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Star Trek Cookbook: The Official Cookbook from Star Trek's first chef! An Exploration of Star Trek's cuisine for the Earthbound by Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes

Logical Insight Report Card Grade: A
Reviewed by Laura

Greetings Star Trekkers and Non-Trekkers! Fancy some intergalactic food? Beam on up!

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Transport into the pages of this book and you’ll find delightful treasures from Star Trek: The Original Series to Deep Space Nine. There is a quirky Foreward by Quark and an interesting Introduction by Neelix. The book is also peppered with an enticing array of photographs from the shows.

While the subtitle of this book is mostly self explanatory, I’ll delve into the book a little further to give you an idea of the fine treats and delicacies that await your adventuresome hands to make celestial feasts. Now would be the perfect time for a cuppa Hot Tranya!

The Table of Contents is organized by show featuring recipes from the inhabitants. Here is a sampling: Vulcan Apple Pastry, Dr. McCoy’s Tennessee Smoke Baked Beans, Hrothgar’s Leg of Elk, Deep-Fried Blue Tashmanian Spiders, Cellular Peptide Cake with Mint Frosting, Mushroom-and-Pepper Ratamba Stew, and even a recipe from Data for Cats (Mee-owwww!): Cat Food #219, Subroutine. To see some of the book’s recipes in action, check out my Star Trek Themed Christmas Dinner.

There are a cornucopia of recipes (beverage and food) from Quark’s bar such as Puree of Beetle, Millipede Juice, Stardrifter, Andorian Ale, Saurian Brandy, Klingon Bloodwine, and Slug Liver, mercy!

On that note, one time I asked my boss if he’d like a drink of blood (while I was holding a styrofoam cup of plant blood, known as chlorophyll [it’s the color of Vulcan blood] and yes, I do drink that at times.) He was mystified until I explained what it was. In retrospect, I should have told him: Drink up, resistance is futile!

Ah yes, I mustn’t forget Finagle’s Folly and McCoy’s Mint Julep!

Not to worry, there are plenty of “normal” recipes in this book (for those who find the others highly illogical!) Also included are fascinating (just ask Spock!) anecdotes and history for the recipes.

Meat-lovers and vegetarians, explore away! See ya in the other universe!