HBO Global Licensing has teamed up with Chronicle Books for a Cajun cookbook based on its vampire series, “True Blood.”
True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps is set to hit shelves Sept. 5. The book was compiled by Cajun chef Marcelle Bienvenu, with the help of series creator Alan Ball and associate producer Gianna Sobol
“Millions of fans agree there’s nothing more exciting on television than ‘True Blood,’ and much of that fun comes from the witty and delicious symbolism food and drink brings to so many scenes,” says Christine Carswell, publisher, Chronicle Books. “The True Blood cookbook will relish the flavors of the ‘True Blood’ universe with plenty of authentic dish–both on the plate, and behind-the-scenes.”
Recipes for items such as blood-red beet bisque and crimson sweet tea are mingled with photos from the show’s four seasons and side stories from the set of the HBO series.
The book includes 85 authentic bayou-country recipes, each introduced by “True Blood” characters, as well as two-dozen drink recipes with names like Tequila Moonrise, Lovin' in the Coven and Moonshine Rising.
“This book will be substantial, with recipes that capture the unique ambiance, dark humor and complexity of the characters that make up the magical and offbeat world of ‘True Blood,’” says Ball. “In other words, it will be worthy of Trubies everywhere.”
This isn’t the first brand extension for the HBO series; “True Blood” also has a fragrance and a line of beauty products.
The series takes place in a Louisiana where vampires have “come out of the coffin” and can live side-by-side with humans thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood. Based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, the series boasts more than 13 million viewers in 50 countries around the world. Season five of “True Blood” wrapped up on Sunday.