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'Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for ...'
By: Loren Bouchard
(Hardback / Universe Publishing / 128 Pages / $19.95)

Description: 'The Bobís Burgers Burger Book' gives hungry fans their best chance to eat one of Bob Belcherís beloved specialty Burgers of the Day in seventy-five original, practical recipes.

Verdict: With its warm, edgy humor, outstanding vocal cast, and signature musical numbers, Bobís Burgers has become one of the most acclaimed and popular animated series on television, winning the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and inspiring a hit ongoing comic book and original sound track album.

Now fans can get the ultimate Bobís Burgers experience at home with seventy-five straight from the show but actually edible Burgers of the Day. Recipes include the "Bleu is the Warmest Cheese Burger," the "Bruschetta-Bout-It Burger," and the "Shoot-Out at the OK-ra Corral Burger (comes with Fried Okra)."

Serve the "Sweaty Palms Burger (comes with Hearts of Palm)" to your ultimate crush, just like Tina Belcher, or ponder modern American literature with the "I Know Why the Cajun Burger Sings Burger." Fully illustrated with all-new art in the seriesís signature style, The Bobís Burgers Burger Book showcases the entire Belcher family as well as beloved characters including Teddy, Jimmy Pesto Jr., and Aunt Gayle. All recipes come from the fan-created and heavily followed blog "The Bobís Burger Experiment."

So, what can you expect from this "cook" book? Well, clever and cute burgers with awesome artwork that's faithful to the series, that's what. Although, I must fully admit, it's a slightly different art direction for Americas favorite animated family. Inclusive of some decent recipes that will expand your burger horizons, along with some that are less exciting, less needed, so to speak, 'The Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers' is a worthy addition to your favorite "cook" books.

And that's what counts the most here, for this book has a relaxed, conversational tone very reminiscent of Bob's Burgers (the TV show) itself. I've prepared the Hit Me With Your Best Shallot Burger and the A. Good Manchego Is Hard To Find Burger to recipe, though I personally omitted arugula on the shallot burger. Certain flavor combinations feel more ambitious than savory, but the tips at the beginning for choosing proper ingredients and preparation methods provide a sound basis for good burgers.

Oh, I also tried the Blondes Have More Fun-gus burger and, man, who would have thought that peanut butter would go well with a burger?! Also, there are a handful of vegetarian options, so this is a good general book for Bob's Burgers fans who want to try a few recipes.