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Author(s): Mary Ann Piccard
Publisher: Bantam Books
Pages: 203
Reference(s): ISBN 0553118196 (paperback)

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
Enjoy! A galaxy of Star Trek recipes... over 100 favorites of the starship Enterprise... tempting, exotic snacks... delicious main dishes... luscious desserts. From the farthest reaches of the Federation... mouth-watering meals... special recipes of Romulans and Klingons... favorites of Kirk, Spock, Montgomery Scott, McCoy... and the rest of the crew!!!
Everything you need to serve quick, simple delicious meals in the Star Trek style!

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.

Like the Star Fleet Technical Manual, this work is framed as 23rd century information (in this case, Christine Chapel's personal recipe notebook) accidentally leaked to the 20th century. The recipes are generally for Terran ethnic food, albeit in some cases tweaked a bit to suggest non-Terran cultures. The introduction includes what is purportedly a food synthesizer algorithm for Dr. McCoy's favorite dish; in fact, it is FORTRAN source code for a program that prints the message, "CHICKEN 3.14159 SKEPTIC."

The Klingon section is quite different from Klingon cuisine as presented in canonical sources; it also includes a description (but not a recipe) for a gelatin dish with bits of exceptionally pungent cheese floating in it, covered with a sauce described as resembling mint-flavored milk of magnesia.

The appendix consists of recipes the author had requested from various stars of the series; also included is a recipe for what is purportedly an approximation of Saurian brandy (essentially vodka, flavored with a mix of orange zest and maple syrup).

Contents Edit

  • Editors' Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Federation
  • Vulcan
  • The Romulans
  • The Klingons
  • Captain (James T.) Kirk
  • Mr. Spock
  • Dr. (Leonard H.) McCoy
  • Engineering Officer (Montgomery) Scott (Scotty)
  • Helmsman (Hikaru) Sulu
  • Lieutenant (Nyota) Uhura
  • Ensign (Pavel A.) Chekov
  • Nurse (Christine) Chapel (The book credits her for having written the manual)
  • Appendix
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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