“I am not in danger . . . I am the danger.” With those words, Breaking Bad’s Walter White solidified himself as TV’s greatest antihero. Wanna Cook? explores the most critically lauded series on television with analyses of the individual episodes and ongoing storylines. From details like stark settings, intricate camerawork, and jarring music to the larger themes, including the roles of violence, place, self-change, legal ethics, and fan reactions, this companion book is perfect for those diehards who have watched the Emmy Award–winning series multiple times as well as for new viewers. Wanna Cook? elucidates without spoiling, and illuminates without nit-picking. A must-have for any fan’s collection.
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 and teaches courses in areas as diverse as communications, film, theatre, and the law. Both authors live in Shelby, North Carolina.
Published: May 2014
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.
“This 'unofficial' companion book is essential for fans of Breaking Bad and for those who want to learn more about what some have called the 'greatest television show.'” — Library Journal
"Wanna Cook? succeeds in no small part by being not only an excellent guide to fans of the show, but also a well-researched, authoritative and most importantly, entertaining re-examination of one of the best shows in the history of television." — Forces of Geek
"The Only Guide You Will Ever Need… Reading through the book, which grabbed me like a fiction bestseller, I constantly felt the need to pull out my DVDs and watch again as I read. This is literally a companion guide that needs to go right next to your complete series, and be thumbed through, bookmarked and read as you view the show. Wanna Cook? is an interactive treasure you will read again and again, just like the show requires multiple viewings… I cannot recommend this book enough." — Biff Bam Pop!