I live, breathe, and eat geek. Literally. In the seventies, I ate the gum that was packaged with Star Wars trading cards. In the eighties, I gobbled up bowls of C3POs. In the nineties, I drank my fair share of Star Wars-branded collectible sodas. What can I say? Geekdom was more than collecting toys and watching movies: It was part of my healthy, balanced breakfast. Or maybe not. Honestly, there’s nothing particularly healthy about an ice-cold can of Mountain Dew with a side of sugary C3PO cereal.
These days, I try to be a little more health-conscious. I’m about to be 43, and judging by how much I loved The Force Awakens (spoiler free hint: sooooooo much.) , I’d like to live long enough to see the next 30 or so Star wars movies, not to mention the next kajillion editions of Dungeons and Dragons, and maybe even one or two more graphic novels from Alan Moore (still waiting on The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic, there, Mr. Moore).
Anyway, what I’ve discovered is that when it comes to making better food choices it is best to cook your own geeky foods (or ask someone else very nicely to do so), and that’s how I stumbled upon Kitchen Overlords’ line of cookbooks. Culinary mad scientist/chef Chris-Rachel Oseland has published several great greek cookbooks, like Dining with the Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook, Wood for Sheep, a cookbook for fans of Settlers of Cataan, and the hilariously titled steampunk cocktail bible Steamdrunks.
As delightful as all of these might be, Oseland isn’t content with just conquering your kitchens. Oseland and co-conspirator Tom Gordon have just released their first coloring book: The Kitchen Overlord Colorable Compendium of Geek History. Inspired by their Kitchen Overlord Illustrated Geek Cookbook, this guided tour to all things geek features page after busy page of critters and lovable characters from all corners of nerdery, from favorite movies like Alien and the Star Wars saga to literary Lovecraftian horrors like the Elder God Cthulhu.
This book isn’t just fun to color (and isn’t coloring fun? I can just smell the crayons…), it’s a light-hearted homage and guide to decades of science-fiction and fantasy that might just teach you a thing or two as it inspires your creative spirit. There’s no reason to just take my word for it, though: We’ve got a few sample pages for you to check out on your own. Grab your Crayolas, mix a batch of Steamdrunk cocktails and get ready to lose yourself in hours of geeky fun.
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