A very enjoyable cookbook, with some great recipes and interesting tidbits of Star Trek universe alien culture. Admittedly, some ingredients will be harder to find (I have no idea where to find a mixed seaweed salad locally to make Pok Tar), but for the most part, the ingredients are pretty common and easy to obtain. I'm especially excited about making the Andorian Cabbage Soup, a smooth, cream-based red cabbage and potato soup that one turns from purple to blue with a pinch of baking soda! Yay science and chemical reactions!
As for the standard cookbook stuff (aside from ingredient availability), each recipe includes a photo of the finished dish, and includes serving and plating suggestions. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, though I admit to having some questions that honestly are way more likely to be a failing on my part rather than the author's. I do wish nutrition information was included; I really think this is something that should be standard to all cookbooks, so many people have dietary concerns it just makes sense to include it.
Overall, a thoughtfully put-together collection of recipes (that seriously all sound delicious) and Star Trek lore that will be a welcome addition to any Trekkie/Trekker's cookbook shelf, and wouldn't be out-of-place in a non-geek kitchen.
The Star Trek Cookbook is fun to read and look at but as a practical cookbook? They were less than stellar. Fun gift.
Thank you to Gallery Books, the author, and NetGalley for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was released on September 20, 2022.
I’m extremely impressed by the cookability of The Star Trek Cookbook, especially when compared to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook (which is a bit funny to me, considering they’re from the same author). Don’t get me wrong; I love my Star Wars cookbook, but it’s really only something that I’d whip out for a special occasion, like May 4th or a marathon. The Star Trek Cookbook has quite a few recipes that I could see making it into the (admittedly long) meal rotation in my house.
I actually only cooked one recipe from this book—the Bajoran Chadre’kab, which is roasted vegetables with polenta; we were a bit split on whether the vegetables needed more flavor or not, so I did sprinkle a bit more balsamic with mine. We chose beets, eggplant, and onion to roast, and they needed a bit longer than 20 minutes in the oven. And I took a long look at many of the other dishes and have written down several to try at a later time, including Rokeg Blood Pie, Gagh, and the Cream of Leola Soup. Klingon Bloodwine might make an appearance this Christmas, too!
The feature of this cookbook that I liked the most, however, was the little description preceding every recipe that explained which series it was from, which alien culture, and a bit about its in-universe history and uses. It’s just so fun from a fannish perspective! The other information provided, regarding difficulty, prep and cook time, serving sizes, and parings with other recipes in the book—as well as which it may be used in—is fantastic, too. The entire thing is so well-organized and conceived, and ultimately it’s a gorgeous and, most importantly, useable cookbook for fans and non-fans alike!
I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. This cookbook has some bizarre names for the recipes in it but is otherwise a normal cookbook. Great for the Star Trek fan in your life.
I have at times been disappointed by some cookbooks based on popular TV shows, books, or movies due to not having food that actually feels like it comes from that world, but instead just having food items with cleverly titled names, but no connection to the franchise itself. The Star Trek Cook Book by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, however, truly feels immersive. Dishes are listed by the alien species whose planet originated the dish and it is explained that the earth ingredients are substitutions for hard to find off planet ones. Dishes included resemble those from a variety of earth cuisines and have a sprinkling of molecular gastronomy type techniques that give the dishes a futuristic feel like the Porakan Cloud Eggs which have you separating chicken eggs, beating the whites, and then combining them again when baked for a dish that “replicates the unique properties” of the Porakan variety. Large full color illustrations are included with each dish.
I’m planning to have a cocktail party with some of my Star Trek loving friends featuring Ferengi Tube Grub Skewers (don’t worry gnocchi stand in for grubs), Denobulan Sausages, and Klingon Krada Leg Skewers with libations including Klingon Bloodwine, Romulan Ale, and Risan Mai-Tais. My son is particularly looking forward to helping me with the Starfleet Food Rations, which are suspiciously similar to mochi candy.
Difficulty is cleverly measured in pips and the reader is given tips on what the recipe pairs well with as well as “diplomatic plating” suggestions. Definitely recommended for Star Trek fans, even those who aren’t usually fans of cooking will smile over recipes like Spatchcocked Tribble. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for access to an early copy.
While a super fun and imaginative treatise on gastronomy from the 23rd century, the recipes are mostly out of this world niche and require near galactic-level ingredients. In short, I won’t be making many, but it did give me a grin or two.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my free copy.
This is SO cool! A cookbook of recipes from across the entire galaxy, from Romulan Ale to the infamous Rokeg Blood Pie, this is explores the great culinary traditions of the Star Trek universe in fun detail. Though the ingredients and techniques are cleverly adapted for Terran readers, fascinating histories of the origins of each dish are included. Readers can truly immerse themselves in the food and culture of this world and have a great time doing it! A must for any Star Trek fan or adventurous home cook!
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
There were a ton of recipes, but not a lot that I would make, though I do like that the author did not forget to include Early Gray Tea. No Star Trek book is complete without that.
Anyone who grew up watching Star Trek there were always brightly colored foods as well as amazing looking dessert and drinks. Who would say no to reviewing a Star Trek cookbook in hopes finding those recipes.
Suprise this book is more than just a cookbook it is also filled with the different actors' favorite recipes, prop foods and food that can be found in the different Star Trek series from Next Generation to Picard and Voyager the original star trek series.
This book is perfect as a cookbook or even a coffee table for those Trekkie fans,
Thank you to Netgalley or the advance copy The Star Trek Cookbook.
I was probably the wrong person to give this book to. I am not a huge Star Trek fan and most of the comments meant nothing to me. However, I loved the format. I am assuming that the comments will please the Star Trek aficionados, and the recipes match what was in the movies and television shows. There were quite a few recipes that actually looked appealing to non-Trekie me and would be fun to serve in the middle of a regular meal. My one complaint is that some of the ingredients might be a little tricky to find in a regular grocery stores.
A fun cookbook with some interesting recipes for fans of the Star Trek. The recipes look unique and strange but very fun! I probably wouldn't make those at home but I would love to visit a restaurant that serves these cool dishes. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
So disappointing! I was really hoping for a modern update to the original Trek cookbook, which included both in-universe recipes and recipes solicited from the actors of various Trek shows, interspersed with notes on how prop foods were made on the various shows. This book doesn’t even have cellular peptide cake (with mint frosting)!
This was a well thought out cookbook for any Star Trek fan. Each recipe is inspired by a specific series and the source and culture are named. It's super creative and fun. It's also helpful that there is a difficulty level and preparation time included. It includes starters, soups, breads, main meals as well as deserts. I think for anyone outside the fandom some of the dishes might seems a bit weird looking but there are really great visuals in this book and it's fun to just flip through as well. There is even a drinks menu with recipes for Klingon Bloodwine and Icoberry Spritzer to name a few. Most of the different franchises are represented as well as some of the novels in the series. Also most of the ingredients are not very difficult to find. I think even if you are not a fan of Star Trek the recipes are still delicious and worth a try.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for my honest review.
This is a cool idea for a cookbook since it seems like a ton of shows have their own cookbooks now, but I didn't find most of it to be appetizing.
I am absolutely enthralled by this author’s take on cookbook themes and visuals! There were not only pictures with every recipe, but the pictures of the food were taken in new and dynamic ways (honestly considering this IS a Star Trek themed cook book I’m thrilled that the recipes matched the pictures new space-aged futuristic spin on food). I haven’t made many recipes so far, but what I’ve made is flavorful— such as the Argelian Coleslaw. You will for sure be transported to space with this Star Trek Cookbook. I’m definitely going to throw a Star Trek themed dinner party because of it!
This cookbook is a must for fans of Star Trek. Now I am not the fan in our household but I thought it would be a fun book to have to create a fun meal for a Star Trek movie night.
Many of the recipes are inspired by different episodes or even places on the series. The recipes list the source, which is which series it is from and the culture it comes from. There's beautiful pictures which comes in handy when you see a recipe called Greenbread. There are suggestions of what the recipe pairs well with. Some of these recipes are definitely from outer space. They have bright wild colors that we aren't use to eating.
Curiosity might get the best of me and I might have to make some of these soon.
I'm always really impressed with the creativity, research, and thought that goes into cook books based on literary foods, especially foods that don't exist in our world. And this is one of those cookbooks.
I'm thankful every recipe had a colorful photo because many of the recipes have the fictional name of something that has no "Earthly" equivalent and if it didn't, I'd be forced to read every ingredient and how it's prepared to figure out exactly what I'm making.
A must have for any Star Trek fan. It's colorful, fun, and creative. Most of the recipes seem relatively quick and easy. I plan on making some of the boozy recipes because those all sounded delicious.
Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this cookbook in exchange for an honest review.
Very colorful, imaginative cookbook based on all the Star Trek canon. Recipes are interesting with commonly available ingredients. Fun for fans of the series. I will definitely be trying some of thes.
A cookbook made for Trekkies (and more casual Star Trek fans)! Full of recipes inspired by the Star Trek universe, this cookbook has tons of interesting sounding recipes from soups to dinners to desserts (and more). Each recipe is accompanied by a description of how it fits into this world (so like Romulan Flatbread talks about how the Romulans ate the flatbread, etc.). I also really enjoyed that every recipe had an accompanying photo. Not all cookbooks do this, so I really appreciate the ones that do.