Wanna Cook?: The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad
I have a soft spot for unofficial companion books. It seemed like there were dozens of them for The X-Files alone, parsing the myriad plot threads, historical references, conspiracy theories, and dubious application of science. They’re perfect for shows that occasionally skirt scientific accuracy for the sake of quality entertainment.
But few of those companion books were as comprehensive, as well-written, and as satisfying as Wanna Cook?: The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad. Guffey and Koontz tackle plot analysis, shot composition, narrative, and realism, all without losing the humor or intensity of the show itself. Whether they’re compiling favorite quotes, highlighting key character moments, or exploring the science of various schemes and sequences, their enthusiasm and affection for the show is unflaggingly sincere.
More tellingly, a newcomer to the show can read the episode synopses sequentially without being spoiled, since they only discuss the given episode and what’s come before. (Only the interstitial essays discuss future events, some of them brilliantly and with great insight.)
It’s hard to imagine an official companion to the show could be as detailed and as well-constructed as Wanna Cook? This is perfect for diehard fans and new viewers alike.
Ensley F. Guffey, K. Dale Koontz