CCC Instructor and Former Student Launching Book, Wanna Cook? The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad

(Shelby, NC) – Cleveland Community College communication instructor, K. Dale Koontz and former Cleveland Community College student, Ensley F. Guffey are set to launch their book, Wanna Cook? The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at Fireside Books & Gifts located in Uptown Shelby.

According to the authors, Wanna Cook? provides an accessible, in-depth, and critical look in to AMC’s award-winning series. Each of the 5 seasons of Breaking Bad is explored with analyses of the individual episodes, and how the episodes fit into larger, ongoing story-lines. In addition, details of the settings, scenes, camerawork, cast, crew, music, and storytelling for each episode are expanded upon in a “Lab Notes” section, and brief essays highlighting certain aspects of each episode are featured as “Special Ingredients.” Between each season, longer essays are presented which pull out the larger themes of the series, including the roles of violence, place, self-change, legal ethics, and fan reactions. Carefully constructed to be enjoyed by both those who have watched the series multiple times, or new viewers watching for the first time, Wanna Cook? elucidates without spoiling and illuminates without nit-picking. Both casual fans and devoted scholars of Breaking Bad will find Wanna Cook? The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad a must have for their collection.

About the authors:

Ensley F. Guffey is a native of Cleveland County and 2010 graduate of Cleveland Community College. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in history at UNC-Greensboro in 2012 and will receive his Master’s degree in American history from East Tennessee State University in May 2014. Ensley has presented papers at regional, national, and international academic conferences on topics ranging from Samuel Colt to Breaking Bad, and he has published peer-reviewed scholarly essays on Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, and Marvel’s the Avengers.

K. Dale Koontz (she continues to use her maiden name as her nom de plume since she was published before she was married) teaches communication at Cleveland Community College. She received her J.D. from Wake Forest University and is licensed to practice law in both the state and federal courts of North Carolina. Koontz is the author of Faith & Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon (McFarland 2008) which explores themes of redemption and consequences in Whedon’s work. Her work can also be found in Buffy in the Classroom (McFarland 2010) and Reading Joss Whedon (Syracuse U P 2014). Koontz was a keynote speaker at the fourth Slayage conference and she has presented widely on varied aspects of Whedon’s work with presentations on topics ranging from the origins of Buffy Summers as found in Kitty Pryde of Marvel’s X-Men to the links between Karol Čapek’s R.U.R. and the Dollhouse’s Rossum Corporation. Due to her immersion in Whedon’s works, she thought she was ready for conflicted, often-dark, central characters, but Breaking Bad goes to a whole new level.

In 2013, Ensley and Dale co-convened the Joss in June academic conference on the works of Joss, a conference that attracted scholars from as far away as Colorado, New York, and California. The conference was so popular that Ensley and Dale were asked to serve as guest editors of Slayage, which is the peer-reviewed journal of the Whedon Studies Association and they have been hard at work on that project. The Joss in June special issue should be out around the time of the sixth biennial Slayage conference in late June, where both Ensley and Dale are scheduled to present on the nuts and bolts of convening a national conference.

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Supporting blogs for Wanna Cook?

Ensley writes “Meth Monday” at

Dale writes “Walter White Wednesday” at


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