Book Mail Monday 10/31/2022

Happy Monday, book friends! And a very happy Halloween and a blessed Samhain to those who celebrate! It’s also the final day of Blogtober, so all around a day of celebration.

This week, I must confess I have once again brought another book into our home. And not just any book–a cookbook. You see, I happened upon the fact that there is an Unoffocial Sims Cookbook featuring recipes from the game, and I simply couldn’t not immediately buy it.

An image of a hand holding up a an orange and blue book titled The Unofficial Sims Cookbook while her dog stares at her judgementally

One of my favorite things about playing the Sims is exploring all of the different recipes that a Sim can learn as they level up in Cooking, Gourmet Cooking, and Baking skill. A lot of them are fairly standard recipes, like chef’s salad, waffles, or butter chicken. However, there are also mood-based foods like the Silly Gummy Bear Pancakes.

I confess I can’t say for sure that this will become a heavily-referenced recipe collection in our house, but I am going to enjoy the possibilities of it. Just flipping through, I can see that each recipe references the game (or game pack) it’s from, plus a little blurb about the recipe, full of Sims lore references. The photos are also stylized in a fun way that has me going, wait, is this real food or video game food?

The Unofficial Sims Cookbook came out this year, which means it’s relatively up-to-date with all of your favorite Sims recipes. Including those silly gummy bear pancakes, which I can’t quite decide whether I actually want to eat. The author is apparently also the creator of the website Ultimate Sims Guides, which I am confident I’ve probably used on many a Google search to learn how to do a thing in the game. Needless to say, I think we can trust that she knows her Sims stuff.

I’d be remiss not to mention that this is a timely book mail Monday topic, since one of my all-time favorite Halloween costumes has got to be the year that I dressed as a Sim. It was such an easy costume, just normal clothes with a little plumbob headband that I made.

Amanda wears a black and white flannel and t-shirt, with a Sims plumbob headband on her head. She is smiling in absolute delight that she manaed to craft this thing.