Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Feast of Ice and Fire

A Feast of Ice & Fire
This is a beautiful, beautiful book. It's a cookbook based on meals referenced in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, with beautiful photographs and reasonably authentic recipes. There's a nice introduction by Martin himself. The recipes are arranged by region -- the Wall, the North, Southron lands, etc. -- and most dishes have both an authentic medieval recipe and a version that would be more in tune with modern tastes. Quotations are given from both Martin's books (where the particular food is mentioned) and the reference source for the recipe.

(The medieval recipes are from medieval Europe of course, and the Ice and Fire series is actually set in a fantasy world that closely approximates it, so you can't really say that they're 100% authentic. And there are differences between the worlds. Martin's world seems to have potatoes and peppers, for example, which didn't come to Europe until a bit later. But still, the two worlds are extremely similar.)

This would make a terrific Christmas gift for:

  •     George R. R. Martin fans
  •     Fans of the TV series, Game of Thrones
  •     "Renaissance" people -- fans of Renaissance Faires, Society for Creative Anachronism people, etc.
  •     Foodies and Gourmets
  •     People who like to cook
  •     Anyone who likes food

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