Ever get hungry when you’re reading the A Song of Ice And Fire series by George R.R. Martin? I know I do. The books are teeming with wonderful descriptions of food, and many a time have I found my stomach violently rumbling during those long hours of adventures in the Seven Kingdoms. Here’s a sample for you:
“Cersei set a tasty table, that could not be denied. They started with a creamy chestnut soup, crusty hot bread, and greens dressed with apples and pine nuts. Then came lamprey pie, honeyed ham, buttered carrots, white beans and bacon, and roast swan stuffed with mushrooms and oysters.”
I remember thinking: “Someone should make a cookbook out of this.” And you know what? Turns out I’m not the only one! Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer has created A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Offical Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, complete with a foreword by G.R.R. Martin himself.
This is a book that is so much to my taste it is almost too good to be true. I’d easily give it a 10/10 for the creative recipes, the research into medieval cookery to make the food as authentic as possible, the beautiful mouthwatering pictures – and for thoroughness. There are about 70 recipes, divided by region (the Wall, the North, King’s Landing, Dorne etc.), all extracted from a segment of the books, often with a medieval and a modern version of the same recipe. These are good fans, and true!
So – get the book for a mere $22, prepare to rest your loins and dine on Cream of Mushroom and Snail Soup, Beef and Bacon Pie, Rack of Lamb, Summer Greens Salad, Quails Drowned in Butter or Iced Blueberries in Sweet Cream. For the more daring: Dornish Snake with Fiery Sauce or (!) Honey-Spiced Locusts. Beverages to go with it: Lemonsweet, Iced Milk with Honey and – of course – Mulled Wine.
My version of “Breakfast at Winterfell”.
Oh, and do check in (pun intended) on the authors’ amazing blog The Inn at the Crossroads. It features plenty of recipes not found in the book, as well as great fan photos. You’ll also find menu suggestions for various holidays, if you want to do a whole feast.