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You're Going to Make a Lot of Pizza With the TMNT Cookbook

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As everyone knows, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles love pizza. After all, there's no better way to follow up a hard day of fighting crime than having a few slices of 'za with the gang in the sewer. Eating that much cheese and dough comes with a deep wisdom of what makes a good pie, and the reptilian heroes are now passing that knowledge on with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Cookbook. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo all weigh in on their favorite toppings, from classic New York pepperoni to deep dish goulash pizza.

The hardcover book comes with 65 radical recipes—and yes, they're all pizza-related. The turtles are busy fighting crimes, so the cookbook was written by Peggy Paul Casella from ThursdayNightPizza.com.

You can pre-order this righteous tome on Amazon, which is set to come out in May.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge: Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

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Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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