Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook (2021) – Jenn Fujikawa, and Marc Sumerak

A long time ago, in 1978, in a galaxy not so far away, many of us were scarred for life, by watching, with our indulging families, The Star Wars Holiday Special, an abomination that has never been re-aired, though it’s animated sequence introduced us to Boba Fett before he arrived in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, and featured our favorite characters shoe-horned into a too long special that embraced a bizarre variety show format.

Admitting you saw the show when it first aired is a bit of a badge of honor for some of us, though none of us really knew what we had watched. Now, decades later, what fans have really taken from it, aside from a healthy dose of cynicism towards holiday specials, is the concept of Life Day, the biggest holiday in the Star Wars universe.

And now, you can celebrate it in true style; cooking meals, baking treats, and stirring drinks, with Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook, available now!

Told through the eyes of Chef Strono ‘Cookie’ Tuggs, recently of Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana, the book, with gorgeous photography by Ted Thomas, the hard bound book contains some forty-eight recipes ranging in difficulty from the neophyte chef, to the culinary expert, and all of them are infused with a bit of uniqueness to inject it into the Star Wars universe, like bantha milk hot chocolate, or Crait crusted cod.

And if you really want to get into your Life Day celebrations, there are some guides at the end of the book to help you decorate and dress in proper style.

Each recipe is introduced by Cookie who gives you some context of where it came from in the galaxy, and its history within it, and there is bound to be something for every palette found here. Each recipe is broken down, as they should be, into ingredients and creation, and the end product is always designed to evoke a connection to that galaxy far, far away.

There are challenges aplenty in these pages for the Life Day party planner, or even something to give your terrestrial holidays a sci-fi bent, even if you’re the only one in the know.

Since COVID has hit, I’ve found that I like the occasional foray into the kitchen. I’m not overly skilled, but I enjoy it, and anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Star Wars, so this book seems perfectly suited for someone like me, and I know that I am not the only one.

This is a book that will allow you to cater to those you love, and show them that Life Day, despite it’s abominable beginnings back in 1978, is something worth celebrating. So hoist your bantha milk hot chocolate, slice up the eopie roast, and find something in Tuggs’ Life Day cook book to entertain, fill the belly, and enjoy the Force of the holidays.

The Star Wars Life Day Cook Book is available now! Check your local booksellers for the terrestrial imprint from Insight Editions! Enjoy Life Day and may the Force be with you…

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