For those of us still reeling from the cancellation of Hannibal on NBC, Titan Books has given us an early Christmas present.
Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook teaches readers how to cook like Hannibal Lecter, minus the human meat. The book is written by Janice Poon, the food stylist known for her fantastical creations that made Mads Mikkelsen appear to be the most cultured cannibal on television. The book title also shares the same name as her blog.
The introduction to the book is written by Mads himself, which was a delightful treat. The book then goes into gorgeous color photographs of elaborate meals and simple to follow instructions on how to do them at home. My personal favorite is the “bite mask” pie. It’s basically a mini meatpie, complete with a top that looks like Hannibal’s infamous mouth covering. Poon’s work is exquisite and occasionally disturbingly creepy. For fans who watched the show with rapt attention, things like “Bedelia’s Kalua Roasted Loin” will probably cause a stomach churn or so, with family members having no real clue as to why you need to rush to the bathroom to vomit. Spoiler alert: it probably has to do with something weird that was cannibalized on the show.
Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook is an incredible book and a fantastic addition to your cookbook collection. Who doesn’t want to drink Punch Romaine (aka the last drink made on the Titanic and the last drink a particular victim consumed before being stabbed in the head with an ice pick)?
Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook by Janice Poon is now available from Titan Books.