Fans of Scottish cuisine -- particularly of the 18th century -- will get a treat in the summer of 2016, when Ballantine Bantam Dell will publish the cookbook "Outlander Kitchen."
It's by chef and Diana Gabaldon fan Theresa Carle-Sanders, who has been creating "Outlander"-inspired recipes at a blog of the same name since 2011. "Outlander" is Gabaldon's bestselling fantasy series, in which 20th century nurse Claire Randall is transported back in time to 18th century Scotland, where she finds adventure with James Fraser, a Highland warrior.
When she first started, Carle-Sanders got a chance to ask Gabaldon some questions, and she got permission to use quotes from the books to accompany her recipes. So she was well underway -- with things like "Jocasta's 'Auld Country' Scottish Bannock," "Homemade Salt for the Sin-Eater" and an alcohol-laden "Cherry Bounce" -- before the television series came around.
"Outlander," starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, premiered on Starz in 2014 and has been picked up for a second season. lately, Carle-Sanders has been keying her recipes to the television series. It isn't always easy. Recently she wrote, "there's not a food on earth that pairs well with Wentworth Prison" -- so she resorted to Scotch, in the form of a Rusty Nail cocktail.