Behind every beloved show is a fan blog or 20—and chef Theresa Carle-Sanders' Outlander Kitchen is just that: featuring recipes that bring the food in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels and TV adaptation to life.
The novels are based mostly in Scotland, though the characters travel through France, the Caribbean, and the Americas—in the 18th century—so Carle-Sanders was tasked with modernizing historical Scottish foods for the readers of her blog and the cookbook that came of it.
Each recipe starts with a related passage from one of the novels—"a creative way to relate to the recipes," one community reviewer remarked.
"The author has tied each recipe to either Scotland, or the Outlander characters, or an homage to the author of Outlander, Diana Gabaldon. It is wonderfully illustrated and the recipes are clearly laid out. Any special instructions as to techniques or ingredients are also clearly explained. It's a wonderful read as well as a terrific resource."
One community reviewer said "the recipes are thoroughly researched and tested; Theresa makes a big effort to connect recipes to the Outlander series, providing beautiful descriptions for each." Another said "I could not get over the level of attention to detail in these recipes and descriptions!"
Wendy Stone, another community reviewer, explains that the cookbook covers "everything from spaghetti and meatballs to adult beverages, from Diana Gabaldon's recipe for enchiladas to ginger-nut biscuits. If it's related to Outlander, it's in the book." But here are the recipes that our community members raved out:
2017's roster of Piglet Community Picks were chosen by an open call to our community; the reviews you see here are from some of the folks who voted these books into the tournament. To see other Piglet Community Picks reviews, head here.
The Outlander Kitchen is available wherever books are sold.