"True Blood"-inspired cookbook arriving in bookstores

This image released by HBO shows, from left, Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, Carrie Preston as Arlene Fowler, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte in a scene from "True Blood." Recipes by Marcelle Bienvenu, inspired by the popular supernatural series, have been gathered in a book "True Blood: East, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps." (AP Photo/HBO)

"True Blood: East, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps," a cookbook with recipes by Marcelle Bienvenu.
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(CBS/AP) NEW ORLEANS - A cookbook inspired by "True Blood" is set to sink its teeth into bookshelves.

Cajun chef Marcelle Bienvenu has partnered with HBO to compile a collection of recipes inspired by the hit vampire drama, which stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard.

Pictures: Anna Paquin

The book includes recipes for such delicacies as blood-red beet bisque and sweet tea "bloodied" with pureed strawberries and raspberries.

"True Blood" is filmed partly in Louisiana and is set in the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The state's cuisine is often referenced in the series, where vampires and mortals mingle over bowls of okra gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice - often at Merlotte's Bar and Grill.

The cookbook, "True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps," is being released in bookstores on Wednesday, shortly after Sunday's broadcast of the show's fifth-season finale.

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