5 Fun Sci-Fi Inspired Cookbooks to Try this Summer
Dinner will be "Out of this World"
I have a passion for all things sci-fi, and that passion doesn't stop at the kitchen. When I first heard about the Babylon 5 cookbook, I kew I had to have it. I special ordered it from the UK as it was not available in the US. I had a blast experimenting with the dishes and my family enjoyed them as well. Since then, when I hear of a sci-fi inspired cookbook I just can't resist. Flipping through my Star Trek Cookbook I was inspired to write this lens. How many geeks out there may also share my strange collection of cookbooks. Read on to find the books that I have in my collection and my review on them, as well as my favorite recipes from each. If you have a Sci-fi cookbook that you don't see here please be sure to leave a comment in the guestbook. I am always looking to expand my collection.
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Dining on Babylon 5
This is the cookbook which started me in my fascination with Sci-fi inspired cooking. The stories that go along with the recipes are amusing and would be great for any Babylon 5 fan. But for those looking for some exciting new recipes to try, this book won't disappoint.
My first recipe made from this book was the Tweebles. My family loved it and still request it over a decade later. In the centauri section of the book there are quite a few recipes for alcoholic beverages that will appeal to the adult palate. They will make any of your geek friends well entertained when you serve them.
This book was never published in the US, so it may be a little challenging to find, but well worth it if you do!
Star Trek Cookbook
This cookbook is quite thick, full of stories and recipes. The recipes in here vary from ones I am not brave enough to try to one that I return to time and again. The Good Karma Lemon Lentil Soup is a great dish that is a hit anytime I entertain for a group that may have Vegetarian or Vegan guests. They don't even have to know where I got the recipe! The Cardassian Gakh with Yamok Sauce is another dish that I relish and make often. It is great as a side while entertaining or as an easy, but tasty meal when I am dining alone. There is such a variety of recipes here that you could have a feast with dishes that everyone can enjoy. Just be sure to serve some exotic fruits with it as they do in the show!
Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies
Wookie Cookies is the first of the Star Wars Cookbooks and unlike the Babylon 5 and Star Trek cookbooks is more geared toward the younger set. That is not to say that it is not a fun book, but even the name shows that it has a much lighter and child-friendly appeal. Of course, by now I had to buy it just to expand my collection of Sci-fi cookery books. At the time I didn't find myself compelled to make any of the recipes, but now that I am a mother to two young geeklings this book will be getting much more use.
Star Wars Cookbook II: Darth Malt
This is the second of the Star Wars cookbooks and is geared toward the younger fans as was the first book. The food is fun though, as even the adults will have a hard time resisting the urge to fight mock battles with their "Double Dogs." My favorite part of the book though is the Darth Maul Template that can be used to decorate cakes and such with the Sith's ugly mug.
Dr Who Cookbook
Well I can't make a person review of this book yet as I have just ordered my copy, but I don't have too high of hopes for it as a cookbook. As far as adding it to my collection and bringing it out as a conversation piece though, I must say I am eagerly awaiting it's arrival. The reviews on Amazon were not glowing, but it is from the 80's! I'm sure it will bring laughs to the table if nothing else. I will update this once my copy arrives.