The best video game cookbooks - holiday gift guide 2019

Level up your loved ones' skills in the kitchen buy buying them a video game-inspired cookbook this holiday season!

We’ll admit it, we’ve drooled over videogame food before. I mean come on, have you seen how tasty Skyrim’s sweet rolls look? The holidays are all about enjoying good food, but unfortunately, you can’t eat pixels. Not unless you pick up a gaming cookbook that is! If you know a video game fan in your life who also enjoys exploring the kitchen (or you just want to encourage them to) then consider buying them a gaming cookbook this holiday season. Not only will it improve their culinary skills, it’ll probably let you enjoy the fruits of their work as well! Sneaky. Read on for our video game cookbooks holiday gift guide 2019. Be warned: you may start salivating.

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Video game cookbooks - holiday gift guide 2019

The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook

Video game cookbooks holiday gift guide 2019
© Bethesda, Chelsea Monroe-Cassel

We started off with sweet rolls, so let’s get straight back to them with the official cookbook for the The Elder Scrolls series. There’s no better way to explore the countries of Tamriel than with your stomach, and this cookbook offers dishes from several different entries in the Elder Scrolls catalogue. Food may not have looked pretty in the muddy the graphics of the older games, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be delicious when following these instructions! Buy the cookbook on Amazon here.

Fallout: The Vault Dweller's Official Cookbook

video game cookbooks holiday gift guide 2019
© Bethesda, Victoria Rosenthal

We’re not sure that an irradiated wasteland offers quite as many tempting food opportunities as a fantasy land filled with cakes, magic potions and more, but hey, we’re not going to judge. If you know someone who prefers mutants to mudcrabs, this might be the perfect alternate present. Click here to find it on Amazon.

Overwatch: The Official Cookbook

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Overwatch is a gorgeous game, and the colorful art style that brings its characters to life only makes the brief glimpses of food in-game and during cinematics all the more delicious. Thankfully, the Overwatch fanatic in your life can now try their hand at cooking up ramen even Hanzo would be proud of by picking up the game’s official cookbook. Thanks to the country-hopping nature of the game, it makes for a truly international feast with German, Korean, Japanese meals and more. You can pick it up on Amazon by clicking here.

Alternatively, if Hearthstone is more their thing, consider buying the Hearthstone: Innkeeper’s Tavern Cookbook for some hearty dishes and drinks. Here’s the Amazon link. Warcraft still ruling their life? Get them off the servers and into the kitchen with the World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook

Binging with Babish

Andrew Rea has made a name for himself by whipping together your favorite dishes from TV shows and movies on YouTube, but there’s plenty here to enjoy for video game fans as well. A quick scroll down the recipes list on his website reveals dishes inspired by Apex Legends, Pokemon, Red Dead Redemption 2 and many more popular games. So whether you’re a TV, anime, cartoon or gaming fan, the Binging with Babish cookbook is an excellent choice to broaden your culinary horizons. Find it on Amazon by clicking here

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The Pokemon Cookbook: Easy & Fun Recipes

The Pokemon Cookbook - video game cookbook gifts 2019
© The Pokemon Company, Maki Kudo

If you know a geek who likes making food that looks adorable, the Pokemon Cookbook is a great purchase, filled with recipes designed to replicate the popular critters while also tasting mighty good. One point of warning is that if you buy this for children, they may need helping following the more complicated recipes through. Either way, the results should speak for themselves. They’ll probably taste great too, if you can bring yourself to eat them! Click here for the Amazon link.

The Geeky Chef

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Movies, video games, books and TV shows all get a look in as part of the Geeky Chef’s cookbook. Though it’s lacking on pictures, the recipes included are far from disappointing and cover a huge base of popular fantasy worlds including The Legends of Zelda, World of Warcraft and Super Mario Bros. This book goes heavy on the drinks, including alcholic ones, so makes a great gift for grown gamers. You can get a taste of the style of recipe by visiting the Geeky Chef website. Want to grab some as a gift? There are two books available, so check them both out and pick your favorite. Here’s the link to the first. Click here for the second.

Still after more gifts? Check out these gaming gift guides for more inspiration:

Those are our picks of great gaming cookbooks to buy as a gift this holiday season. Know of any more? Let us know in the comments below! We’re always after new recipes...

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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