In preparation for season six of Game of Thrones, I ran a search of themed recipes. Imagine my surprise when the biggest hits were all from a blog called: Inn at the Crossroads. Talk about taking cooking and the foodie lifestyle to a completely other Realm! Seeing they had released a gorgeously curated cookbook, I immediately borrowed it from the local library to do a little analog recipe research. Y’all better prepare those carrier birds because ravens cannot carry this news! No dark wings, dark words apply!
Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer have crafted the perfect storm of A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF) dining references, historical recipes, and modern interpretations in A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook. In a sphere where there are plenty of unoffical cookbooks, A Feast of Ice and Fire not only received the “OFFICIAL” endorsement, but contains a full multi-page introduction by George R. R. Martin (GRRM) himself! Published in 2012, the collection spans the wide variety of foods mentions from all five of the released GRRM novels, from Game of Thrones (1996) to A Dance with Dragons (2011).
- Recipes divided by the regions, starting at The Wall and working south Across the Narrow Sea
- Recipes organized starting with breakfast and concluding with night caps and desserts.
- Item introduction include the literary references from The Song of Ice and Fire series (including which books the plate is cited)
- Traditional and Modern versions for nearly every dish
- Includes suggesting recipe pairings, beverage pairings, and suggested dinner party menus by location
- Style tips for your own table feast are also provided
- Majority of recipes are designed to serve 4-6 (minimum)
- Recipe edits would be necessary to accommodate food intolerances, allergies, and preferences (vegetarian, paleo) but this is common with just about EVERY cookbook.
- Stomach growl-inducing, gloriously staged photos (I made the mistake of flicking through the book while hungry)
- Some of the recipes are a little complicated, and may take several attempts to perfect.
So many wonderful recipes and no remaining renewals of the book!
Not only as a fan of GRRM’s beloved Song of Ice & Fire series and its live action portrayal as HBO’s Game of Thrones, the extensive historical research with regard to the recipes. If I only purchase one cookbook for the rest of the year, I would definitely like to obtain this one as well as the From the Sands of Dorne companion eCookbook (including a recipe from the forthcoming sixth novel, The Winds of Winter!)
Throughout season six of (the HBO interpretation of) The Winds of Winter, I will try to cook a recipe or two each Sunday. This Sunday, I will temporarily take the black and start at The Wall. The biggest challenge is keeping my eyes from being bigger than my stomach as I don’t have The Iron Bank of Braavos backing my kitchen experimentation.
Answer Me, These Questions Three
- Have you ever bought or used a nerdy cookbook or blog recipes?
- Have you (re)watched Game of Thrones and/or read the books?
- Does Jon Snow truly know nothing? Or is it just a ruse?
In Lil House of the Nerdy, we raise our banners with House Stark. #TheNorthRemembers