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Wanna Cook?: The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad by [Guffey, Ensley F., Koontz, K. Dale]
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There are a lot of books out there that say they are the unofficial companion guides to whatever television series, but let me say up front, Ensley F. Guffey and K. Dale Koontz have found the perfect formula. Wanna Cook? is the primer for how those books should be written. --Glenn Walker, BIFF BAM POP

About the Author

Ensley F. Guffey is a historian of American popular culture, and he has published scholarly essays on Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, and Marvel's The Avengers. K. Dale Koontz is the author of Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon (McFarland, 2008) and teaches courses in areas as diverse as communications, film, theatre, and the law.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5988 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Myrmidon (1 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K2TDS26
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Awesome, amazing attention to detail and really adds something to each episode. So many things I would never have noticed if it had not been for this book but it increased my enjoyment of this series. I only picked this up towards the last 2 series so I will definitely watch the series again with this as my pre-episode companion, for maximum enjoyment.
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Dad loves it! A great present for any Breaking Bad fan who loves to analyse the heck out of the show.
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I wish my son would read it so I can borrow it and read it. Black and white book.
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Bought 2 of books as know fans of the programme - they now have an excuse to watch the whole series again!
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So a few months ago, after hearing nothing but praise for a TV show called Breaking Bad I watched the Pilot episode not knowing what to expect. Well, Breaking Bad then took over my life until I reached it's thrilling and final episode. I have honestly never enjoyed a TV series as much as this and even now, months later I am finding it hard to enjoy other shows as nothing compares to it. It definitely deserves all the praise it's getting thrown at it.

When I speak about it to people who haven't watched it and they ask me what it's about, I struggle with how to answer. When I read what it was about myself I was left wondering, 'Okay, is that it?'. A high school teacher learns he has cancer and so starts cooking meth with an ex-pupil to leave money behind for his family. It doesn't sound like much on paper or said out loud but after just 60 seconds of the Pilot episode and I was hooked. Vince Gilligan is just a genius and the cast of this show is second to none. There isn't a single bad character, okay some of them are annoying at times but overall the acting from each and every character is fantastic.

I was bereft when I reached the final episode. I wanted to watch it so much but I didn't at the same time as I knew it signified the end. I've got the blu-ray box set which is full of extras and of course I can watch it again from the start but nothing beats watching it for the very first time and I am beyond envious at the people that are yet to do it. If you are one of those people that avoids something because it's popular or because everybody else can't shut up about it then don't, just watch it!

Upon reaching the end I searched for books about it and didn't really find anything that took my fancy.
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First off, this book is beautiful both inside and out, making it a perfect treat for yourself of your favorite Breaking Bad fan.

The writing is funny and really informative, every episode is broken down and explained without giving away and spoilers. The fact that it doesn't give spoilers is handy if you're someone who thinks they might want to watch breaking bad; you'll know what's happening but there will still be plenty of surprises.

It has surprised me how little I actually knew about breaking bad; I've gone from thinking I'd missed nothing to seeing that I'd managed to miss everything that wasn't plainly pointed out in the episodes! Wanna Cook explains the characters changes and behavior which highlights how much they change over the series, and it shows some motivations that I had missed! The book also really helpfully explains certain sayings and the science behind Breaking bad, it was difficult to understand some of the phrases and things that seemed like in jokes in Breaking Bad and since I didn't want to google 'How to make Meth' the book was helpful as it has probably kept me off the government watch list for googling such things!

I had no idea how poetic Breaking Bad was until I read Wanna Cook and I would recommend it to anyone who is either interested in or a devoted fan of Breaking Bad!
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As an unofficial companion to a popular TV series, this could easily have been a self-indulgent outpouring of appreciation and enthusiasm. Instead, it’s a balanced, informative, often amusing, and above-all deeply insightful analysis of what has become an entertainment phenomenon (hard to simply dismiss it as at TV show, once you’ve learned just how much has gone into every moment of every show.)

The episode studies are in easily digested chunks: a brief discussion of the episode itself, followed by “lab notes,” which are further broken down into: a highlight (one line); a “did you notice?” bullet-pointed list; a fascinating study of special filming techniques (quirkily named “shooting up.”); a quick study of the title, and how it fits the episode; and then a short section entitled: “special ingredients.” This usually gives deeper information about one of the episode’s key plot-points, for example: Walter’s culpability in Jane’s death; was it – legally or morally—actually murder?

A wonderful segment around the middle of the book contains an in-depth interview with Michael Slovis, director of photography for 44 episodes. There are also little sections called “What’s Cooking?” where a couple of pages are dedicated to one particular aspect of the show, such as the way fans view certain characters, and a little more about the wonderful (?!) Saul and his advertising.
Each series round-up ends with a body count, and a “beatdown” count; who killed how many, and who was beaten up by whom.
Overall then, this book is something every fan of Breaking Bad is going to want to read. It’s neatly presented, not full of potentially overwhelming blocks of text, has a friendly tone, and imparts information in a way that doesn’t sound condescending.
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