The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers
Blurb: The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book gives hungry fans their best chance to eat one of Bob Belcher’s beloved specialty Burgers of the Day in seventy-five original, practical recipes.
With its warm, edgy humor, outstanding vocal cast, and signature musical numbers, Bob’s Burgers has become one of the most acclaimed and popular animated series on television, winning the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and inspiring a hit ongoing comic book and original sound track album. Now fans can get the ultimate Bob’s Burgers experience at home with seventy-five straight from the show but actually edible Burgers of the Day.
Recipes include the “Bleu is the Warmest Cheese Burger,” the “Bruschetta-Bout-It Burger,” and the “Shoot-Out at the OK-ra Corral Burger (comes with Fried Okra).” Serve the “Sweaty Palms Burger (comes with Hearts of Palm)” to your ultimate crush, just like Tina Belcher, or ponder modern American literature with the “I Know Why the Cajun Burger Sings Burger.” Fully illustrated with all-new art in the series’s signature style, The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book showcases the entire Belcher family as well as beloved characters including Teddy, Jimmy Pesto Jr., and Aunt Gayle. All recipes come from the fan-created and heavily followed blog “The Bob’s Burger Experiment.”
My Thoughts: Bob’s Burgers is an important show for me, not only is it hilarious but watching this show was something that my partner and I did when we first started dating. It’s been a constant for us since then. The release of a cookbook for this show that always makes me crave a burger, is great news!
The basis premise of this book is that each burger from the show has a recipe. In the Bob’s Burgers show itself, each episode usually features a new burger of the day option – with most of these being puns or a pop culture reference.
The book is broken up into two main sections, base recipes and then unique recipes. The base recipes take you through how to cook a basic burger, and then how to cook your own fries. The rest of the book is solely dedicated to each individual burger recipe.
The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book itself is very unique. Instead of featuring photos of the burgers, the book featurs illustrated pictures of the burgers (see below) or scenes from the show. I’m not going to lie, I really loved this aspect. The images of the burgers themselves are sometimes done ingredient by ingredient and are really good indicators of how to construct the actual burgers.
From the book I have so far cooked the ‘Foot Feta-ish Burger/Never Been Feta burger’ not only because it is one of my favourite burger puns, but because the recipe sounded good. The burger, which calls for crumbed feta cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce, and sriracha was delicious! 10/10 would cook again.
The cookbook itself:
Ease of Use: The recipes are easy to follow, concise, and are entertaining. The measurements are imperial, so I did have to do some conversions myself.
Recipes: The recipes take you through the steps in a simple and intuitive manner. The corresponding images are either breakdowns of the burger structure or of characters/scenes from the show. The beef patties can sometimes be a little different, recipe to recipe, and each recipes addresses this in how to best prepare the patties of the burger.
The ingredients are listed in order of usage and the following instructions are very clear and concise on what is needed to be done.
The final step of each recipe is how to assemble the burger. You are given the order in which to stack the burger ingredients. The entertainment factor comes in this part of the recipe, often there are observations or jokes at the end of these instructions. Not only are they entertaining, but I was pleasantly surprised when making the burgers.
Book: After the introduction, the book includes a ‘How to Cook a Basic Burger Best’ and ‘How to Cook Your Own Fries Faultlessly’ section which was much appreciated as it provided some really good tips! After this the individual recipes are listed and featured. With a small acknowledgements page ending the book.
The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book was easy to read and the recipes were formatted in a way that made following the instructions a simple process. Also they looked good and when I read a lot of the recipes, they made me smile.
Recommendations: If you’re a fan of the show, then I would recommend checking this book out. Not only are you given insight into the actual cooking skill of Bob but you finally get to cook the burgers that the show has made you want to eat ❤
If you’re not a fan of the show but are a fan of good burgers, then check this out. The burgers featured are different and offer a real variety in the food flavours. If you love burgers, you’ll love this book.
I’ve made one recipe from this book and loved it. I’ve already picked out a few other burgers that I am just dying to try and will 100% be returning to make these, and more!