Review: Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook

Dining-With-The-Doctor-The-Unauthorized-Whovian-CookbookDining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook
by Chris-Rachael Oseland

File Size: 1190 KB
Print Length: 103 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481153684
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

(Barry’s score 2 stars out of 5)

Product description:

Hello, sweetie.

Your taste buds are about to take a wibbly wobbly, timey wimey adventure through the 2005 Doctor Who reboot. Megafan and food writer Chris-Rachael Oseland spent a year rewatching all of series one through six and experimenting in her kitchen to bring you a fresh recipe for every single episode.

There are recipes in here for every level of cook. If you’re terrified of the kitchen, there are things so simple even Micky the Idiot couldn’t get them wrong. For the experienced chefs, there are advanced fish and beef dishes that wouldn’t be amiss on the Starship Titanic. Along the way, you’ll also find plenty of edible aliens to decorate the table at your next Doctor Who viewing party.

This book is a treat for any Whovian who wants to offer more than a plate of fish fingers and a bowl of custard at your next viewing party. Want to host an elegant dinner party to show off your new Tardis corset? Start the evening with a Two Streams Garden Cocktail followed by Baked Hath, Marble Cucumber Circuits with Vesuvian Fire Dipping Sauce, Professor Yana’s Gluten Neutrino Map Binder, Slitheen Eggs, and some of Kazran’s Night Sky Fog Cups for dessert.

If you’re just getting a few friends together to watch the latest episode, why not offer them an Ood Mezze Plate to munch on as stragglers wander in followed by some quick and easy Fish Custard Tacos, Open Faced Dalek Ironsides, Sontaran Soldiers, and a Cinnamon Pull Apart Crack in the Wall. They can wash it all down with a cup of the Pond’s Wedding Punch.

Lets be honest. No Whovian gathering is complete without them, so you also get an entire bonus chapter dedicated to interesting alternative takes on fish fingers and custard.

This comprehensive cookbook includes eighteen adult beverages, more than two dozen recipes for vegetarians, twenty that are safe for people with wheat allergies, and ten for the low carb dieters. You’ll be prepared for every possible guest.

The ebook also includes over 50 full color photos, a linked table of contents for easy navigation, and a useful appendix.

Put on your fez and straighten your bow tie. You own a cookbook now. Cookbooks are cool.


My thoughts:

As a fan of Dr. Who and a wannabe foodie, I grabbed a copy of this ebook straight away. Sadly “Dining with the Doctor” needed to be sent back to the kitchen. The recipes, and I use the term loosely, were poor at best.

whovian cookbookI suppose one of the biggest no-nos of a cookbook would be poor instructions. On more than one occasion, ingredients were not listed. For example this “Fishy Daleks”, did not include ripe olive in the ingredient list. This isn’t an unusual case, several recipes are missing a full listing of their ingredients.  Is it really a recipe to cook a frozen fish fillet and add mustard and ketchup  and cotton swabs to make a dalek? Really? What if your guest didn’t like mustard and cotton swabs on his food?

The Weeping Angel Wings left me scratching my head:

“Let’s be honest. You’re not going to make hot wings from scratch. The time and hassle aren’t worth it. You’re going to pick up a bucket of them from KFC or have a box of them delivered from Pizza Hut. If you’re feeling really fancy, you might even pick up some wild flavored ones from your favorite sports bar. I know this. You know this. But since this is a cookbook, we’re going to make a pact right now. Let’s pretend you wanted a moderately healthy version of Weeping Angel Wings instead of the usual deep fried buffalo wings.”

Oseland, Chris-Rachael (2012-12-01). Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook (p. 45). . Kindle Edition.

The time and the hassle aren’t worth it? Then why bother with the recipe? Was this some sort of attempt at humor to imply that your readers are to lazy to make chicken wings? Really?

Pete Tyler’s Health Tonic (S1, E8 – Father’s Day) is basically green tea, but the commentary of the episode is a bit crude “… in an alternate dimension where he never knocked your mother up”. I don’t want to sound like a prude but “knocked your Mother up” isn’t a phrase that I expect in a cookbook.

8 cups/ 2 l brewed green tea
4 tbsp/ 60 ml honey
1 tsp/ 5 g salt
Juice of 1 tangerine
Zest of 1 tangerine
1 cucumber, cut into ¼ inch/. 63 cm slices

Oseland, Chris-Rachael (2012-12-01). Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook (p. 16). . Kindle Edition.

All in all, I suggest giving this one a pass. You lost me at the Q-tips in the fish fillets . I give this cookbook a 2 out of 5 stars.

Author: Barry Huddleston

Your steampunk lodge of the retro-future

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