Title: Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook
Author: Theresa Carle-Sanders
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: July 14th, 2016
Length: 352 pages
Source: Gifted to me this year by my generous and fantastic #TBTBSanta, Mary Pickering
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.
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!
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. 🙂