"Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to head home for the holidays. But those travelers who find themselves stuck spendin' Life Day on distant, unfamiliar worlds can still make the season bright by whippin' up this simple feast to enjoy with their crew."
―Strono Tuggs, The Life Day Cookbook[1]

Engine Roasted Tip-Yip was a dish made from the carcass of a tip-yip bird roasted using a starship engine. The Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs included a recipe for the dish in the main courses section of his second cookbook, The Life Day Cookbook, and claimed it was perfect for those celebrating the Life Day festival away from home.


"All it takes is a functionin' engine and a tip-yip—a common Endorian fowl that can be caught or bought on just about any world these days. See, tip-yip is absolutely mouthwaterin' when roasted at high temps… and there ain't no temp higher than the flames from a ship's thruster."
―Strono Tuggs, The Life Day Cookbook[1]

Engine Roasted Tip-Yip was a dish made by roasting the whole carcass of a tip-yip, a fowl native to the moon Endor but commonly available on most worlds, until it was brown using the flames of a starship engine. The bird was de-feathered and had its legs tied together before cooking.[1]


"The skin gets crispy, the meat stays juicy, and your crew will be singin' your praises (between verses of "Joh Blastoh"). You could also prepare this one in an oven, I guess… but where's the fun in that?"
―Strono Tuggs, The Life Day Cookbook[1]

Strono Tuggs (pictured) included Engine Roasted Tip-Yip in his cookbook.

The Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs included a recipe for the dish in the main courses section of his second cookbook, The Life Day Cookbook, which was released at some point after he published his first cookbook[1] in 34 ABY.[2]

Tuggs presented the dish as something that could easily be made to celebrate the mid-winter Life Day festival by those unable to return home for the holidays, and promised anyone who cooked it would find their whole crew singing their praises. He claimed tip-yip tasted best when roasted at high temperatures like those produced by ship thrusters, for the skin would become crispy while the meat stayed juicy. Tuggs also admitted that the dish could simply be prepared in an oven but believed that it would be less fun.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

"What are you doing?"
"Engine thruster roasting. Cooks super fast."
―Rose Tico and Poe Dameron[3]

Poe Dameron roasts a tip-yip using the engines of the Millennium Falcon

Engine Roasted Tip-Yip first appeared in The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, a 2020 non-canon short film. In the film, Resistance General Poe Dameron, having never cooked a tip-yip before, uses the starship engines of the Millennium Falcon to try and roast one quickly on a spit as part of preparations for a Life Day party on the planet Kashyyyk.[3]

After the protocol droid C-3PO activates the thrusters, Dameron's allies Rose Tico and Finn question what he is doing just as the tip-yip carcass blackens and catches fire. The astromech droid D-O then extinguishes the flaming bird before a falling tree knocks the bird from the spit. After the party guest Zorii Bliss delivers replacement tip-yips, Dameron later serves a less blackened roast tip-yip during the party.[3]

Engine Roasted Tip-Yip was then named and made canon when it appeared as a recipe in Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook, a 2021 canon recipe book written by Jenn Fujikawa and Marc Sumerak. The out-of-universe recipe calls for a whole chicken, softened and unsalted butter, minced garlic cloves, dried rosemary, extra virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper, half a medium lemon, and a medium sweet onion.[1]



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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook
  2. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook establishes that the in-universe book was published at the same time as when the First Order was searching for the Resistance base on Batuu. As that search occurs in Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, which is set in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here, the cookbook must have been published in 34 ABY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special