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"I cooked my way through Julia Child's cookbook, and I'm halfway through the Twilight Cookbook. I just made Edward Cullen's Cornflake Chicken."

— Kevin Malone from "The Office"

It might have sounded like a joke, but it's real. Fans of the "Twilight" series have T-shirts, bumper stickers and jewelry, so why not a cookbook?

"Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook" is a book written by a fan for fans.

The recipe names are sometimes corny — "Bite Bella Bagel Bites." And the recipes are sometimes less than thrilling — like a taco soup made with ground beef and a package of taco seasoning.

But, overall, "Twilight" fans looking for an extra fix of Bella, Edward and Jacob, will likely appreciate the book.

Where the book shines is in its ideas for "Twilight" party planning, trivia games and movie cast lists. These are the nuggets fans will love.

Though several pages are directed toward teens, the book oddly has nearly 20 pages of "Twilight"-themed cocktail recipes. These adult-only recipes would be fine for a grown-up "Eclipse" pre-party.

"Love at First Bite" can be purchased online through Amazon.

TWILIGHT CHOCOLATE CAKE2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

2/3 cup cocoa

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/4 cups water

3/4 cup shortening

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl, and blend with an electric mixer on low speed for a minute. Increase to high speed and mix an additional 3 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of bowl occasionally to make sure all the ingredients have been mixed well. Pour the batter into the pans.3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Top with Midnight Frosting.MIDNIGHT FROSTING1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup corn syrup

2 tablespoons water

2 egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract1. Place sugar, syrup and water in a saucepan. Cover the saucepan, and boil over medium heat. Mixture should boil in about 4 minutes.2. As the mixture boils, beat egg whites until stiff. Pour mixture from saucepan slowly into egg whites, beating constantly with electric mixer on medium speed. Add vanilla extract while beating.

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