March 13, 2020 4 min read
You don’t have to be a master chef to create your own cannabis edibles. Once you get the hang of the basics like cannabutter and cannaoil, you’ll have a world of possibilities at your fingertips. With cookbooks from the family of Bob Marley, the founder of an edible company, a mixologist legend, and the editors at High Times magazine, you’ll be mastering these 420 recipes in no time. The cookbooks will guide you step by step, so you can create tasty meals, sweets, and drinks that will get you blazed. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, whip up a quick dish from one of these cannabis cookbooks.
Munchies is a website and video series dedicated to all things food and is one of the many divisions of the young-adult focused digital media company Vice. If you know anything about Vice, you know that the editors do not shy away from controversial or under the radar topics and have covered drugs and marijuana extensively, so naturally, a cannabis cookbook was fitting. Bong Appetit shares 65 high-end edible recipes spanning risotto, pizza, chimichurri sauce, infused drinks, and raspberry peach pie. The recipes are perfect for special occasions where stoners want to show off their more sophisticated side.
Cedella, the daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley, starts off her book with a beautiful introduction about her father, the role of weed in her family, and the health and spiritual benefits she has experienced from the plant. Her book takes your taste buds on a culinary journey to Jamaica with flavorful recipes from the Caribbean. The first two recipes in the book are the foundation of many kinds of edibles–cannaoil and cannabis-infused vanilla extract–which will be used throughout the rest of the book. Once you have these basics down you can try your luck at recreating some of the Marley family’s dishes like guava cream cheese banana muffins, fried dumplings, kale and hemp salad, or the special Marley family green juice. Cedella’s brother Ziggy released his own cookbook sharing his family’s recipes for those who want to experiment with Jamaican cuisine that’s ganja free.
From CBD cold brew to expertly crafted marijuana cocktails, combining cannabis and drinks is a growing trend. If you like to sip while you smoke, or rather sip instead of smoking, this book is for you! Warren Bobrow is a renowned mixologist who has his own bar programs and is the author of multiple books on the topic of craft spirits. It’s no wonder he’s nicknamed the Cocktail Whisperer. In addition to cocktail recipes like infused absinthe, this book helps you create cannabis-laced tonics, syrups, bitters, lemonaid, and more. If you want to put a new spin on the wake and bake, flip to the breakfast section for cannamilk coffee recipes and Vietnamese coffee with cannabis condensed milk.
No one knows the world of edibles more than Stephanie Hua, the founder of the popular edibles brand, Mellows. In her cookbook, she shares her cannabis dosing secrets so you can make bite-sized treats at home. Everyone from top chefs to those who are new to baking will be able to follow along and learn how to make edibles. Try your hand at a homemade Nutella (a pot version of course), roasted beet hummus, cannoli cups, or savory fried mac and cheese bites. The book describes at length how to choose the right bud for cooking, what terpenes are and how they come into play in baking, as well as a few tricks of the trade.
High Times is one of the biggest names in cannabis, due to their forward-thinking magazine and prestigious cannabis festival, the High Times Cannabis Cup, where judges announce the best marijuana strains and products of the year. The cookbook is just as impressive with dishes inspired by some of pot’s greatest celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Cheech and Chong. Begin your dive into edibles by creating your own cannabis-infused mayonnaise, marijuana flour, or your own homemade tinctures. The book is separated by course with dozens of appetizers, hearty entrees, sweets, and even specific holiday recipes like infused BBQ sauce for your next Fourth of July cookout.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Great, because this sugar-filled cookbook is all about candy and desserts! From simple no-bake chocolate weed cookies to more time consuming desserts like German coffee cake and red velvet brownies, there are recipes for every baking and experience level. This book is ideal for party desserts and making your own DIY edible gifts (just make sure to label the gift properly). For those who don’t want the psychoactive effects, Sanders’ recipes also work well with CBD and some sweets like the gummy bears are perfect for medicinal use such as those who are microdosing.
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