"With its perfectly crispy coatin', fried zuchii is an ideal way to start off any meal and impress your guests. It can even make a novice chef look like they studied under the great Jlibbous of Zenn-La."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[2]

Zenn-La was a galactic location and the homeworld of Jlibbous, a chef who was renowned for greatness[1] in the centuries before the Battle of Takodana[3] in 34 ABY.[4] That year,[5] Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs mentioned Zenn-La in his first cookbook, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, in text that accompanied a recipe for flash-fried zuchii.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Zenn-La was first mentioned in the epilogue of "A Recipe for Death," a short story written by Landry Q. Walker and published by Disney–Lucasfilm Press in Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens: Volume I[1] on April 5, 2016.[6] The location shares its name with the home planet of the Silver Surfer from Marvel Comics,[7] although Walker has stated that the connection was unintentional.[8]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "A Recipe for Death"—Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens: Volume I
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook
  3. "A Recipe for Death" establishes that Strono Tuggs has served in Takodana Castle for more than twenty years, and Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded establishes that Tuggs served in the castle for centuries before the Battle of Takodana. As such, "A Recipe for Death" must take place at least 180 years before the battle.
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  5. 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.
  6. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars The Force Awakens: Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away on Amazon.com (backup link)
  7. MarvelLogo.svg Silver Surfer Powers, Enemies, & History on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  8. TwitterLogo.svg Landry Q. Walker (@LandryQWalker) on Twitter. "Not intentionally. I've never been a heavy Marvel reader, and I barely know anything about Silver Surfer. Deep subconscious?" (screenshot)
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