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As Seen on TV: 9 Cookbooks Based on Cartoons

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There are a number of cookbooks dedicated to the animated delicacies created on your favorite cartoons. Pick up these books and you'll eating like a 'toon in no time.

1. BOB'S BURGERS; $12

In every episode of Bob's Burgers, the titular character comes up with a new burger of the day. The punny titles range from "New Bacon-ings" to "The Fig-eta Bout It Burger." All the characters (mostly Mort and Teddy) really seem to enjoy Bob's food, and now you can make the burgers yourself with this extensive, packed-with-puns cookbook.

Find it: Amazon

2. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES; $24

These crime-fighting turtles scarf down a lot of pizza in their downtime, and now you can make pies inspired by the eating habits of Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo. All 65 recipes are by the pizza wiz behind the blog Thursday Night Pizza.

Find it: Amazon

3. POKEMON; $10

Make bento boxes fit to win a ribbon in a Pokemon Contest. You may not have any Ouran berries on hand, but this cookbook will walk you through how to make adorable food that looks like various monsters from the franchise.

Find it: Amazon

4. GARFIELD; $17

Mondays are the worst, but they're a little better with a home-cooked lasagna. You can find a recipe for that and many other Garfield-related treats with this Gooseberry Patch cookbook. There are 230 recipes to choose from, and even little quips from Jim Davis himself.

Find it: Amazon

5. ADVENTURE TIME; $18

Get ready to make bacon pancakes and lots of other dishes from the Land of Ooo. The official cookbook details how to make Soy People tofu, magic barbecue ribs, pink and fluffy cream puffs, and more.

Find it: Amazon

6. SPONGEBOB; $2

Spongebob is one of the best fry cooks in Bikini Bottom, but we will never get to try a Pretty Patty or Krusty Krab pizza. At the very least, children will enjoy this beginner's cookbook based on the cartoon. The recipes are geared toward 7 to 9 year olds who are just learning their way around the kitchen. All the recipes are meant to be at least a little healthy.

Find it: Amazon

7. FROZEN; $23

If the songs from Frozen are still somehow stuck in your head, you can hum them while making some wintry snacks from this recipe book. It even comes with cookie cutters shaped like Olaf and snowflakes.

Find it: Amazon

8. NICKTOONS; $5

Like the Spongebob cookbook, this spiral-bound guide aims to get kids interested in cooking with the help of some classic cartoon characters. The 56-page book has plenty of easy recipes that kids love, like mac n' cheese, popcorn, and more.

Find it: Amazon

9. DC SUPER HEROES; $19

Be the hero of any party by making one of the themed dishes in this cookbook. Most of the options are normal foods that are then fashioned with the DC heroes' logos. Burgers get Superman's "S" shield, pizza gets Green Lantern's insignia, and cupcakes become Bat-Signals. To help you get the shapes right, the book comes with stencils and character cut-outs.

Find it: Amazon

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Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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