Castle Rock Kitchen

Wicked Good Recipes from the World of Stephen King [A Cookbook]

About the Book

Explore 80 classic and modern recipes inspired by Stephen King’s Maine, featuring dishes from the books set in Castle Rock, Derry, and other fictional towns—with a foreword from the legendary author himself.

Castle Rock Kitchen is an immersive culinary experience from the mouthwatering to the macabre, with gorgeous, moody photographs to transport Stephen King fans to kitchen tables, diners, and picnic blankets across Maine. Recipes ranging from drinks to dessert (and every course in-between) are inspired by meals and gatherings from the more than forty novels and stories set in King’s Castle Rock multiverse—a darker, more gothic version of the Maine most are familiar with. 

The eighty professionally developed dishes use plenty of local, down-home ingredients such as fresh seafood, potatoes, wild blueberries, and maple syrup, plus some delicacies from away—here are just a few:

Breakfast: Pancakes with the Toziers (It), Dog Days French Toast (Cujo)
Dinner: One-Handed Frittata (Under the Dome), Killer Mac and Cheese (“Gramma”)
Supper: Blue Plate Special (11/22/63), Whopper Spareribs (The Tommyknockers)
Fish and Seafood: Crab Canapés (Pet Sematary), Moose-Lickit Fish & Chips (The Colorado Kid)
Vegetarian: Wild Mushroom Hand Pies (Bag of Bones), Holy Frijole Enchiladas (Elevation)
Baking and Sweets: Hermits for the Road (The Long Walk), Blueberry Cheesecake Pie (“The Body”)
Drinks and Cocktails: Homemade Root Beer (Carrie), Deadly Moonquake (“Drunken Fireworks”)

With a foreword written by Stephen King and story excerpts that connect the recipes to the books that inspired them, Castle Rock Kitchen delivers frightfully good food and drink.
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Castle Rock Kitchen


Stephen King’s Maine is not the one you know. The border between realities has worn thin in places, and the horrors that dwell on the other side cross over—sometimes unseen, other times with devastating results. The following recipes come from that Maine, so it’s fitting to have someone who lives there share them with you.

You may have met Mrs. Garraty before, at the beginning of the first novel Stephen King ever wrote: The Long Walk. In the story, set in a not-so-distant dystopian future, one hundred young men volunteer to undergo an annual Walk that starts on the Maine–New Brunswick border and proceeds south until just one Walker is left standing.

Ray Garraty is the home-state favorite, and a bona fide Maine’s Own, his family having lived there for generations. His mother, Mrs. Garraty, although a minor character, has an authoritative voice when it comes to Maine home cooking; she has access to family and regional recipes passed down for decades, including her Hermits for the Road (page 187), which she gives to Ray just before he starts the Walk. She also has insights into the other Stephen King stories set in Maine, having heard the tales from Castle Rock, Derry, and Chester’s Mill, to name just three of King’s fictional towns.

Other characters have influenced Mrs. Garraty’s narrative voice: Dolores Claiborne, inspired by Nellie King, the author’s own mother; Stella Flanders from “The Reach,” the most Maine character he ever wrote; the moms from It; and the housewives from Needful Things. They’ve all come together to create a cookbook homage to the great state of Maine and its storytelling King.

Join Mrs. G. and me in our Castle Rock Kitchen to explore Stephen King’s Maine multiverse and eighty recipes, from the mouthwatering to the macabre, inspired by his stories. Frighteningly delicious adventures await!

About the Author

Theresa Carle-Sanders
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About the Author

Stephen King
STEPHEN KING is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. More by Stephen King
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