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The real deal ASOIAF cookbook!,
This review is from: A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook (Hardcover)
I unfortunately ordered The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew - More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond before this one (my incessant need to buy anything asoiaf-related), and it was a disappointent. Recipes that weren't related to the book, no pictures, no glossy pages....pretty much BORING. This, on the other hand, the "official cookbook." It was made by diehard blog fans and GRRM even gives you an introduction. I'm going to break the book down so that you can decide whether or not this book is for you.
INTRODUCTION - you get a short and sweet introduction from GRRM
LOOK/STYLE - this book is gorgeous, with glossy pages and tons of pictures. Looks beautiful!
STOCKING YOUR MEDIEVAL KITCHEN - this will tell you how to properly prepare your kitchen for these recipes (it's not too difficult or expensive) and common substitutes for medieval ingredients. For example, they tell you that aurochs should be replaced with beef or bison (aurochs are extinct). They also tell you how to make sauces that may be required for recipes (examples - roux, medieval pastry dough, medieval fish sauce).
RECIPES BY REGION - the book breaks down recipes for you by region. Pretty cool, huh? There's the Wall, the north, the south, King's Landing, Dorne, and across the Narrow Sea.
BOOK RELEVANCE - recipes are taken from meals straight from the book, and the book is even quoted.
DIFFICULTY - since a lot of these recipes are obviously medieval-esque, it's not always easy. There are lots of pies, soups, and wine, and not always the most common ingredients. However, some of the recipes have two versions: a "medieval" and "modern." For example, there is Medieval Leek Soup and Modern Leek Soup. They have different tastes, and the medieval one calls for Poudre Forte (which they tell you how to make in the "stocking your medieval kitchen.") They do this for a LOT of recipes and I think it's a really neat idea, since medieval dishes can be too unusual for some people's palates or too complex to make.
Basically, this book is just all-around amazing. With its beautiful, glossy pictures and pages, varieties of recipes, and best of all - GRRM's stamp of approval, you can't go wrong with this.
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Initial post: Dec 2, 2012 9:40:20 AM PST
Your review made me buy this cookbook for a friend of mine who enjoyed the HBO and the books. He is very detail oriented and loves to cook. The more I read the comments, the more excited I am to have found this for my friend. I am almost tempted to tell him what I got, but I have 22 more days till he knows....
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2013 1:11:02 AM PST
Does it tell you how to make Moon Tea?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2013 1:19:04 AM PST
D. C. Obraztsov says:
spending too much time with a Kettleblack? Or Lancel? Or Moon Boy, for all I know....
Posted on Jul 27, 2013 12:48:59 AM PDT
Does the cook book include the recipe for Fre.....I mean pork pies? xD
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2013 6:48:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 27, 2013 7:18:02 AM PDT
K. Klimstra says:
I was wondering that as well. Methinks it consists of tough, stringy meat with a dash of betrayal.
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