________________ CM . . . . Volume VI Number 10 . . . . January 21, 2000

cover The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes.

Robert Davies. Photographs by Frankie Frankeny.
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books (Distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books), 1998.
60 pp., cloth spiral bound, $22.95.
ISBN 0-8118-2184-6.

Subject Heading:
Cookery-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3 and up / Ages 8 and up.
Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4


Twin Sun Toast Tattooine is a hot dessert planet located in the outer reaches of the galaxy. It is home to young Luke Skywalker, who would sometimes gaze dreamily at the planet's twin suns.
image Campers might know Twin Sun Toast as Toad-in-the-hole, but, in The Star Wars Cookbook, it gets an "other world" twist with the eggs being doubled to recreate the twin sun's of Luke's home world. This breakfast item is just one of five possibilities for that morning meal. In addition, the cookbook presents seven main courses, seven desserts, six "snacks and sides" and four beverages. All of the items get an appropriate Star Wars name, and so one could dine on C-3PO Pancakes, Crazy Cantina Chili and Death Star Popcorn Balls, all to be washed down with Yoda Soda or Hoth Chocolate. As the cookbook is directed at young cooks, it begins with an "Introduction" that reviews kitchen and cooking safety rules, but in a most user friendly and non-patronizing way. One page of each pair of facing pages provides the recipe which lists the necessary ingredients and quantities in imperial measurements, and then clear, step-by-step preparation instructions are provided, plus an indication of the recipe's yield in terms of number of servings. The other facing page is a colour photograph of the finished food item placed in an appropriate Star Wars setting. For example, the pink Skywalker Smoothies have the Luke action figure, light saber in hand, suspended above the glasses while Princess Leia uses a stack of Princess Leia Danish Dos as a shield while she prepares to do battle with her enemies. The spiral binding allows the book to lie flat for easy use, and the heavy high gloss paper will resist the inevitable spills. Unfortunately, the review copy was missing some pages while other pages were significantly out of order. Hopefully, such is not the case with other copies.

Those planning sleepovers focused around renting the Star Wars videos can now continue the theme through their eating! Youth groups planning parties or camps with a space focus should also take a glance at The Star Wars Cookbook.


Dave Jenkinson is a former Cub and Scout leader who has spent many days at camp eating (and sometimes making) many of these items but under more prosaic names.

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