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Star Trek Cookbook
     

Star Trek Cookbook

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by Ethan Phillips, William J. Birnes
 

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A fun, easy to use, and indispensable guide to the food of the stars: The Star Trek Cookbook!

Is there one food that humans, Klingons, Bajorans, and Vulcans would like? If so, what would it taste like? How would you prepare it? Could you find all the ingredients locally?

This is the task that faces Neelix, chef for the U.S.S.

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A fun, easy to use, and indispensable guide to the food of the stars: The Star Trek Cookbook!

Is there one food that humans, Klingons, Bajorans, and Vulcans would like? If so, what would it taste like? How would you prepare it? Could you find all the ingredients locally?

This is the task that faces Neelix, chef for the U.S.S. Voyager™, every time he takes on the challenge of trying to feed its crew of 140 food critics. But over the course of their journey, Neelix's learned a few tricks of the trade. He had to, just as a matter of self-preservation.

Ethan Phillips, in the persona of Neelix, and William J. Birnes, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Day After Roswell, throw wide the vaults of interstellar haute cuisine, revealing for the first time the secret preparation techniques behind all those exotic dishes and drinks. The favorite foods of characters from every Star Trek series and movie are here, all adapted for easy use in twentieth-century kitchens. The Star Trek Cookbook also features a complete guide for whipping up the all the drinks served at Quark's.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671000226
Publisher:
Pocket Books/Star Trek
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Star Trek Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
245,615
Product dimensions:
7.37(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.70(d)

Read an Excerpt

From Chapter One: The Crew of the U.S.S. Voyager

Chief Cook and Morale Officer

Straightening out what would become my galley and organizing the pots, pans, and various utensils, I knew that I must take Captain Janeway's admonitions to heart. I would be assiduous in my assignment. The crew's needs were my needs. I would live to serve — meals, that is.

But before I could begin preparing the dishes the crew would love, I needed to understand more about them, about what they liked to eat. So I decided to conduct a series of interviews, a kind of "away mission" to each crew member's palate. On this journey I came to learn many things, not only about the crew's tastes in food and things like traditional holiday meals and the concept of comfort food, but also about the crew as individuals. They shared with me their hobbies and hopes, their peccadilloes and pet peeves, their noble and varied reasons for being in Starfleet or the Maquis, and a little more than I wanted to know about different gastrointestinal ailments. It was an illuminating experience that I would later draw upon in many ways. As a chef, I could surprise them with a taste of home tucked away inside some alien morsel. And as morale officer, I now knew a little bit more about them, which would help me reach out in a personal way when they needed support and kindness. All in all, it was an inspiriting, stimulating, and very productive mission.

Garret Wang's Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

My character, Ensign Kim, loves twentieth-century Earth cuisine. It's fortunate for me that I like it, too. This is one of my favorite recipes because it combines my favorite spinach rotelle with sun-dried tomatoes (I like the imported kind for a treat every once in a blue moon) and fresh chicken breasts. This is a light dish that also makes a great luncheon entreé on a buffet table. Serves approximately four.

1 16-ounce package spinach or multicolored rotelle pasta (largest size)

2 to 3 boneless chicken breasts (skinless is optional)

16 ounces pesto sauce (packaged, from the refrigerator section of supermarket)

6-ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil

2 tablespoons virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons garlic powder or 3 cloves garlic, crushed

salt and pepper to taste

grated Romano cheese, if desired

While pasta is cooking in boiling water, slice chicken breasts into long bite-sized pieces. Coat the cooking surface of a 12-inch skillet with olive oil, add garlic powder or crushed garlic cloves, and heat. When pasta is done, drain and set aside. Cook sliced chicken in the olive oil and garlic over medium heat, turning frequently until chicken pieces just turn brown. Do not burn. Drain sun-dried tomatoes and slice into thin lengthwise pieces. Combine pasta, cooked chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto sauce in a large mixing bowl or salad bowl. Toss thoroughly, cover lightly, and place in refrigerator. Serve well chilled. You may add some more olive oil and Romano cheese. This dish goes very well with a pinot grigio or Soave.

Ensign Kim's Rice Noodles in Milk

It didn't take me long to figure out that Ensign Kim is more of a nosher than an eater, but he goes for this dish in a big way. The noodles I use are actually slivered and pressed wokky intestines, and the "milk" is sap from the Pyrinthian blacto weed. Mr. Kim is not aware of this. In your galley, you can prepare a 16-ounce package of store-bought rice noodles from the Asian-foods section of your supermarket or any Asian-foods specialty store according to the package instructions. Drain, remove the portion you want to use, then refrigerate the rest.

In a microwavable bowl, add the noodles you want to use, enough milk (skim, reduced fat, or whole) to cover the noodles completely, a small pat of butter (optional), and maybe a dash of garlic salt, and heat on high in your microwave for a minute. Test to see if it is heated through, and if not heat for another 15 seconds, making sure that the milk doesn't boil over or form a skin. You can also serve with cinnamon instead of garlic salt.

Moo-Goo Ngow

Another recipe I prepare for Harry is Moo-Goo Ngow, my variation of a traditional Asian dish.

1 minced garlic clove

3 tablespoons cooking oil

1 1/2 pounds round steak, cut in small pieces

3 tablespoons chopped onion

1 1/2 cups beef bouillon

1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced

5 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons water

Heat the oil in a large frying pan or, better, a wok or electric wok, until it's hot; then add garlic. Reduce heat and sauté about 2 minutes. Remove garlic. Add the steak and onion and sauté over an easy flame, stirring constantly until the meat is brown. Add the broth and mushrooms, and cook gently for 10 minutes. Make a thin paste by combining the soy sauce, water, and cornstarch; let it thicken for about a minute, then pour it over the stir-fried meat and mix it in. Keep stirring until the liquid thickens up. Serve meat and sauce over rice. Serves 4. Wow!

Copyright © 1999 by Paramount Pictures

Meet the Author

Ethan Phillips was born into a restaurant family. His father was the owner of the famous New York steak house Frankie and Johnnie's, which still serves up the most delicious sirloin in all of Manhattan. Striking out on his own, Ethan, who plays Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager®, became an actor as well as the author of the play Penguin Blues published by Samuel French. He has acted in many of the major regional theaters across the country as well as on and off Broadway, and has appeared in many television shows including Star Trek: The Next Generation,®, NYPD Blue, Chicago Hope, Murphy Brown, Law and Order, HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, as well as playing "Pete" for five seasons on Benson. His feature films include Jeffrey, Civil Action, For Richer or Poorer, Greencard, The Shadow, Lean on Me, Wagons East, and Man Without a Face, among others. Ethan acts, writes, cooks, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Patty, an artist.

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Star Trek Cookbook 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift and I absolutely love it. Some of the recipes are difficult because they have very exotic ingredients, but most are terrific. I especially enjoy Robert Duncan McNeil's meatloaf and Marina Sirtis' Chocolate Raspberry Cake. I met Ethan Phillips at a convention last year and had him autograph my copy. A definite must-have for any Trek fan!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It's a staple in my kitchen, whenever I have time to prepare an elaborate dish for my fellow Trekkers. I like giving it as a gift to newlyweds too. Not all the ingredients are exotic, some are basic comfort foods like Silver Dollar Pancakes and tasty stews. There's even a Talaxian chilli made with black beans and raisins that I swear by. Get this cookbook, it's fun! If you can get it signed by Ethan Phillips, that'll make it even more valuable.
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