Trade a favorite TV show or hot new movie for a great cookbook

By Adam Markovitz
November 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST

Love Downton Abbey?

Try Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain by Jamie Oliver

Love This? Breaking Bad

AMC’s gritty drama stars Bryan Cranston as a former chemistry teacher with an unusual hobby: cooking meth for cash.

Try This! The Science of Good Cooking

Take a course in kitchen chemistry from the venerable culinary scientists at America’s Test Kitchen.

Love This? Lincoln

Steven Spielberg’s epic (now in theaters) eschews a standard birth-to-death biopic in favor of a glimpse at our 16th president’s gripping final few months.

Try This! Martha’s American Food

Lincoln kept the states united — and Stewart collects recipes from just about every one of them in this guide to regional flavors.

Love This? Life of Pie

This story of a shipwrecked boy, based on Yann Martel’s 2001 best-seller, opened on the big screen Nov. 21 in sumptuous 3-D courtesy of director Ang Lee.

Try This! Saltie

The women behind this Brooklyn sandwich shop credit the seafaring novel Moby-Dick with inspiring them to open their doors — and now they’re sharing their recipes.

Love This? The Real Housewives of New York City

Bravo’s ladies-who-lunch spend plenty of time dishing up gossip in Manhattan’s fanciest fine-food establishments.

Try This! A Table at Cirque

Yes, the Housewives have eaten at the restaurant, and even their kvetching can’t kill our appetite for Sirio Maccioni’s classic Continental cuisine — or his cookbook.

Love This? Girls

Writer-director-star Lena Dunham pulls no punches on her HBO series, which finds plenty to laugh — and cringe — about in the lives of twentysomethings in Brooklyn.

Try This! Baked Elements

Cupcakes are a weakness for Hannah (Dunham), who lives just a taxi ride away from this bakery, nestled in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood.

Love This? Les Miserablés

The hit Broadway musical — inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic 19th-century novel of redemption in revolutionary France — is finally coming to theaters Dec. 25.

Try This! Bouchon Bakery

When Marie Antoinette said, ”Let them eat cake,” she couldn’t have dreamed of pastries as tasty as the ones in Thomas Keller’s kitchen.

Love This? Homeland

On Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama, an ex–CIA agent (Claire Danes) hunts a terrorist group that has ties to a recently returned POW (Damian Lewis).

Try This! The Lebanese Kitchen

Lebanon may get a bad rap on Homeland, but the country’s gastronomic splendor gets its due in Salma Hage’s comprehensive new cookbook.

Love This? Skyfall

A brilliant hacker (Javier Bardem) squares off against 007 (Daniel Craig) in the Bond series’ new chapter, which skips from Shanghai to Istanbul and beyond.

Try This! Susan Feniger’s Street Food

Bond doesn’t take time from his globe-trotting to sample the local fare, but you can with Feniger’s catalog of exotic treats.

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