This evening they had supped on oxtail soup, summer greens tossed with pecans, grapes, red fennel, and crumbled cheese, hot crab pie, spiced squash, and quails drowned in butter. Lord Janos allowed that he had never eaten half so well. – A Clash of Kings
Every Sunday night, my friends and I gather at one of our respective houses to cook a delicious meal, open a bottle of wine or two, and enjoy each other’s company before bidding adieu to the weekend. And then, once we are all stuffed, we settle into the couch for the newest episode of “A Game of Thrones.”
This Sunday will be different. Not only is it the season 2 finale of GoT, I JUST received my pre-ordered copy of “A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook.”
DISCLAIMER: The publisher didn’t send me a copy of the book in exchange for coverage, and HBO surely didn’t reach out to me to help spread the word. I’m just a nerd. I ordered it online and anxiously hoped it would arrive before this weekend.
Most of you have probably heard of the series, many of you likely watch the show, and even fewer of you have actually read “A Song of Fire and Ice”, the George R. R. Martin books upon which the show is based. But those of you who have read the epic fantasy series know what fans of only the show do not: Martin is a huge foodie, and spends many a paragraph detailing the various regional cuisines of the seven kingdoms, often in mouth-watering detail.
My original plan was to take my new cookbook, try my hand at the medieval goodies, and post some pictures of the feast. But, by then, the finale would have passed and some of you wouldn’t have had the chance to throw a Game of Thrones party of your own this weekend. So, this isn’t a review, as I have yet to actually cook anything out of here, but more of a heads up to any GoT foodies looking to host a feast this Sunday.
What began as Inn at the Crossroads, a blog dedicated to authors Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer attempts at recreating the medieval dishes detailed in the books, blossomed into a full-on cookbook, including Martin’s stamp of approval. The book features over 100 recipes, and many include both the traditional medieval version of a dish as well as a modernized take.
The book is broken up according to the respective kingdoms from which the dishes hail, from the hearty gut-sticking comfort foods of Winterfell to the lighter fare from The South and Kings Landing. Inside, you’ll find recipes for the more accessible fare like lemon cakes (Sansa’s favorite), iced blueberries with sweet cream, and almond crusted trout to the more outlandish dishes like honey-spiced locusts and pigeon pie (and yes, pigeon is an actual ingredient.)
I have not decided on my menu yet, though some sort of large roast will surely be involved, but I’m excited to try this out. I’m thinking I have no choice but to go medieval this weekend; I can leave the modernized recipes for later.
If you don’t already have your own copy, it will likely be too late to order one online in time for the finale. You could luck out and find a copy in a bookstore, but that would involve being lucky enough to find a bookstore that is still open. iPad and Kindle owners can download the cookbook in time though.
Am I the only one diving headfirst into the cuisine of the Seven Kingdoms this weekend?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog