What to Eat While Watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

What to Eat While Watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Ariel Knutson
May 27, 2014
Chicken + Black Hole
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What if instead of catching up on your favorite reality TV show or binge-watching Game of Thrones, you could be transported into outer space or even back in time while sitting on your couch? If you're like me, you've been in awe of Cosmos: A Space Odyssey, the follow-up of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage hosted by Carl Sagan in the 1980s. Neil deGrasse Tyson is our tour guide to the great unknown and the players in history who attempted to shed light on the universe.

Whether you're hungry for knowledge, or just you know, dinner, here's what you should eat while watching Cosmos.

The key to eating while watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is to eat something out of this world (har har har). While you learn more about the universe, you deserve a meal that inspires you, too.

I've broken down this guide into a couple themes or central ideas discussed in the show. So whether you're a fan of black holes or evolution, you'll find a meal that quenches your thirst for knowledge.

The Big Bang Theory

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As we learn from Tyson in the fourth episode of the series, the end of the universe is the beginning of time. Therefore, when thinking about dinner and the big bang, think BIG and BOLD. You need the ultimate dinner: the superfood baked potato.


What better way to talk about evolution than by eating something that honors the age old question: what came first, the chicken or the egg? Only this spicy roasted chicken thigh knows the truth. Eat up. Get answers.

The Speed of Light

What we're observing in space now actually happened billions of years ago thanks to the speed of light. If you enjoy this "mirage" of the universe, you'll also enjoy this sneaky cauliflower couscous salad for dinner.

Black Holes

Beyond the event horizon, lies your destiny: an uncharted, delicious dinner. That's right, I'm thinking breakfast for dinner! But not just any kind of breakfast: let's switch things up and add some savory components to normally sweet things. These Monte Cristo Waffles with warm raspberry sauce are in order. Who knows: you might have just discovered a whole new universe of dinner ideas.

Red Giants

In the very (very) distant future, our sun will expand into a red giant before exploding and turning into a white dwarf. If you love our sun (and I know you do), eat something spicy and all encompassing like this avocado stuffed with spicy shrimp.


In the tenth episode of the series, Tyson shows us how Michael Faraday created the first generator and how light is also tied to electricity and magnetism. To explore these invisible fields of force, try these crunchy black bean tacos – which are easy, important, and mysteriously good.

Extraterrestrial Civilizations

Do you believe in the possibility of an extraterrestrial civilization? Frog eggs and eyeballs for you.


Paleogeography, or the study of the history of geography on earth, has changed our personal destiny more than you can ever know. This Green Shakshuka, similarly, looks like the our planet (eggs = land, greens = water), and will change the way you see dinner forever.


As Tyson tells us, gravity has been the same for the last 4 and half billion years on earth. Therefore, when it comes to dinner you need something classic and comforting. Let's go with a standard combination of a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup.

Wave Theory of Light

As Tyson tells us in the fifth episode of the series, Newton discovered that white light is a mixture of the colors of the rainbow. Let's eat something super colorful, like this golden been salad to honor this important theory.

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