While the book's grim dystopian plot does not instantly suggest baking options, Emily Ansara Barnes, author of "The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook," said she immediately got the idea for her culinary take while reading the first book. For instance, she was inspired by a scene in which pivotal character Peeta, the son of a baker, screws up an order so he can give an underfed Katniss the overdone results. "When I got to the part where Peeta burned the bread for Katniss, I thought, 'Wow, that bread sounds kind of good ... other than the burned part." Barnes' book, out now, boasts 150 recipes, from "Katniss' Favorite Lamb Stew" and "Rue's Roasted Parsnips" to "Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake." Barnes has been a big fan of the book series since first hearing about it from a friend's mother who's a school librarian. "She knew I was disappointed in a lot of recent YA literature, such as 'Twilight,' where the woman loses herself and gives up everything for a man," said Barnes. "Katniss always stays true to herself and does what's best for her — and, more importantly, her family — rather than what might make her romantic life easier." Plus, she loves a good stew.