BySimon Rune Knudsen, writer at Creators.co
A level 110 tryhard Meepo picker enthusiastic about dad rock, Warhammer 40k and weird beers.
Simon Rune Knudsen

Christmas is sneaking up on us once again, and if you're anything like me, you are less prepared than World of Warcraft gamers were prior to the release of The Burning Crusade. Luckily, you do not have to worry about coming up with creative gift ideas this year—we got you covered.

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The Pokémon Cookbook by Maki Kudo is the universal gift for both your 5-year-old nephew and your loving friend. It's a win-win really, since your nephew's parents will love you, as the book just introduced their picky child to broccoli through a Pokémon disguise, and your friend is probably going to cook you some kind of free meal to show off his gratitude and culinary skill.

Eat Your Favorite Pokémon

High gastronomy: Sausages with faces and potatoes. [Credit: Viz Media]
High gastronomy: Sausages with faces and potatoes. [Credit: Viz Media]

The book has 35 dishes, all of which look like Pokémon—though how striking the resemblance will be depends on your cooking skills. It seems a bit strange and sadistic to eat the precious creatures you've been collecting for so long, but on the other hand that's just life for fictional beings, and children don't think too much about stuff like that anyway.

The easier dishes include the Diglett Potato Field (above), where halved sausages make up the weird earth Pokémon's head, and Pokéball Sushi, in which cooked rice in white and red is separated and wrapped tightly in a maki roll.

[Credit: Viz Media]
[Credit: Viz Media]

More difficult dishes are the ones where you actually have to mold a Pokémon out of dough or meat, like the Meowth Mashed Potatoes (look at his tiny cauliflower arms though!) and the Buneary Mini Hamburgers pictured above.

It's no secret that a lot of work has to be put into these dishes if they're to look anything like the pictures. A quick Google search will also tell you, that not all people reviewing this book have been happy with how their food ended up looking.

Pikachu, is that you? [Credit: Destructoid]
Pikachu, is that you? [Credit: Destructoid]

Good thing you have the holidays to practice, and probably a rising need to get some time away from your talkative aunt Betty.

Do you have any ideas for a Pokémon dish of your own? Let us know in the comments!

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