There Are TWO Game Of Thrones Cookbooks

Unsheathe thy sword, valiant soldier! Go forth into the wilderness, slay a formidable beast and tonight we shall dine like kings. Er, I mean, season two is here, so let's make mead and and cook up recipes from this batch of Game of Thrones cookbooks.

Let's begin with A Feast of Ice and Fire by food bloggers Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer. It's officially sanctioned, but unfortunately, the $US35 book it won't be out till May 29. When it's out you'll be able to enjoy such delicacies as:

  • The Wall: Rack of Lamb and Herbs; Pork Pie; Mutton in Onion-Ale Broth; Mulled Wine; Pease Porridge
  • The North: Beef and Bacon Pie; Honeyed Chicken; Aurochs with Roasted Leeks; Baked Apples
  • The South: Cream Swans; Trout Wrapped in Bacon; Stewed Rabbit; Sister's Stew; Blueberry Tarts
  • King's Landing: Lemon Cakes; Quails Drowned in Butter; Almond Crusted Trout; Bowls of Brown; Iced Milk with Honey
  • Dorne: Stuffed Grape Leaves; Duck with Lemons; Chickpea Paste
  • Across the Narrow Sea: Biscuits and Bacon; Tyroshi Honeyfingers; Wintercakes; Honey-Spiced Locusts

If you aren't willing to wait until almost June to get your Game of Thrones cuisine a cooking, The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook by Alan Kistler will be available next week. Here's a sampling of the recipes:

  • Arbor Red Wine-the finest spirit in the Seven Kingdoms
  • The House of Stark's Venison, Apple, Cheddar Plaits-savory meat pies, fit for any Warden of the North
  • The Imp's Wild Strawberry Fool-a dessert light enough to make Tyrion smile
  • Wilding Grilled Pork Chops with Stir-Grilled Apples-the meal of choice at Craster's Keep
  • Tears of Lys-the concoction of choice for bartenders and assassins alike

Two options, how wonderful. There's nothing better than enjoying my fantasy novels repackaged as television with fantasy novels repackaged as television repackaged as cookbooks. [San Jose Mercury NewsThanks to Sarah Brown!]


Comments

    Something tells me neither of these writers ever read the books. None of the book recipes (and boy are there many) are half as ridiculous and "look at me, medieval food!" as these.

    "Wilding Grilled Pork Chops with Stir-Grilled Apples-the meal of choice at Craster’s Keep"

    Even a fairly casual fan should realise just how wrong this is. Want to be authentic GRRM? How about lemoncakes with a side of rape entree.

      LOL. Followed by Incestuous Ice-cream for dessert.

    Not true, Steve! The Official cookbook was born out of a fan food blog (www.innatthecrossroads.com), and the food comes directly from the books. We took into account region, what would have been available in a quasi-medieval world such as Martin's and what actually existed in our own culinary history. Many of the recipes also feature side by side comparisons of medieval and modern versions of one dish. So come stop by the Inn, try a few things, and let us know what you think! :)

      My impression, is that from all these recipes, only the King's Landing ones are somewhat accurate and that's because of the sheer decadence of the royal court. Every other occasion in which food is mentioned (even a relatively affluent lord's table), it's quite spartan in comparison.

      The second you get down to 'normal food for normal people' (Night's Watch, Craster, Wilding).... Yeah, I don't think pork chops or stir-grilled apples is exactly accurate, especially when the guy is practically murdered in the book over a side of ratty bacon. Highly uncharacteristic.

        I couldn't agree with you more about the unofficial cookbook. Many (most) of the recipes seem to be pulled from the publisher's database, changed in some minor way, then get a Westerosi name tacked on. The exact same recipe for root soup, for example, is in both the unofficial GoT cookbook, and the unofficial Hunger Games cookbook, the latter of which was clearly not researched (bananas in District 12? NO.).

        By contrast, the Official GoT cookbook has direct quotes from the books, and each recipe is made only with ingredients that would be found in that region. We're pretty obsessive fans, first and foremost of the books, and strived to stay as true to them as possible. For example, you won't find tomatoes or potatoes anywhere in our book, because GRRM never mentions them, and we only use seasonings on The Wall that are directly described or are feasible given their resources, location, etc. The result, we hope, is a collection of recipes that absolutely could have been made and enjoyed in Westeros.

          Fair enough, probably spoke too soon. There are a lot of restaurants these days offering outlandish 'medieval' menus to cash in on the popularity series which have little or nothing to do with either series or books and are gimmicky as hell.

          Will probably give the official one a looksee, but cheers for clearing up the confusion.

            My pleasure! Sorry if I seemed a little brusque; I've been a huge fan of the books for more than ten years at this point, and have been cooking the foods for more than a year. We are incredibly proud of what we've created, and just want to get proper credit where it's due.

            We're ramping up the brewing section of the blog soon, too, so be sure to stop by in the next couple of months to check that out... ;)

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