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“It is a real dirt-farmer’s soup; full-bodied and satisfying.”

§ January 12th, 2011 § Filed under star trek, the shat § 9 Comments

So anyway, we got one of these in the shop the other day…a really nice copy of the Official Star Trek Cooking Manual paperback from 1978:

Written by Mary Ann Piccard (yes, that’s sorta like “Jean-Luc Picard” I know) in the voice of Dr. McCoy’s nurse, Christine Chapel, who is logging and describing all of the favorite dishes of the Enterprise crew, the Klingons, the Federation, the Vulcans, and the Romulans (along with an appendix listing the favorites of the actual actors and creators of the show).

The recipes all include brief introductions from “Chapel,” like so:

Dr. McCoy is a most hardheaded, skeptical and scientific space medicine specialist. He is also a gentleman from Georgia where many families have loyally maintained traditions from the 19th century and earlier. It should not surprise us that his favorite dish is is a chicken pie made just as they were in the days when the kitchen was in a separate building behind the main house. This [recipe] serves 4 generously.”

(Beet Soup)
Chekov jokingly calls his borscht recipe Borzoi Borscht, after the swift wolfhounds, because it takes him so little time to prepare. This recipe serves from 4 to 6 people.”

(Cream of Spinach Soup)
Though this is sometimes confused with Plomeek Soup, it is actually a much more plebeian dish. It is a real dirt-farmer’s soup; full-bodied and satisfying. The spoonful of sour cream with which the Vulcan country women of long ago graced their plain fare was liken to a morning star shining through the first pale green streamers of the Vulcan dawn.”

Now, as one might expect, Captain Kirk is a special case. He, like everyone else in the book, has his wide variety of interestingly-named foodstuffs (“Deviled Potatoes,” “The Tribble’s Banquet,” “Oskaloosa Log,” “Schwarzwalder Torte”). But there, in the middle of the list, is a recipe simply named “Steak.”


Kirk has no need of fancypants names for his slabs of meat:

“Captain Kirk is a great steak fan. First choice with him is a steak grilled over a charcoal fire or an open wood fire. But a close second is a steak with a brush-on sauce that takes equally well to frying. With steak he likes baked potatoes, corn pudding, and coleslaw. This [recipe] will provide 8 servings.”

Unless of course Kirk himself is at the meal…his manly appetite requires all the servings.

And then there was that time Bill (reportedly) saw a UFO.

§ May 5th, 2010 § Filed under the shat, ufo mags § 11 Comments

From a 1974 UFO magazine article about celebrity sightings of things…not of this world.

A whole lotta Shatner goin’ on.

§ April 23rd, 2008 § Filed under the shat Comments Off on A whole lotta Shatner goin’ on.

By popular demand, a small selection of the many funnybook faces of James Tiberius Kirk:

from Star Trek #51 (Gold Key, March 1978) by George Kashdan & Alden McWilliams

from Star Trek #16 (Marvel Comics, Oct. 1981) by Marty Pasko, Luke McDonnell & Sal Trapani

from Star Trek #6 (DC Comics, July 1984) by Mike W. Barr, Tom Sutton & Sal Amendola

from Star Trek: Debt of Honor (DC Comics, 1992) by Chris Claremont, Adam Hughes & Karl Story

from Star Trek Unlimited #1 (Marvel Comics, Nov. 1996) by Dan Abnett, Ian Edginton,
Mark Buckingham & Kev F. Sutherland

from Star Trek: All of Me (DC Comics/Wildstorm, April 2000) by Tony Isabella, Bob Ingersoll,
Aaron Lopresti & Randy Emberlin

from Star Trek: The Manga #1 (Tokyopop, 2006) – sorry, didn’t have the book in stock at the moment,
so the credits will come later

from Star Trek: Year Four #5 (Nov. 2007) by David Tischman & Steve Conley

ADDITIONAL TREKKING: Please, enjoy a little Ska Trek, courtesy Transbuddha.

This post meets or exceeds your recommended daily dosage of Shatner.

§ April 22nd, 2008 § Filed under the shat Comments Off on This post meets or exceeds your recommended daily dosage of Shatner.

I missed this in the New York con coverage, but Rich pointed it out to me…according to the Karen Berger herself, Swamp Thing spin-off title The Un-Men is cancelled. Alas, that didn’t come as much of a surprise, since we sell all of two copies at the shop, one of which is to me. I thought it was pretty good, myself…it took a couple issues for me to get into it, but I’ve been appreciating the very dark humor at work in this series.

And to clarify my thoughts on The Spirit trailer I posted yesterday: I like how it looks, and it seems like it could be an entertaining, or at least interesting film, just judging from what little I’ve seen. The narration is…a tad over the top, yes, but if that comes as a surprise, you haven’t been paying attention to what Frank Miller’s been up to these last few years…or ever, if you get right down to it.

But none of it really says “The Spirit” to me. As Phill said in my comments, where’s the color blue? I don’t want a non-blue Spirit. Or a non-funny one, as I said yesterday. On the other hand, this is just the teaser trailer…we may be stuck with the “Sin City” look, but there’s still a chance of some Spirit-esque whimsy making it into the flick.

Yeah, I know, that trailer really exudes whimsy. Hey, a boy can hope.

It’s been reported all over the place, but the more people that see this story, the better: some scumbag stole art and interviews from an illustration site and republished them in a $100 book without permission. Unbelievable.

Artist Luc Latulippe has more on the story.

At the risk of repeating myself:

Why would you make this the “retailer incentive” cover (i.e. for every 10 or so of the regular cover ordered, you get one of these)? Do people not understand the sheer sales power of The Shat? Sure, he’s all Romulaned up on that cover, but that’s 100% Real Kirk, baby.