone and everyone in a recipe.
For an appetizer, you can never go wrong with a sauce. Even the most simplest of foods can be brought to an elegant feast when they’re dressed to the nines, and with this Sage Plum Berry Sauce, Hannibal has a way of doing so.
Mains – Meat
For a main dish to make primarily of meat, we chose to spotlight the Hong Kong Ribs. This dish has a type of Asian feel to it, using Chinese sauces, and of course baby back ribs.
One of the coolest fish recipes by far in the Hannibal cookbook has to be the Deconstructed Sushi Bowl from the season 2 opening, and we just had to show you the recipe here and the back story. Included in this recipe is also the popular topping of Spicy Mayo that is also included in the Hannibal cookbook.
No matter how many times Hannibal and Will have dinner together, it ends with unresolved feelings. Here amid the platters of honeycombs and walnuts, pomegranates and figs, Will sits, catatonic. Hannibal, bruised, but unbended, doggedly brings out his skull saw and goes for his main course. Will’s brain has turned to food.
When we were shooting this, the saw blade fell off a few times – but Mads performed retakes with aplomb, never compromising the tension of the scene. Even with Laurence at the other end of the table, alternately screaming and laughing for his takes.
Here are a couple of vegetarian presentations to consider while Hannibal revs up the exquisite little oscillating saw that he keeps in a box beside the gravy ladle.
To those vegetarians out there, the Hannibal cookbook can be just as useful to you as any other average-Joe. Two selected recipes to complement any meal have been chosen including Rataouille and a Honey Mustard Cream.
Soups, Salads and Side Dishes
Within the Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook they also have a wonderful section for covering Soups, Salds and Side Dishes, where we wanted to spotlight the Chilled Tomato Plasma Consomme, Sorta Caesar Dressing, and Candied Ginger.
The Food Stylists and How to Hannibalize Your Table
When it comes to truly embracing the Hannibal look, it’s not just about the recipes on hand. You have to also dress up your table and get the look. There’s a few tips in the book including using modeling clay that you can actually eat, along with a recipe for Candy Glass Shards with Arterial Spray.
It has been a true pleasure being able to review my first cookbook, especially one inspired by the NBC series, Hannibal. It’s amazing how much thought has to go into preparing these scene inspired foods, and that they’re actually edible and not just fake for show. I’d recommend this book for not just fans of the show, but for anyone who would love to spice up their Halloween party, or likes to freak out their guests.
If you’re looking to purchase your own copy of Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook by Janice Poon you can find it on Titan Book’s website.