Find yourself craving some Saava Snacks? Or perhaps some Kublag Curry? Well, the fact that Life Day 2021 has come and gone doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy all it has to offer your taste buds. Thanks to authors Jenn Fujikawa and Marc Sumerak, and the fine folks over at Insight Editions, you can now cook up some of the galaxy’s finest holiday dishes right in your own home! With the Star Wars – The Life Day Cookbook you’ll feast for days with “official holiday recipes from a galaxy far, far way.”

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Life Day! (Image: Lucasfilm Ltd. )

George Lucas first introduced us to Life Day in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special many moons ago. The wookiee celebration of life transcended the arboreal world of Kashyyk, however. The galaxy’s citizens embraced the holiday tradition across all reaches of space. Each celebration was full of love, joy, and of course, plenty of food to go around. The Life Day Cookbook offers recipes for some the best culinary concoctions, and we here at That Hashtag Show tried some of them out this weekend for our… er, your benefit.

Star Wars – The Life Day Cookbook offers delicious delights

Life Day Cookbook
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With over 120+ pages of full-color images, stories, and recipes, it was hard to choose just a few to try out. We decided to start with the Shi-Shok Fruit Bowls as a relatively simple yet fun and visually pleasing brunch offering. The base of The Life Day Cookbook snack rests (figuratively and literally) in dragon fruit. The husk, once you remove the fruit, serves as an individual serving vessel filled with the dragon fruit, raspberries, blueberries, and cantaloupe. (Confession – we substituted honeydew melon for the cantaloupe to give the dish an even more colorful presentation.) Using the dragon fruit husk as the dish itself, though, provided an aesthetically fun take on a simple fruit cocktail.

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Next we tried the Crait Crusted Cod. This dish draws inspiration from one of the more memorable scenes from The Last Jedi. From the salt flats of Crait to your plate comes this incredibly flavorful seafood main course. Warning though – if you have high blood pressure, this salt-packed fish offering might not be for you. Preparation includes four full cups of kosher salt in which you pack the cod. Granted you don’t actually eat the salt mixture, but the flavor it imparts is certainly worth it.

Don’t bite the Wookiee

As the recipe suggests, we “don’t recommend bitin’ a real wookiee, but you’re not gonna be able to resist chompin’ down these sweet little fellas!” We’re talking about The Life Day Cookbook Wookiee-Ookiees, sweet and (nutmeg) spicy molasses cookies shaped like everyone’s favorite wookiee, Chewbacca. These made a fine addition to our Christm… Life Day cookie decorating party, however, if you like your molasses cookies a little more… wait for it… chewy, you may want to either lower the baking temperature or reduce the baking time just a smidge.

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All in all the Star Wars – The Life Day Cookbook offers up a lot of familiar recipes with tasty twists. Or, rather, food favorites from the authors’ certain point of view. If you’re a Star Wars foodie, this will make a fine addition to your cookbook collection.

Star Wars – The Life Day Cookbook from Insight Editions is now available at book retailers everywhere.