27 Weird and Wacky Cookbooks Based on Pop Culture

Everyone knows that there are a few good cookbooks you need to basically have every recipe you need in life. The Joy of Cooking, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and a good cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen are great to have in the wheelhouse and should give you recipes for anything you can’t find on Pinterest. But for those of us who love the weird and wacky, there are a whole SLEW of cookbooks that are a MUST for foodies who love TV, movies, books, and music.

Compiled for your shopping and reading enjoyment, here are 27 fantastically weird and wacky cookbooks that you add to your upcoming birthday or holiday lists. I actually do own a good handful of these myself and they’re quite amazing. My famous chocolate chip cookie recipe comes from Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook, I have made a handful of drinks from the Mad Men Cookbook and I’ve tried making Pumpkin Pasties from the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook (I also recently purchased Vincent Price’s cookbook, which is a full-color collection of some very unique and scrumptious recipes!). These are all real and all for sale on Amazon.com (they’re also all linked for easy shopping!).


Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price

The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and other Galactic Recipes

Baking Bad: Criminally Delicious Recipes. No Meth-in Around.

Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook

Cooking with FRIENDS

Star Trek Cookbook: The Official Cookbook from Star Trek’s First Chef

Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook

Are You Hungry Tonight?: Elvis’ Favorite Recipes

Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook

The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook

The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers

Grandpa’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Cookbook

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Fifty Shades of Chicken: 50 Chicken Recipes Bound to be Delicious

Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook

The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking

Orange is the New Black Cookbook: Bites, Booze, Secrets and Stories from Inside the Big House

Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook

Pulp Kitchen: Recipes for the Good, the Bad, and the Hungry

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes

TrueBlood Cookbook: Eats, Drinks and Bites

The Snacking Dead Cookbook

The Sopranos Family Cookbook

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men

A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Cooking Companion

A Treasury of Great Recipes by Mary and Vincent Price

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…Fun Facts!

Whenever One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is on TV, I have to stop whatever I’m doing and watch it. Personally, I think it’s Jack Nicholson’s best performance and maybe one of the best films I’ve ever seen.

For as much as I love the movie, I didn’t know it was a book first until I stumbled upon the audiobook at the library. I decided to check it out…

Though I think I like the movie a tad better, the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was an intoxicating read, and a very different take on R.P. McMurphy and Chief Bromden (who ironically ends up narrating the novel).

I just finished the book a few days ago and immediately watched the movie yet again…inspiring today’s post…33 Fun Facts about One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.


A film with quite an interesting backstory, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest opened in 1975 to critical acclaim. It had a killer opening weekend and swept the Oscar ceremony, with awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and several more. It was the film debut of Brad Dourif (who scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination for this role as Billy Bibbit) and popular favorite, Christopher Lloyd.

Set in a real-life psychiatric hospital, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest also featured a few actual patients and provided a home for the cast during filming. It’s on the favorite movie list of several A-listers, including Ron Howard and Barack Obama, and has been added to the Best 100 Movies of All Time list, as well as the National Film Registry.

If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest you check it out…and if you have seen it, read these fun facts and watch it again!


33 Fun Facts About One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

In the novel, main character Randle P. McMurphy is actually a large, red-headed Irishman.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the favorite movie of director Ron Howard and President Barack Obama.

Ken Kesey’s novel of the same name was based on his experiences while working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, CA.

The title of the film (and novel) gets its name from an American children’s folk rhyme. It’s mentioned in full in the novel but never referenced in the film.

During most of the film’s shooting, William Redfield (Harding) was ill. He died several months after the film was completed.

Many extras in the film were real mental patients.
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One large change between the book and the film is that the book is narrated by Chief Bromden…a decision that was left out of the movie. Because of that, author Ken Kesey refused to see the film adaptation of his novel.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was the first film to win all “Big Five” Academy Awards in 41 years. Not since 1934 (It Happened One Night) did one picture win Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. This honor would not be matched again until Silence of the Lambs won the Big Five in 1992. No film has won the Big Five since.

Other actors considered for the role of Randle P. McMurphy included Kirk Douglas (who was McMurphy in the stage production, shown below), Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, and Burt Reynolds.  It was awarded to Jack Nicholson because he was the biggest Hollywood name at the time.

As for Nurse Ratched, several actresses were considered as well, including Anne Bancroft, Colleen Dewhurst, Geraldine Page, and Angela Lansbury.

The doctor who assessed R.P. McMurphy at the beginning of the film (Dr. John Spivey) was actually a facility superintendent at Oregon State Hospital, where the movie was filmed.

Mel Lambert, another non-actor, was also asked to play the harbormaster who protested McMurphy and his crew taking the boat out on a fishing trip. What’s more, Lambert had a strong relationship with the Native American community in Oregon and introduced the production team to Will Sampson, who would be cast as the major character, Chief Bromden.

All of the actors who played patients actually lived on the Oregon State Hospital psychiatric ward throughout production. They personalized their sleeping quarters and spent their days on campus getting a sense of what it was like to be hospitalized.

To add to the effect of realism, the director led his performers in unscripted group therapy sessions in which he directed the actors to develop their characters’ psychological maladies organically. He would capture footage of the actors, both in and out of character, without mentioning that the cameras were rolling.

Most of Jack Nicholson’s scene with Dr. Brooks (Spivey) upon arriving at the hospital was improvised – including the slamming of the stapler, asking about the fishing photo, and discussing his rape conviction. Brooks’s reactions to Nicholson in that scene were 100% authentic.

Strained by a demanding shooting schedule that kept him away from his wife, Rhea Perlman, Danny DeVito created an imaginary friend with whom he would have nightly chats. Concerned that his own sanity might be slipping away, he sought the advice of Dr. Brooks (Dr. Spivey in the film), who assured him there was no reason to worry as long as DeVito could still identify the character as fictional.

The cast and crew were also concerned about the behavior of Sydney Lassick (Cheswick). He exhibited increasingly unpredictable and emotionally erratic behavior during his time in character, a pattern that culminated in a tearful outburst during his off-screen observation of the final scene between McMurphy and The Chief. Lassick became so overwhelmed during the scene that he had to be removed from set.

The play opened on Broadway in NYC in November 1963 and closed after 82 performances. The cast included Kirk Douglas as R.P. McMurphy, William Daniels as Dale Harding and Gene Wilder as Billy Bibbit.

The final scene of the film was shot in one take.

Dr. Brooks and Mel Lambert weren’t the only newbies to the big screen. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was also the film debut for Brad Dourif (who received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Billy Bibbit), Christopher Lloyd, and Will Sampson.

During the ECT scene, McMurphy says, “A little dab will do ya” as the nurse is putting conductor gel on the side of his head. This phrase, not in the original script, is a reference to the advertising gingle of Brylcreem hair cream, which was a popular hair care product for men in the 60s and 70s.

Danny DeVito reprised his performance for a 1971 off-Broadway revival.

Louise Fletcher was so disturbed by her own performance as Nurse Ratched that she couldn’t watch the film for years.
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Jack Nicholson seems to be a master negotiator, as he took a percentage of the profits of the film in lieu of a small salary. The move paid off when the picture went on to gross well over $120 million. He pulled a similar arrangement with Tim Burton’s Batman.

When filming the fishing scene, all of the cast except Jack Nicholson got seasick. What made it worse for them was it took a whole week to film it! Danny DeVito apparently still gets queasy thinking about it.

The fishing scene was almost cut from the film. It was the final scene filmed and the only piece shot out of chronological order.

A little Easter Egg for the fishing scene: Angelica Huston makes a small cameo as an onlooker who was watching the boat as McMurphy steers the boat back to shore (Huston and Nicholson were dating at the time).

The fishing trip sequence was filmed at Depoe Bay, Oregon – the smallest harbor in the world.

Most of the cast was chosen by putting them in group therapy auditions.

Filming was so intense and strenuous that the party scene was actually such a welcome “breathe of fresh air” for the cast (this is also my favorite scene in the entire film!  BILLY YOU LITTLE HEARTBREAKER).
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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, and Vincent Schiavelli – all patients in the hospital – all played villains in Tim Burton’s Batman films.

Similarly, Louise Fletcher, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent Schiavelli, Michael Berryman, and Brad Dourif have all appeared in Star Trek productions.

In 1993, the movie was deemed “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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Creativi-bee: 11 Things Every Bill Murray Fan Needs in Their Life

Happy 65th Birthday, Bill Murray!

There are some people in this world that make life better just by existing…Bill Murray is one of those people.

A native of Evanston, Illinois, Murray grew up north of Chicago along with his eight siblings. A graduate of Loyola Academy, he worked as a golf caddy during his teen years to help finance is education. After a quick stint in Colorado attempting a medical degree, Murray returned to Chicago and, with the help of his brother, became involved with Chicago’s famed Second City.

In 1976 he joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live and stayed with the show until 1980. After that, Murray began his amazing film career, staring in a collection of beloved films, including Ghostbusters, Scrooged, Groundhog Day, The Man Who Knew Too Little, and my personal favorite, Rushmore. His role in Rushmore actually won him great critical acclaim. He won Best Supporting Actor awards from The New York Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

In 2003, his role in Lost in Translation got him a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Independent Spirit Award. He was considered a favorite to win an Oscar for his role, but ultimately lost to Sean Penn (Mystic River).


Despite his great success, Murray is actually quite detached from Hollywood. He is a restaurant owner and resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is a very active community member. He does not have an agent or manager and reportedly fields offers for scripts and roles using a personal telephone with a voice mailbox that he checks infrequently. How amazingly 90’s is that?!

A regular fixture at several Chicago sporting events, Murray still makes time to come back and visit his home town and has made several donations to support local businesses and charities. He is so well-loved by his fans and he often poses for pictures, signs autographs, and takes time to talk to those who support him.

Is this NOT a man worth celebrating?!?

So today marks Murray’s 65th birthday, and to celebrate…here are 11 fantastically wonderful ways to bring the magic of Murray into your home.

Have a Murray Christmas Card
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Ghostbusters Pop Art
Ghostbusters inspired wall art, Ghostbusters, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ghostbusters poster,Ghostbusters print, Ghostbusters art, Geek art

Bill Murray Pin
Bill Murray enamel pin zine combo

Life is an Adventure Sign
Life Aquatic, Life aquatic art, life aquatic poster, life aquatic print, murray, wes anderson, Life aquatic beanie, this is an adventure

Bill Murray Coasters
I Heart Bill Murray Coasters.

Bill Murray Make-Up Bag
Bill Murray Purse - Portrait Zipper Pouch

Bill Murray’s Wes Anderson Character Cup
Wes Anderson's Bill Murrays Mug

Groundhog Day Sign
Groundhog Day, Its the same, thing every day, Movie poster, Film quote, Quotes, Alarm clock, Bill Murray, Cinema, Classic, Retro, Minimalist

Bill Murray Key Sign
SALE! Key Holder BiLL MURRAY Key Holder & Wood Mounted Wall Art "Don't Forget These" Bill Murray PERsONALIZE Your Own! 2 Sizes Available

Life Aquatic Mug
Life Aquatic mug, Bill Murray mug, Wes Anderson gift

Bill Murray Tee Shirt
Bill Murray is my spirit animal shirt - Unisex shirt - T Shirt - Bill Murray Shirt - Funny shirt gift -Bill Murray is the best

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Reci-bee: 10 Pumpkin Spice Recipes

Tis the season for pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Candies, gum, breads, cakes, coffees, mints, chips…you name it, it’s been pumpkin spiced.

Now I’m all about pumpkin spice. Made up mostly of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice, it tastes amazing in baked goods of all kinds. It’s also scrumptious sprinkled over oatmeal or mixed into ice cream…BUT there are rules, people! Pumpkin spice gum?? PUMPKIN SPICE BEER?? This is a problem.

Let’s bring it back, people. Back to pies and cakes and scones and all the things that actually highlight the taste of this iconic fall spice.

So if you’re high on the PSL craze, these recipes are for you. Here are 10 PSL-icious pumpkin spice recipes that will get you (and your kitchen) in the spirit of fall!


Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Lovely Little Kitchen

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate
A Night Owl Blog
This Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate is just three ingredients and is so easy to make! Perfect for a chilly fall evening!

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting
Two Sisters Crafting

Pumpkin Spice Truffles
Sally’s Baking Addiction
For the best Fall treat, make these pumpkin spice truffles-- they're surprisingly easy and can be coated in white or dark chocolate! Click through for the recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
Inside BruCrew Life

Pumpkin Spice Pecan Fudge
Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Easy Pumpkin Spice Pecan Fudge | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy recipe for decadent pumpkin spice flavored fudge with pecans a fun treat for dessert or a snack #Treats4All ad

Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze
Brown Eyed Baker

Pumpkin Spice Mini Doughnuts
Garnish with Lemon

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Damn Delicious

Pumpkin Spice Granola
A Night Owl Blog
Pumpkin Spice Granola - a sweet combination of your favorite fall spices along with sweet maple syrup, brown sugar, walnuts and almonds.

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The Secret Wisdom of the Earth Book Review

Sometimes a book completely sweeps me up in the most unexpected way. I feel like I’m falling into it, like Mary Poppins in a chalk drawing, and I am immune to all distraction. I hear the characters talking, I smell the same things they smell, feel the same things they feel. How or why it happens when it does, I have no idea. But when I started reading Secret Wisdom of the Earth, I felt myself falling into it immediately.

Told in absolute beautiful prose, Secret Wisdom of the Earth is a story about struggle. The struggle to move forward, the struggle to hold on. The struggle between what is right, what is wrong, and what is good. With characters you will grow to love (and hate), and story lines that are so relatable and real, Secret Wisdom of the Earth is a book for every generation.


After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible accident, fourteen-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent to Kentucky to spend the summer with Kevin’s grandfather. Small, quaint, and stuck in its ways, the old coal town in Medgar, Kentucky lies deep in Appalachia. Coming from the city, this environment is new to Kevin, and he quickly falls into step with a wild and confident kid named Buzzy Fink. Buzzy and Kevin become fast friends and together explore the magnificence of the backcountry woods.

Meanwhile, beset by a massive mountaintop removal project that is blowing up the back hills of Medgar, Kevin’s grandfather and a few colorful locals attempt to rally against “the company” and its powerful owner to stop the plundering of their ancient heritage and homeland. And when Buzzy and Kevin join forces with Kevin’s grandfather, the events of this fateful summer forever affect the town and everyone in it.

Up there with some of the best books I’ve read this year, Secret Wisdom of the Earth had me laughing in one chapter and crying in the next. It was such a true depiction of grief, friendship, prejudice, loyalty, and love told in such simple and beautiful language. With characters and prose reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye, A Separate Peace, and To Kill a Mockingbird, Secret Wisdom of the Earth is a coming-of-age story about the very complicated and tumultuous relationship humans have with protecting their homeland and those they love.

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The Buzz On…Google!

It seems like Google has been around forever, but it was only 19 years ago today that Google.com became a registered domain name. Since it’s creation, Google has become the highest visited website IN THE WORLD and owns several other popular sites, including YouTube, Blogger, Picasa, and many more.

With more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries around the world, Google employs several thousand people (about 61,800 full-time employees as of 2015) and leads the pack in several “Best Companies to Work For” lists.

As the leading search engine, they have several accomplishments under their belt, including having “to Google” added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Here are a few more fun facts you may not know about the site we all know…

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Every day, 16% of the searches that are on Google are ones Google has never seen before.

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In 1999, the founders of Google tried to sell it to Excite for just $1 million. Excite turned them down.

If you search “Askew” in Google, the content will tilt slightly to the right.  AHH TRIPPY!

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The first Google Doodle was dedicated to The Burning Man Festival attended by Google founders in 1998.

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Google offers employees free condoms that come in blue, red, green, and yellow and have the phrase, “I’m feeling lucky!” printed on them.

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Google handles more than 2 trillion searches per year…that’s about 270 searches per person on Earth.

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Google might be the only company with the explicit goal to REDUCE the amount of time people spend on its site.

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Google has photographed more than five million miles of road for its Street View maps.

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Google is a dog-friendly company.

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On August 16, 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes. During that time, the global Internet traffic dropped by 40 percent.

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Google has been acquiring two companies a month since 2010.

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The domain name googlesucks.com is owned by Google.

Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road.

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Google is currently valued at about $400 billion.

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Stanford still owns the patent to Google’s algorithm, named PageRank.

Google added Klingon as a language interface option in 2002.

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Google rents 200 goats to “mow” the weeds and brush around headquarters.

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Google provides snacks and food to employees, the first “official snack” being Swedish Fish candy.

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Google earns $20 billion a year from advertising alone…that’s more than the Primetime revenues of CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX combined.

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Every minute, 2 million searches are performed on Google.

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Not surprising, Google is the world’s most visited website.

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Google got its name by accident. The founders misspelled “Googol”, which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes.

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Google.com/mars offers visible imagery view, infrared, and elevation views of the planet Mars.

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The woman who rented her garage to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin later became the CEO of YouTube.

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Google has a company dinosaur named Stan.

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A young girl wrote to Google to give her father a day off for his birthday. This was Google’s response:


Google operates 70 offices in more than 40 countries.

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A team called The Doodlers is responsible for creating the now famous Google Doodles. There have been more than 1,000 doodles created since Google’s inception.

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If a Google employee dies, their spouse receives half pay from the company for 10 years and their children receive $1,000 per month until they turn 19.

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Google hired a camel to create the street view of a desert.

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The “I’m Feeling Lucky” button costs Google $110 million per year, as it bypasses all ads.

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You can see underwater sea life, coral reefs, and ship wrecks using Google Earth.  Even Sea World!  THIS IS NOT A DRILL, PEOPLE!

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