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Take a bite out of Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, the inspiration for the hit Starz series, with this immersive official cookbook from OutlanderKitchen.com founder Theresa Carle-Sanders!   Claire Beauchamp Randall’s incredible journey from postwar Britain to eighteenth-century Scotland is a feast for all five senses, and taste is no exception Take a bite out of Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, the inspiration for the hit Starz series, with this immersive official cookbook from OutlanderKitchen.com founder Theresa Carle-Sanders!   Claire Beauchamp Randall’s incredible journey from postwar Britain to eighteenth-century Scotland is a feast for all five senses, and taste is no exception. From Claire’s first lonely bowl of porridge at Castle Leoch to the decadent roast beef served after her hasty wedding to Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, from gypsy stew and jam tarts to fried chicken and buttermilk drop biscuits, there are enough mouth-watering meals along the way to whet the appetite of even the most demanding palate.   Now professional chef and founder of OutlanderKitchen.com Theresa Carle-Sanders offers up this extraordinary cuisine for your table. Featuring more than one hundred recipes, Outlander Kitchen retells Claire and Jamie’s incredible story through the flavors of the Scottish Highlands and beyond. Following the high standards for prodigious research and boundless creativity set by Diana Gabaldon herself, Carle-Sanders draws on the events and characters of the novels to deliver delicious and inventive dishes that highlight local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Yet amateur chefs need not fear: These doable, delectable recipes have been updated for today’s modern kitchens. Here are just a few of the dishes that will keep the world of Outlander on your mind morning, noon, and nicht:   • Breakfast: Yeasted Buckwheat Pancakes; A Coddled Egg for Duncan; Bacon, Asparagus, and Wild Mushroom Omelette • Appetizers: Cheese Savories; Rolls with Pigeons and Truffles; Beer-Battered Corn Fritters • Soups & Stocks: Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Murphy’s Beef Broth; Drunken Mock-Turtle Soup • Mains: Sarah Woolam’s Scotch Pies; Slow-Cooked Chicken Fricassee; Conspirators’ Cassoulet • Sides: Auld Ian’s Buttered Leeks; Matchstick Cold-Oil Fries; Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash • Bread & Baking: Pumpkin Seed and Herb Oatcakes; Fiona’s Cinnamon Scones; Jocasta’s Auld Country Bannocks • Sweets & Desserts: Black Jack Randall’s Dark Chocolate Lavender Fudge; Governor Tryon’s Humble Crumble Apple Pie; Banoffee Trifle at River Run   With full-color photographs and plenty of extras—including cocktails, condiments, and preserves—Outlander Kitchen is an entertainment experience to savor, a wide-ranging culinary crash course, and a time machine all rolled into one. Forget Bon appétit. As the Scots say, Ith do leòr!


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Take a bite out of Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, the inspiration for the hit Starz series, with this immersive official cookbook from OutlanderKitchen.com founder Theresa Carle-Sanders!   Claire Beauchamp Randall’s incredible journey from postwar Britain to eighteenth-century Scotland is a feast for all five senses, and taste is no exception Take a bite out of Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, the inspiration for the hit Starz series, with this immersive official cookbook from OutlanderKitchen.com founder Theresa Carle-Sanders!   Claire Beauchamp Randall’s incredible journey from postwar Britain to eighteenth-century Scotland is a feast for all five senses, and taste is no exception. From Claire’s first lonely bowl of porridge at Castle Leoch to the decadent roast beef served after her hasty wedding to Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, from gypsy stew and jam tarts to fried chicken and buttermilk drop biscuits, there are enough mouth-watering meals along the way to whet the appetite of even the most demanding palate.   Now professional chef and founder of OutlanderKitchen.com Theresa Carle-Sanders offers up this extraordinary cuisine for your table. Featuring more than one hundred recipes, Outlander Kitchen retells Claire and Jamie’s incredible story through the flavors of the Scottish Highlands and beyond. Following the high standards for prodigious research and boundless creativity set by Diana Gabaldon herself, Carle-Sanders draws on the events and characters of the novels to deliver delicious and inventive dishes that highlight local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Yet amateur chefs need not fear: These doable, delectable recipes have been updated for today’s modern kitchens. Here are just a few of the dishes that will keep the world of Outlander on your mind morning, noon, and nicht:   • Breakfast: Yeasted Buckwheat Pancakes; A Coddled Egg for Duncan; Bacon, Asparagus, and Wild Mushroom Omelette • Appetizers: Cheese Savories; Rolls with Pigeons and Truffles; Beer-Battered Corn Fritters • Soups & Stocks: Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Murphy’s Beef Broth; Drunken Mock-Turtle Soup • Mains: Sarah Woolam’s Scotch Pies; Slow-Cooked Chicken Fricassee; Conspirators’ Cassoulet • Sides: Auld Ian’s Buttered Leeks; Matchstick Cold-Oil Fries; Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash • Bread & Baking: Pumpkin Seed and Herb Oatcakes; Fiona’s Cinnamon Scones; Jocasta’s Auld Country Bannocks • Sweets & Desserts: Black Jack Randall’s Dark Chocolate Lavender Fudge; Governor Tryon’s Humble Crumble Apple Pie; Banoffee Trifle at River Run   With full-color photographs and plenty of extras—including cocktails, condiments, and preserves—Outlander Kitchen is an entertainment experience to savor, a wide-ranging culinary crash course, and a time machine all rolled into one. Forget Bon appétit. As the Scots say, Ith do leòr!

30 review for Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    SmartBitches

    Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books One thing you notice as you read the Outlander series is all the mentions of food. It’s not quite as prolific as all the food in A Song of Ice and Fire, but there’s a lot of book and a lot of food. As we’ve seen, a lot of people like food (I am one) and like playing with food, and Outlander fandom being what it is, we should not be surprised that there is now an Outlander cookbook! For each recipe in this cookbook, we have excerpt of the book that mention Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books One thing you notice as you read the Outlander series is all the mentions of food. It’s not quite as prolific as all the food in A Song of Ice and Fire, but there’s a lot of book and a lot of food. As we’ve seen, a lot of people like food (I am one) and like playing with food, and Outlander fandom being what it is, we should not be surprised that there is now an Outlander cookbook! For each recipe in this cookbook, we have excerpt of the book that mentions food (…mostly…) and then gives a recipe for a reasonable interpretation of that food. We have appetizers, breakfast foods, soups, main entrees, desserts, drinks, preserves, and, my favorite part, basics that you need for some of the more complicated recipes (broth, puff pastry, quick cheese, etc). One could do a whole meal from this book. I haven’t had a chance to cook anything from the book, but I find the methodology to be clear, and the instructions easy to follow. The recipes don’t require a lot of experience in cooking to instinctively know what you’re supposed to do next (it’s not like the technical challenge in The Great British Bake Off), though having your copy of The Joy of Cooking handy for any questions that you might have would be a good idea – though that is a good idea, like, all the time. Carle-Sanders is a trained chef, so she knows what she’s about when it comes to the mechanics. You all know the reason I was interested in the book: I wanted to know about the historical aspect! To that end, I’m not impressed. Carle-Sanders says she used 18th century cookbooks as a starting point, but there’s no bibliography or indication of what recipe she adapted. For some of these recipes, I can make a reasonably educated guess, but I want sources! I ALWAYS WANT YOUR SOURCES. I’m also annoyed that, for the historical recipes, she does not include the original recipe she adapted. You know my particular nerdery involves knowing the starting point, and I want to see part of the process, and I think other people would be interested in seeing Point A and a little bit about how Point A became Point D. She says in the introduction that she wanted this book to be useable and not just a curiosity on the shelf, and that she wanted it to be fun. I think this cookbook does exactly what it set out to do, and I think a lot of people are going to enjoy this. It’s going on my cookbook shelf, but not near my historical books. -Redheadedgirl

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I remember picking up the paperback novel Outlander by Diana Gabaldon from the library's sale table. Historical fiction, a bit of time travel and a venue in the Scottish Highlands had me very interested. As with many Gabaldon fans, I fell in love with the series. This was my first book by this author. The books are great but I must admit I wasn't a big fan of the TV show. The actor playing Jamie just isn't right (for me). Yes, I know I am in the minority regarding the actor playing Jamie but....i I remember picking up the paperback novel Outlander by Diana Gabaldon from the library's sale table. Historical fiction, a bit of time travel and a venue in the Scottish Highlands had me very interested. As with many Gabaldon fans, I fell in love with the series. This was my first book by this author. The books are great but I must admit I wasn't a big fan of the TV show. The actor playing Jamie just isn't right (for me). Yes, I know I am in the minority regarding the actor playing Jamie but....it just doesn't work for me. Still....being a fan of this series I knew I had to check out this new cookbook, Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle- Sanders. I am pleased to say this book is fantastic- a wonderful gift for the Outlander fan. Christmas is coming up so, keep that in mind. Each recipe is preceded by a passage from one of the books (see below) and the photo of the pastry or dish and full recipe. This is enjoyable to read through without a thought to which of these recipes you want to try. outlander1 The forward on this book is also interesting to read. It describes how our author came to find her passion in the kitchen after enduring a series of less-than-satisfying jobs. Many times I admit to scanning the beginnings with the dedications and thoughts. This one had me reading each and every paragraph. Interesting. This photo was too good for me to exclude. She has a shiba inu, a breed I adore! Shibas are certainly not for the first time dog owner, too big a challenge, but I am fascinated with the breed. We still miss our Kobe who left us too soon but Aja, our 14 year old cream shiba, still rules the house. Ok, more pup info than I needed to share here....couldn't resist. One of the recipes I wanted to try was a simple one, Mrs. FitzGibbons's Overnight Parritch. This oatmeal breakfast figures prominently in the books and it seems they have it for breakfast quite a bit. Traditionally made from oatmeal and stirred with a spurtle (clockwise, to keep the devil away). Parritch, or porridge, evolved from pottage, a thick vegetable and grain stew that served as the mainstay of the European diet until the seventeenth century. Full review and photos may be found at : https://novelmeals.wordpress.com/2016...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I have to admit, I usually stay away from Fandom cookbooks like this. I just can't take them seriously. However, when I saw that this book was up for Best Cookbook of the Year, being the Outlander fan that I am, I knew I had to check it out. I was surprised to find that this book is the real deal. Not concocted by fans, but actually written by a professional cook that has studied and written about Irish and Scottish food and history for years, this book is "official"...and it shows. Also, the au I have to admit, I usually stay away from Fandom cookbooks like this. I just can't take them seriously. However, when I saw that this book was up for Best Cookbook of the Year, being the Outlander fan that I am, I knew I had to check it out. I was surprised to find that this book is the real deal. Not concocted by fans, but actually written by a professional cook that has studied and written about Irish and Scottish food and history for years, this book is "official"...and it shows. Also, the author received Diana Gabaldon's go-ahead on this project, which I feel confident would not have happened if this book and these recipes were not legit. Enjoy being taken back in time with this piece!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth Cato

    I received this cookbook through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. This is a cookbook that can be enjoyed on multiple levels. First of all, it's a cookbook with a diverse selection of recipes for food and drink, and many of them are period recipes written in a way to be accessible to the 21st century cook. For example, Drunken Mock-Turtle Soup uses oxtail along with a bottle of sherry. Baking soda and powder, 19th century inventions, are in bread recipes to allow for a good rise. Excerpts I received this cookbook through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. This is a cookbook that can be enjoyed on multiple levels. First of all, it's a cookbook with a diverse selection of recipes for food and drink, and many of them are period recipes written in a way to be accessible to the 21st century cook. For example, Drunken Mock-Turtle Soup uses oxtail along with a bottle of sherry. Baking soda and powder, 19th century inventions, are in bread recipes to allow for a good rise. Excerpts from the series accompany most of the recipes; an exception being Diana Gabaldon's personal recipe for Cheese Enchiladas. Most recipes feature a photograph, and the shots are quite well done. I'm not a big Outlander fan; I have only read the first book. I don't mind spoilers in the slightest, though, and I quite enjoyed the excerpts with the recipes. They really showed Gabaldon's skill in scant paragraphs. I can imagine that hardcore fans will get a lot out of this book--it could well provoke a series re-read--and it would certainly be fun to host viewing parties for the TV show while dining on recipes from this book. I have only had time to test one recipe so far, but it was wonderful. Ginger-Nut Biscuits, on page 274-275, ended up just as depicted in the picture: broad, cakey cookies with a lovely sugar-crackle top and a fresh ginger flavor within. This one is definitely worth making again! I made note of 10 recipes I want to try, including Crowdie cheese, millionaire shortbread, and two for scones. The one complaint I have is the font used for the page numbers. The font is very curly. I kept confusing 1 and 4. This is a small issue, true, but an aggravation when you're trying to write down recipes by page number only to find out later that several are incorrect.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather J.

    beautiful pictures. I enjoy the clips from the books. The recipes I've made are all excellent.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    "The must have cookbook for Outlander lovers!" Review at: http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hallie Ralls

    I've never picked up a cookbook and read it all the way through, but that just changed. Theresa Carle-Sanders has done a fantastic job of blending the Outlander books with workable recipes. Even I, an elementary cook at best, feel like I could tackle most of these recipes to great success. Educational, simple to understand and accessible in the way that no other cookbook has felt.

  8. 5 out of 5

    farmwifetwo

    I have yet to cook anything out of it but the recipes seem to be straight forward and easy to do. Easy enough to make a few before I return it to the library. Then I will adjust the stars and my opinion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zoey

    Lovely cookbook with beautiful pictures and excerpts from the books relating to each recipe. Massive Outlander fans like myself will love it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diane Close

    While I was disappointed the book didn't contain a recipe for tablet (especially an old, authentic one that doesn't use sweetened condensed milk), the rest of the recipes were well done, nicely represented and everything I tried cooked up great. I docked one star for having a little too many modern recipes (like enchiladas and fish tacos) that detracted from the authentic, historic feel of the book. The historic and modernized-historic ones that are present are pretty much perfect though! I don' While I was disappointed the book didn't contain a recipe for tablet (especially an old, authentic one that doesn't use sweetened condensed milk), the rest of the recipes were well done, nicely represented and everything I tried cooked up great. I docked one star for having a little too many modern recipes (like enchiladas and fish tacos) that detracted from the authentic, historic feel of the book. The historic and modernized-historic ones that are present are pretty much perfect though! I don't follow the TV series and I've never read the novels, but I am a fan of Scottish food and I loved this cookbook.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Outlander inspired yummy recipes and some are gluten free!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    WONDERFUL book with great recipes to go along with the series -- all the way from the 1700s in Scotland, England, and France to the 1900s in America. Theresa Carle-Sanders has done an amazing job.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Baker

    Love this cookbook. I am not a fan of spending time in the kitchen, but there is no denying the pay-offs of these recipes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna Lapping

    The best and most beautiful cookbook I've had in years. The recipes are well written and researched.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I had the good fortune of receiving this cookbook from a new friend who also just happens to be an equally obsessed 'Outlander' fan. Discovering we're both fans, plus that we shared so many other common interests was an unexpected but delightful outcome of our meeting. I could not feel luckier ~ as a recipient of both the cookbook & the friendship! It's a tiny bit misleading to write that I've "read" the entire cookbook. What I have done is read the foreward, (by Diana herself!!) the authors I had the good fortune of receiving this cookbook from a new friend who also just happens to be an equally obsessed 'Outlander' fan. Discovering we're both fans, plus that we shared so many other common interests was an unexpected but delightful outcome of our meeting. I could not feel luckier ~ as a recipient of both the cookbook & the friendship! It's a tiny bit misleading to write that I've "read" the entire cookbook. What I have done is read the foreward, (by Diana herself!!) the authors introduction and then all the excerpts from the 'Outlander' books which precede each & every recipe. Now I'm ready to re-read the whole series again! There are photographs which accompany every recipe (an aspect I like in a cookbook) and the recipes all look very doable even for an amateur cook like me. The cookbook covers the breadth of fine dining ~ every course conceivable in a meal from appetizers, drinks, thru dessert plus jams & some extras. So many I'm excited to try ~ in fact the ingredients for the first one (Murtagh's gift to Ellen ~ Puff Pastry Boar Tusks) are on my grocery list this minute. I wanted to review because I think anybody who is a fan of 'Outlander' (the series or books) would be thrilled to own a copy. It's an extension of that world we love so much & another way to stay connected to it. Every time I cook something from it, I'm sure I'll re-read the excerpt and be transported again! Wouldn't it be fabulous to get a group of 'Outlander' fans together, eat a meal comprised solely of recipes found in this book, and watch an episode of the show!?!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Merry Christmas to me! I've never deglazed a pan with sherry or brandy, or made Puff Pastry Boar Tusks, but look forward to doing so! This cook book is not only rich with amazing recipes from the Outlander Universe, it's a feast for the soul. The pictures give a good idea of what the dishes look like before or after cooking. Each recipe is prefaced with a sanctioned excerpt from the book it's from which puts you right back into the story. I'll have to try not to pick up the corresponding book! Most Merry Christmas to me! I've never deglazed a pan with sherry or brandy, or made Puff Pastry Boar Tusks, but look forward to doing so! This cook book is not only rich with amazing recipes from the Outlander Universe, it's a feast for the soul. The pictures give a good idea of what the dishes look like before or after cooking. Each recipe is prefaced with a sanctioned excerpt from the book it's from which puts you right back into the story. I'll have to try not to pick up the corresponding book! Most recipes come with tips and tricks to make the going easier. A must have for Outlander fans.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meera AlSuwaidi

    If you're a huge fan of Outlander like me, you'll absolutely LOVE this book! Every recipe is inspired by the story and characters themselves, even quotes and brief history are included. What could be better than trying out some original Highlander dishes?!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Beth

    Tried 5 recipes and all turned out fantastic! A must-have for Outlander fans.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    Disclaimer: I read this not as an Outlander fan but as someone who enjoys historical and literary cookbooks. I found these recipes somewhat lackluster and meaty for my taste.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Loved reading this with the excerpts from the books. There are several recipes that are must makes for me-ginger nut biscuits, pumpkin seed and herb oatcakes, and cock-a -leekie soup. yum!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Healy

    I've been waiting for this book for a long time! Theresa did an amazing job of bringing the recipes to life, suitable for a modern kitchen and a busy cook. The variety of dishes alone are mind-boggling. I can't wait to try a few of these, especially the Claire's roast chicken and the potato fritters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I've loved Theresa's site for a long time and I'm so glad her cookbook is finally here! There are some familiar website recipes, but also a variety of new material written especially for the book. I can't wait to try out the new recipes! It's also a beautiful cookbook--the cover, the paper used, and the photography are all top-notch.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This cookbook takes Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series to a whole new level. The author is not just highlighting the foods mentioned in the books, but also making them achievable by the home cook -- and Deliciously!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    This is like a pretty fine cookbook? Needs more #herbs though. mainly recommended to a devoted Outlander fan who is not a vegetarian. http://www.frowl.org/worstbestsellers...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    A new cookbook favourite. Perfect for those who can't get enough of Outlander and/or adore Scottish foods. It would be a great gift book for the Outlander fan in your life. The food photography is fantastic, just look at that cover! I'm thrilled a Canadian had the honour of writing it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A fun and engaging cookbook read for Outlander and cookbook fans alike. Every recipe is accompanied by photographs and a passage from one of the Outlander books. Highly recommended!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Love this book! I love that there are book excepts with each recipe. The recipes are a bit complicated (most of them), but as so worth it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    I know that cookbooks are for using, not really for reading cover to cover, and I can assure you that I have been using it, too, but I also have spent some time off and on over the past year or so reading the Outlander Kitchen cookbook all the way through. Some of this is because it's just really pretty, but some of it was also to make sure I read every recipe so that I knew what was in there and how difficult they seemed. While some of the recipes are probably too advanced or require equipment I know that cookbooks are for using, not really for reading cover to cover, and I can assure you that I have been using it, too, but I also have spent some time off and on over the past year or so reading the Outlander Kitchen cookbook all the way through. Some of this is because it's just really pretty, but some of it was also to make sure I read every recipe so that I knew what was in there and how difficult they seemed. While some of the recipes are probably too advanced or require equipment I don't have, and therefore I won't be using them (the pulled pork recipe in particular looks delicious, but I will be sticking with recipes I can do in a crockpot since I don't have access to a grill I can use for seven hours), there are a good number of remarkably easy recipes that are nonetheless delightful and make people really impressed that you made them (which is, after all, the whole point of cooking something). Mom and I tried a number of the bread recipes this summer; the oatmeal scones in particular have rapidly become a favorite of mine since they're really easy and taste amazing. In proper Fandom Cookbook style, each recipe starts off with a few lines excerpted from the Outlander novel in which the recipe -- or whatever inspired it -- appears. I've only read the first four Outlander novels, so a lot of the excerpts were familiar to me, but not all of them. The full-color photographs are gorgeous, and the "notes" sections, which contain technical tips, possible substitutions and variations, and serving suggestions, are extremely useful (Mom and I would never have made the nettle rolls if we had to actually go find nettles somewhere -- making them with spinach instead wouldn't have occurred to us, but they were delicious!). Author Theresa Carle-Sanders is a super helpful, super friendly guide to dealing with recipes that are like 90% oatmeal and cream, and then suddenly veer off into weird historical shit nobody's eaten in a hundred years, like beef tea (I have not actually made the beef tea, and I hope I never am sick enough to be tempted to make the beef tea, but reading about it was quite a ride). I might make ginger-nut biscuits tonight just because they look easy and fuck it, it's Friday. Mom and I are planning on trying our hands at the meat bridies next weekend, since we have a pound of frozen stew meat to use up and it's not really beef and Guinness stew season anymore. In terms of being both lovely and useful and hugely nerdy, Outlander Kitchen ranks right up there with A Feast of Ice and Fire. Possibly the only thing that makes Feast win out is its penchant for giving two recipes for everything (one modern and one old-timey), especially since I frequently have enjoyed the older recipes more than the modern ones. But they are both definitely top-of-the-line nerd shit and I expect to continue using both heavily for many years to come, until the spilled cream and smudged chocolate renders my copies unreadable. Originally posted at Culinary delights for the discerning time-traveler.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This is my new favorite cookbook! I'm a fan of Outlander (I've only read the first two books so far), but more than that I'm a fan of good food, British/Scottish food, and historic recipes. But the problem with historic recipes is that they're often to suit a taste no longer popular (or existent), or to cover the rancidness of an ingredient. So much though I love collecting them and making them, I usually don't want to eat them. That's where this cookbook shines- the recipes are all suited to a This is my new favorite cookbook! I'm a fan of Outlander (I've only read the first two books so far), but more than that I'm a fan of good food, British/Scottish food, and historic recipes. But the problem with historic recipes is that they're often to suit a taste no longer popular (or existent), or to cover the rancidness of an ingredient. So much though I love collecting them and making them, I usually don't want to eat them. That's where this cookbook shines- the recipes are all suited to a modern pallet, and any historic ones have been gently adapted to be more approachable. The author says it right in the intro (this may be the first cookbook I've read cover to cover, like a novel)- these recipes are historic, modern, and fantastical. And they ALL look and sound amazing. I love that she included quotes from the books with each, which gives a context for the inspiration. I also love that she includes tips with each, for substitutions, variations, and other useful information (it makes each recipe feel even more approachable, and customizable). Nothing in here calls for ingredients you'd have to special order (like a pig's head) or can only buy in bulk despite using a tiny amount, or have never heard of in your life. What a nice change from the more 'precious' homestyle cookbooks I've found! (which I love in concept, but they're totally impractical). And all of the cooking techniques are basic and simple- I truly felt like I could make everything in this book. And wanted to. Despite my LEAP diet and food allergies, I dog-eared 2/3 of the recipes, to make later. And the photos! Beautiful, full-color, styled photos of every dish (despite the type or size). I love when a cookbook has photos, which I use as a general guide to whether or not I messed up in making it. And as inspiration- humans are a visual species, after all. The organization of the recipes is not your typical cookbook organization, but it worked well. And there felt like plenty of recipes in every category (drinks, desserts, side dishes, appetizers, vegetarian mains, meat mains, etc.) so every taste and dietary restriction can be appeased. I'm sure this is an excellent resource for throwing Outlander watching parties with food. I plan on making something out of it every two weeks or so, just because. :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kirra

    I don't think you can really go wrong with a book companion cookbook (unless the recipes all look totally unappealing or are really difficult to make) but with the added plus of it being an OUTLANDER COMPANION COOKBOOK, there was no way I couldn't love it. The cover of this cookbook is absolutely gorgeous wth the food looking amazing, the red standing out against the green and it makes you want to bake while the soundtrack is on in the background making a perfect atmosphere to replicate the worl I don't think you can really go wrong with a book companion cookbook (unless the recipes all look totally unappealing or are really difficult to make) but with the added plus of it being an OUTLANDER COMPANION COOKBOOK, there was no way I couldn't love it. The cover of this cookbook is absolutely gorgeous wth the food looking amazing, the red standing out against the green and it makes you want to bake while the soundtrack is on in the background making a perfect atmosphere to replicate the world of Outlander. I love that each recipe also has a paragraph from an Outlander book, some notes from the author on why she choose the recipe or what she loves about it and then the beautiful photo of the dish. My favourite recipes were the Shepherd's Pie, Roger and Bree's pizza, Spaghetti and Meatballs with the Randalls, Hot Chocolate with La Dame Blanche, Fraser Strawberry Jam. I don't recommend going through this book when you're very hungry because it will make you want to try one of everything immediately because there are so many fantastic things to choose from in it. There's also a small chapter for vegetarian meals with a recipe from Diana Gabaldon! I really want to make the vegetable stew, enchiladas and everything from that section but I am in the zone of hunger right now where I want to eat everything I'm looking at so I'm not sure how helpful I am right now for choosing the right thing to make. Honestly, this is one recipe book I could see myself going back to and making food from regularly because it all looks fantastic.

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