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A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook Hardcover – May 29, 2012
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"The combination of headnotes and recipes [in A Feast of Ice and Fire] almost reaches the Elizabeth David level of 'put down this book, get out of bed and start cooking.' ... And with their adherence to the imagined geography of Westeros, the authors also might actually outdo Alice Waters in local and seasonal cooking." -Newsweek
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Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer co-run Inn at the Crossroads, a popular food blog based on A Song of Ice and Fire. Both avid fans of the fantasy genre, they bring to the table a unique combination of artistry, historical knowledge, and love of food.
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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.
By the way, I strongly recommend the Sister's Stew. It is very easy to modify to suit your taste and is amazing. The flavor is quite unique, but I found the more I ate, the more I wanted.
The book often gives you the modern and medieval versions of each recipe. Even going as far as including the ACTUAL items they would use, like snake or pigeon and how to prep them. Certain items or ingredients not available to everyone? The book as common replacements for the medieval ingredients that would normally need to be used.