Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook Review

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Firefly has always had an extensive following and franchise, and its just gotten bigger with a new cookbook! Titan Books has officially published the Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel. Take a look inside the book’s contents, and see our chef skills at two recipes.

Book’s Contents

Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook takes you on a journey through the world of Firefly through food. From shipboard living, to the border, core worlds upper crust to the core world underbelly; there’s a recipe for everyone. Below is the full recipe list you can find in the table of contents, along with dietary information in gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, or if the recipe can be made that way. As someone who has dietary restrictions, I find it important that recipes list this information to show what I can make in the book, and whether or not I can use the recipes.

Recipe List

The Basics

  • White Sauce
    • Veg, Vegan*
  • Brown Sauce
    • GF, Veg*, Vegan*
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Five-Spice Mix
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Dough for Bao
    • Veg, Vegan
  • Pastry Dough
    • Veg*, Vegan*
  • Biscuits
    • Veg, Vegan*

Recipes for Shipboard Living

  • Simon’s Dried Spiro-Balls
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Zoe’s Shipboard Crackers
    • Veg, Vegan
  • Zoe’s Spiced Plum Fruit Leather
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Book’s Fresh Tomato Slices
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Wash’s Crunch Snack Mix
    • GF*, Veg*, Vegan*
  • Jayne’s Pork Jerky
    • GF
  • Simon’s Eggy Oat Mush
    • GF, Veg
  • Book’s Shepherd Chicken Soup
    • GF*
  • Kaylee’s Tear & Share Rolls
    • Veg
  • Kaylee’s Family Soup
    • GF
  • Blue Sun Recipes Cheesy Grits
    • GF, Veg
  • Wash’s Wife Soup
    • GF, Veg, Vegan*
  • Wash’s Mashed Sesame Spuds
    • GF, Veg, Vegan*
  • Book’s Southdown Abbey Couscous
    • Veg, Vegan*
  • Saffron’s Fresh Bao
    • Veg, Vegan*
  • Mal’s Shadow Spare Ribs
    • GF
  • Jayne’s Spaghetti Casserole
    • GF*
  • River & Simon’s Fruity Oaty Bars
    • Veg, Vegan*
  • Blue Sun Recipes Canned Peach Cobbler
    • Veg
  • Simon’s Chocolate Protein Cake
    • Veg
  • Inara’s Companion Tea
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Mal’s Haymaker’s Punch
    • GF, Veg, Vegan

Recipes from the Border & Beyond

  • Mal’s Corn Dodgers
    • GF, Veg*, Vegan*
  • Zoe’s Steamed Pumpkin Buns
    • Veg, Vegan
  • Zoe’s Garlic Griddle Bread
    • Veg*
  • Zoe’s Garlic Green Beans
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Kaylee’s Bacon & Cheese Toast
    • GF*
  • Jayne’s Pork Hash
    • GF
  • Wash’s Chicken & Dumplings
    • N/A
  • Mal’s Pork & Beans
    • GF
  • Wash’s Goat Curry
    • GF
  • Mal’s Mama Reynold’s Shoofly Pie
    • Veg
  • Wash’s Bread Pudding
    • Veg
  • Simon’s Molasses Taffy Twists
    • GF, Veg, Vegan*
  • Kaylee’s Strawberry Shortcake
    • Veg
  • Inara’s Border Berry Cordial
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Book’s Mulled Wine
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Jayne’s Mudder’s Milk
    • GF, Veg

Recipes from the Core Worlds, Upper Crust

  • Blue Sun Recipes Sweet Potato Bites
    • GF, Veg, Vean
  • Blue Sun Recipes Sweet Stuffed Mushrooms
    • Vegan*
  • Blue Sun Recipes Sweet Tofu Cubes
    • GF, Veg
  • Blue Sun Recipes Sweet Crab Dip
    • GF
  • Inara’s Lotus Chips
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Inara’s Mandarin Salad
    • GF, Veg, Vegan*
  • Simon’s Roast Duck
    • GF
  • Inara’s Spiced Lamb
    • GF
  • River’s Saffron Rice Pudding
    • GF, Veg, Vegan*
  • Simon’s Matcha Macaron Drops
    • GF, Veg
  • Inara’s Ginger Spiced Steamer Cake
    • Veg
  • River’s Hodgeberry Thumbprints
    • Veg
  • Blue Sun Recipes Sweet Five-spice Caramel
    • GF, Veg
  • Mal’s Almond Cookies
    • Veg
  • Inara’s Shimmerwine
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Kaylee’s Frye Fizzler
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Simon’s Golden Milk
    • GF, Veg, Vegan*
  • Simon’s Sake Cocktail
    • GF, Veg, Vegan

Recipes from the Core Worlds, Underbelly

  • Badger’s Finger Sandwiches
    • GF*, Veg
  • Wash’s Spiced Tea Eggs
    • GF, Veg
  • Jayne’s Sausage Rolls
    • N/A
  • River’s Meat Pies
    • N/A
  • Book’s Street Chicken Skewers
    • GF
  • River’s Candied Fruit Skewers
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Kaylee’s Youtiao-Fried Cruellers
    • Veg
  • River’s Ice Planets
    • GF, Veg*
  • Wash’s Blue Hurricane
    • GF, Veg, Vegan
  • Zoe’s Gunpowder Gimlet
    • GF, Veg, Vegan

GF – Gluten Free, Veg – Vegetarian, * – can be made this way with substitutions

Great Parts

Though the recipes in the book are astounding and very relevant to the series, the book provides other really good information for anyone starting to cook. In the basics section you find recipes that compliment and are used in the main ones. Not only are these the basics for the show’s recipes, they start you out on the foundations.

Alongside the basics, in the back of the book there is a culinary conversion chart for volume, weight, temp, and length. Though this is common knowledge, most kitchens don’t have this information readily available. Providing it within the cookbook not only enhances the experience, it makes you self sufficient with knowledge at your fingertips.

There is also a dietary information table at the back of the book, featuring every recipe, and information on if it’s gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan. All necessary information for someone looking to alter, or make a dish with dietary concerns, such as myself.

Cooking

Adhering to my dietary restraints, we took on the challenge of making two dishes including Garlic Green Beans, and Tofu Cubes.

Garlic Green Beans

Vegetables are your friend, and the garlic green beans were very delicious. Following the recipe exactly, the green beans came out tender, and were lathered in a delicious sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and brown sugar sauce. They weren’t crunchy, but soft and sauteed.

Overall, the recipe was simple to follow, and the description was spot-on.

Tofu Cubes

The other recipe we tackled was the tofu cubes. While this recipe was easy and considered a snack, we served it alongside the green beans as a side. The tofu cubes were marinating in a honey, soy sauce, lime juice, and sesame oil sauce for two hours before broiling for a few minutes and serving. They were firm, slightly crispy, and had a very potent flavor. I was personally afraid the tofu wouldn’t absorb the marinate but it did, and knowing that tofu will handle that, I plan on making this again.

Final Thoughts

While I’m not a terribly crazy fan for the Firefly franchise, I do enjoy a good meal. While the recipes are based on food found in the show, and each recipe comes with a blurb about the food, and whom may have made it. They are all very diverse and what I would consider to be Asian-cuisine using a ton of ingredients I’ve made while cooking stir-frys.

You can get your copy of Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook directly from Titan Books, who takes you to a local distributor. We certainly enjoyed Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook and hope you do too!

Good

  • Tons of recipes for different occasions
  • Plenty of dietary options and substitutions
  • Highly connected to Firefly franchise

Bad

  • All the dishes are cuisine themed, but substitutions can be made
  • Have to know the series to grasp the importance of recipes
9.6

Amazing

Connection to Series - 10
Amount of Recipes - 10
Variety of Dishes - 8.5
Dietary Options - 10
Recipe Steps and Description - 9
Quality of Information - 10
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