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The book that 5 million fans of Binging with Babish on YouTube have been waiting for!
The internet cooking show Binging with Babish has taken YouTube by storm with views as high as 12 million per episode. For each video, Andrew Rea, a self-proclaimed movie and TV buff, teaches a recipe based on a favorite TV show or film, such as the babka from the classic Seinfeld episode, the beef bourguignon from Julie & Julia, or the timpano from Big Night. This cookbook includes these and other fan-favorite recipes. Some are so delicious that you’ll want to make them for dinner right away, like Bubba's shrimp from Forrest Gump, while others can be saved for impressing a loved one—like the chocolate lava cake from Jon Favreau’s Chef, which the actor/director (who also wrote the foreword) asked to make during a guest appearance on Rea’s show. Complete with behind-the-scenes stories and never-seen-before photos, as well as answers to frequently asked fan questions, Binging with Babish is a must-have companion to the wildly popular YouTube show.
Rea's creative, if perplexing, cookbook borrows its premise from his popular YouTube cooking show of the same name to recreate recipes from movies and TV shows. There are several tantalizing recipes, such as Cornish hens with pomegranate sauce inspired by Frasier, chicken shawarma from The Avengers, and confit byaldi inspired by Ratatouille. However, readers will be surprised to find several recipes that Rea acknowledges are inedible, such as the sugary-sweet pasta Buddy concocts in Elf and the "pretty gross" Dothraki blood pie recreated from Game of Thrones (made with two cups of pig's blood and heavy cream). There are some recipes that enthusiastic readers will be enticed to try, such as courtesan au chocolat pastries that appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Szechuan sauce and nuggets from Rick and Morty, but Rea unexpectedly deems them "not worth the time or effort" to make. Several behind-the-scenes facts about Rea's show (for his episode on making movie theater popcorn, Rea recalls an early job working the Regal Cinemas concession counter) and an in-depth look at his tattoos are entertaining, but they nevertheless feel superfluous. While Rea includes some good ideas here, this cookbook will only be truly appreciated by his most fervent fans.