An exploration of the best grub in Black Spire from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Ever since the opening of Galaxy’s Edge in both California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World, Star Wars fans across the world have dreamed about stepping foot onto the fabled stones of Batuu. Innumerable pictures and videos of the land have spread far and wide across blogs, timelines, and group chats, and every prospective visitor has been able to fantasize about their own dream trip to one of the most important creations in the history of the franchise.
What will I see?
What will I do?
What will I buy?
The preparation necessary for such a potentially life changing experience can be truly daunting, and with so many factors to consider, fans have been eagerly searching for any and all information available to ease that burden. Thankfully, the folks over at Insight Editions have recently published a new book that will help answer at least one of those essential inquiries:
What will I eat?
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook from Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Marc Sumerak is here to answer that exact question by offering readers a chance to experience the exotic cuisine of the Disney park right in the comfort of their own kitchen.
Upon first opening The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, you’ll notice one very important detail that sets it apart from other books of its kind. This cookbook has a narrator. If you’ve been fortunate enough to read Delilah Dawson’s Black Spire or Zoraida Córdova’s A Crash of Fate, you may remember a certain Artiodac named Strono Tuggs, or “Cookie.” Cookie acts as our guide through the various spices, dips, drinks, and more by not only laying out the ingredients necessary to compose these concoctions, but also offering backstory and fun facts about every dish in the book.
That’s right. Every. Single. One.
Marc Sumerak tackles these narration duties while Chelsea Monro-Cassel is responsible for the heart of the recipes themselves. As someone who doesn’t profess to be any kind of master where the kitchen is concerned, I found Sumerak’s writing of Cookie to be remarkably enjoyable and honestly enticing. The introduction of the book takes you through Cookie’s culinary career from his time at Maz’s castle (another reason to go rewatch The Force Awakens) to serving salads on Savareen and desserts on D’Qar. Cookie’s reverence for cooking that he picked up from the holovids of the ancient chef Gormaanda, fictional though it may be, really put me at ease as I began to flip through the actual recipes.
I wasn’t just going through a list of dishes that I may not be able to make; I was becoming a part of Cookie’s story. How cool is that?
For folks that may not have experienced Black Spire Outpost either in person or within the novels, Sumerak does an excellent job describing the various stalls and restaurants after Cookie’s introduction. Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo, Ronto Roasters, Oga’s Cantina, The Milk Stand, and Kat Saka’s Kettle all get their due through the eyes of the Artiodac, and before I even dived into the first recipe, my mouth was already watering.
But then, of course, come the stars of the show: the actual food that you’ll be preparing in the style of Galaxy’s Edge. As stated above, I was a bit nervous about voyaging into the culinary galaxy of Strono Tuggs, but luckily, the layout of The Black Spire Outpost Official Cookbook is easy to follow, gorgeous to look at, and exceedingly entertaining.
The recipes are laid out into seven categories, and each division has its own unique charm that adds to both the experience of reading the book and the process of preparing the actual food. When you turn to a specific recipe, you’ll be greeted by a paragraph of narration and stories from Cookie geared towards your chosen item, and then you’re off to the races. Each entry features Prep Time, Yield, and Difficulty so you can properly assess what kind of night you’re about to have regardless of your previous experience in the kitchen.
Here are a few of my favorite facts from each section of Cookie’s expertise as well as some recipe previews.
Once you’ve made your way through every recipe, Cookie leaves you with one more gift that may not be quite as popular on Batuu as it is on Earth: Dietary Restrictions. At the back of the book, there’s a marvelously helpful table that tells you which recipes are Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, or can be easily made with substitutes that are. This type of inclusion will ensure that you can enjoy your homemade voyage to Galaxy’s Edge no matter what!
If you’re not able to make the trip out to Batuu, yourself, or if you’re simply hoping to get a little practice in before you step through the fabled gates of Black Spire, you can’t go wrong trying out some of Cookie’s favorites in The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook. Monroe-Cassel, Sumerak, and Thomas have compiled a book that is informative, entertaining, and beautifully immersive that will keep your personal hyperdrive fueled for years to come.
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