Review: The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil

Review: The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach NeilTitle: The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes to Die For: Recipes and Drinks from The Beetle House
Author: Zach Neil
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Some like it goth! If you love movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, or The Evil Dead, then you’ll love the official cookbook of The Beetle House, the Tim Burton-inspired restaurant with locations in New York, Los Angeles, and more. Featuring chef and owner Zach Neil’s signature recipes like “Edward Burger Hands,” a juicy burger stuffed with smoked bacon, fried egg, pepper jack cheese, avocado, with a sriracha cream sauce and “Wonka Wings,” chicken wings with a custom Fanta orange soda glaze, and so many more. Plus you’ll get an array of craft cocktails from the Coco Skellington to the Beetle’s Juice. Featuring more than 50 recipes plus a section on how to host your very own Burton-themed party with crafts, costume, decorations, and more this is the perfect book for the goth, the movie buff, and Halloween lover all the world round.

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Review: The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil

The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil is a recipe book that is sure to spark some creativity into your kitchen. This whimsical Tim Burton themed cookbook has so many fun and tasty ideas that can be created for any occasion. However, those seeking inspiration for a Halloween party will find everything they need to set the stage for a bash suitable for the King of Halloween himself.

❀ An Inspiring Story

Having never heard of Zach Neil’s restaurant chain, The Beetle House, I am even more excited to make a trip to New York to experience what sounds like an amazing culinary adventure. Neil starts the book off with a bit of personal history as to how he became the owner of these unique restaurants. It is truly an inspiring story that sets the stage for these yummy dishes.

❀ Favourite Menu Items

Inside the book are quite a few recipes for the food and drinks offered at The Beetle House. If you are already a fan of the restaurant, favourite menu items, such as Brains and Chips, are all revealed for you to create at home. The ingredients are simple and easy to source, as are the directions. Vegans will also be happy to discover that many of the recipes offer alternatives for the dishes included in the book.

Brains and Chips- The Nightmare Before Dinner

Brains and Chips

❀ Perfect for Halloween

The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil is one book to check out if you are after some tips for your next Halloween party. At the end of the book, you will find specific theme parties for many of Tim Burton’s films. The author pulls all sorts of recipes together based on each movie and gives some advice on decorations as well. I am really excited to put one of these parties on myself.

About Zach Neil

Zach Neil is an American entrepreneur, artist, and chef. He has been featured multiple times on the Food Network and has gained additional notoriety through his popular chains of themed restaurants, which have been featured on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Good Day New York, MSNBC, and ABC World News Tonight, among others. Zach combined his artistic pursuits with his culinary skills to create the eclectic, Halloween-themed Beetle House restaurants, which have broken media records in the restaurant space. The celebrated menu caught the attention of Quarto Publishing Group, who collaborated with Neil on his first cookbook The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes to Die For, which features all of the Beetle House recipes, plus a selection of brand new, never-before-seen dishes with seasonally-inspired flavors and a dash of Gothic insanity. In addition to his restaurant franchises, Neil is considered an authority on pop-up bars and restaurants with his own television programming and lifestyle brands in the works. You can find Zach on Instagram @therealzachneil and don't forget to check out to find out more about a Beetle House location near you.


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13 thoughts on “Review: The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil

  1. Elizabeth Jones says:

    I love the idea of this book! Now I need to find out about this cool restaurant for my next trip to NY. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lori Smanski says:

    thanks for your review. I am always looking for something creative and a little different but simple at the same time.

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