The Mean Girls Cookbook Is Finally Out, and Fetch-uccine Alfredo Is SO Going to Happen
The thing about Mean Girls is that it's relevant every day, every year, despite the fact that it was released in 2004. So when Jonathan Bennett — aka Aaron Samuels — thought about making a themed cookbook more than a decade later, the idea wasn't so crazy. And on Oct. 3 (Mean Girls Day, naturally), The Burn Cookbook: A Parody (Real Recipes to Feed Your Inner Plastic) ($17) was released into the world as quickly as Cady Heron was thrown into North Shore High.
Make no mistake — this is a parody cookbook and is not intended for the seasoned chef, but rather for the ultimate Mean Girls fans, who can quote nearly every line of the movie and love a good happy hour (which, remember, is from 4 to 6). The 160-plus pages are filled with recipes and descriptions that will genuinely make you laugh out loud — each one a more perfect pun than the last. A few of my personal favorites include:
- Fetch-uccine Alfredo
- Gretchen's Wieners
- White Gold Hoops (which are onion rings, LOL)
- Cheese and Crackers For Eight People
- Regulation Hottie Toddy
- Just Stab Caesar Salad
- She Asked Me How to Spell Orange Chicken
- Cake Made of Rainbows and Smiles
POPSUGAR spoke to Jonathan about the cookbook and how he was inspired by the idea in the first place. He said, "I was sitting with my friend Marie, and she makes guacamole. And she put in pomegranate seeds and apple, and she's like, 'Try this. I make it all the time.' And I tried it, and she's like, 'See. It's so good, right? It's not regular guac. It's cool guac.' A light bulb went off. I was like, 'What did you just say?' She's like, 'It's not regular guac. It's cool guac.' I was like, 'Oh my God.' And it was just like boom. We have to make a book."
"It's so f*cking good. I'm so proud of it. I've never been more confident about anything."
Jonathan, who embraces the fact that he's forever Aaron Samuels and that his hair looks sexy pushed back, can't wait to share the clever book with fans, who will appreciate every detail. "It's so f*cking good. I'm so proud of it. I've never been more confident about anything," he said. Jonathan wrote the cookbook along with chef and Food Network host Nikki Martin, and the duo tried and tested countless pink recipes in the process. Bonus: Lacey Chabert, aka Gretchen Wieners, wrote the foreword.
In addition to the spot-on recipes, the book includes a DIY beauty mask, a workout, a throwback game of MASH, and a quiz that tells you which Plastic you are. Jonathan also included a few personal recipes that have a special place in his heart, like his mom's stuffed shells. "I've been a cook my whole life," he said. "I grew up with my mom, who worked and owned a catering company. And then when my mom passed away, I had all these recipes from her that I didn't want to go to waste. I wanted to make sure I carried them on so everyone could see them and use them."
Do you need to go shave your back now, or do you want to get a sneak peek at what's inside the Burn Cookbook? There's more than a 30 percent chance you're going to love it.