From the very beginning, Star Trek has been full of food references. In the second episode ever aired, Charlie X, the chef put meat loaf into the ovens but turkeys came out. In The Trouble With Tribbles, Captain Kirk found tribbles on his replicator tray instead of the chicken sandwich and coffee that he had ordered. Deanna Troi seemed to have a never-ending appetite for ice cream.
The Bajorans prepared a hot and spicy rolled up sandwich called Hasperat, and if you were in the mood for a sweet treat, you could try a jumja stick. The Cardassians loved their Yamok sauce, the Ferengi had a taste for Jellied gree-worms, the Klingons enjoyed Gagh, Rokeg blood pie, and Heart of targ washed down with Bloodwine, the Talaxians seemed to eat just about anything, and the Vulcans enjoyed a nice bowl of plomeek soup.
Wouldn’t you love to cook all of these foods at home, yourself? Well now you can! Rachel P. Kreiter wrote the eater.com article with the “troubling” name, which reviews two Star Trek cookbooks. The article is written for readers who aren’t Trekkies. She explains about the different Trek characters for those who haven’t seen the shows.
The foreword to the 2022 cookbook, by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, is written from the point of view of a Starfleet “Gastrodiplomat” lecturing a group of Starfleet Cadets in 2382. Each recipe includes some information about its planet of origin. For example, Kavarian Olive Oil is made from Kavarian olives, which are one of the favorite foods of the Kavarian tiger-bat. The cookbook is labeled as “Culinary Adventures in the Final Frontier.”
The foreword to the 1999 cookbook is written by Armin Shimerman (Quark), and the introduction is written by co-author Ethan Phillips (Neelix). Each one of the recipes comes from a different Star Trek actor or character, for example, Ensign Kim‘s Rice Noodles in Milk, Jeri Ryan‘s “Seven of Nine Steamed Chadre Kab,” and Leonard Nimoy‘s Kasha Varnishkas a la Vulcan.” The Amazon preview of the book shows its Table of Contents and its Index, so you can see the wide variety of foods available for you to concoct. The cookbook is labeled as “The official cookbook from Star Trek’s first chef! An exploration of Star Trek cuisine for the Earthbound.”
Now I know two books that will be added to my wish list in the near future. And I don’t know about you, but all this information about food is making me hungry!
Star Trek Cookbook (1999) at Amazon
The Star Trek Cookbook (2022) at Amazon
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1938 – Christopher Lloyd is born.
1946 – Richard McGonagle is born.
1954 – Kitty Swink is born.
1992 – The ashes of Gene Roddenberry are sent into space aboard the space shuttle Columbia during its start from Kennedy Space Center.
1918 – James Daly is born.
1935 – Bruce Mars is born.
1953 – Ira Steven Behr is born.
1994 – Robert Lansing dies.
1927 – John Winston is born.
1939 – F. Murray Abraham is born.
1942 – Biff Yeager is born.
1948 – James Whitmore, Jr. is born.
1954 – Karen Austin is born.
1957 – John Kassir is born.
1991 – Gene Roddenberry dies.
1909 – Whit Bissell is born.
1912 – Ed Reimers is born.
1940 – Rudolph Willrich is born.
1961 – Victor A. Haddox is born.
1971 – Anthony Rapp is born.
1973 – Seth MacFarlane is born.
1950 – James L. Conway is born.
1953 – Robert Picardo is born.
1955 – Michael Shamus Wiles is born.
1964 – Robert Hewitt Wolfe is born.
2002 – Larry Dobkin dies.
2010 – Robert Ellenstein dies.
2020 – Leanza Cornett dies.
2021 – PRO: “Lost and Found” airs. Series premiere.
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