The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Be

The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond

An Epic Culinary Journey to the Heart of Westeros! Eat like a Lannister. Brew spirits to warm you in the coming winter. Treat guests to exotic sweets and alchemy-inspired cocktails. With this collection of hearty meals inspired by George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, it’s all possible! Every dish finds its roots in the pages that brought Westeros to life, including: Arbor Red Wine—the finest spirit in the Seven Kingdoms The House of Stark’s Venison, Apple, Cheddar Plaits—savo

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  1. C. A. Coughlin Says:
    30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Skip this and buy the Official “Feast of Ice and Fire”, April 3, 2012
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    This review is from: The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond (Hardcover)

    Why you shouldn’t buy this book:
    From what I can tell, this book is a series of standard recipes taken from the publishers database of modern recipes – then some Westerosi names are slapped onto them. I mean… seriously… Direwolf Ale? They are likely some of the same recipes that appear in some of this publishers other unofficial cookbooks such as the one for the world of Harry Potter. It was then published unofficially and sent to stores a few months before the official cookbook just to sneak in some sales in before people know the true mistake of buying this book. I’m not really even sure how this book is legal to print, as to the best of my knowledge this book has even less permission than it does passion.

    What you should buy instead:
    The official cookbook: A Feast for Ice and Fire. The official book is full of researched medieval recipes and completely new recipes designed specifically based on the ingredients and flavors presented in the books. It is a book spawned from a blog that was started by two women who were truly passionate about the food presented in the Ice and Fire books. George R. R. Martin sanctioned their work and wrote a compelling introduction to the book (which I just got a chance to read this weekend) talking about the role of food in his novels and in his life. If the recipes in the book are anything like the blog – this book will take your tastebuds to Westeros!

    In short – if you want to eat a bunch of recipes procured from a publisher’s database that are designed to get on the market quickly and steal your money – If you’d rather drink Dire Wolf Ale than eat Sister’s Stew, then buy the Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook. But, if you want to taste the food of Westeros that has been passionately and diligently recreated by two chefs who love the books just as much as you – go buy the Feast of Ice and Fire.

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  2. David Krieger "Aghrivaine" Says:
    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Lack of pictures, generic recipes, April 12, 2012
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    David Krieger “Aghrivaine” (Venice, CA) –
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    This review is from: The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond (Kindle Edition)

    I was disappointed to find that the e-book version has no pictures or illustrations at all. I suppose with kindle, that’s a tricky proposition, but I regret buying this book as a result. I should have gotten the hardcover, I suppose.

    But, if you look at the sources for the recipes, you’ll find they’re all just copied from other, rather generic sources, and all from the same publisher. Slap a Westeros-inspired name on them, and hey-presto, you’ve got a “Game of Thrones” inspired cookbook. I do give it two stars, however, as the recipes seem to be legit, and the section on brewing was actually interesting. I don’t get a sense that these recipes are modified much, or even that the author really ever made them, not in the same way that the “Official” Inn At the Crossroads ladies have.

    So, if you want a bunch of modern recipes with fantasy names, but that could conceivably be Westeros dishes, I think you’d be well off giving this book a try. They’re not very medieval, but that’s for the best since Medieval cuisine was pretty nasty to our modern palates. I do wish there had been actual text citations in the recipes, but perhaps that’s a copyright issue.

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  3. Daniella Obraztsov Says:
    13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Interesting book – but wait for the official one!, March 25, 2012
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    Daniella Obraztsov (Kansas City, MO) –
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    This review is from: The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond (Hardcover)

    I am a diehard fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series, and buy pretty much anything released that is related to it. I was really excited about this cookbook. I haven’t cooked too much lately, and thought this could give me some inspiration. Most of the dishes are named after a character or location. MANY of the recipes are medieval-esque, as you may expect, so you need an open mind. Some are really bizarre and I think more of a joke. An example is the Khaleesi’s Heart (yuck!).

    WARNING: there are some minor SPOILERS or at least some that *allude* to spoilers. An example is Late Lord Frey’s Leek Soup. I would not read that recipe’s description until you’re done with the third book. Also, unless you have read all five books, some of the recipe names will be meaningless to you. An example is The Blind Girl’s Piping Hot Fish and Pepper Breakfast.

    WORST PART OF THIS BOOK – there are no pictures :( None. Not even one. Was very disappointed with that. Hence the 4 stars.

    This is how the recipes are broken down:

    Chapter 1 – Heroic Mornings: Breakfasts for Warriors
    16 recipes.
    Lots of biscuits, sausage, and bacon!

    Chapter 2 – A Morsel in a Moment: Appetizers and Snacks
    22 Recipes
    Here there are some odd recipes that you may or may not want to experiment with. Some notables are Ghiscari Spiced Honeyed Locusts (yes, real locusts), Desperate Travelers’ Acorn Paste, and Robert’s Fried Golden Goose Eggs.

    Chapter 3 – Something Off the Sideboard: Sides and Bread
    20 Recipes
    This is mostly vegetables and bread.

    Chapter 4 – Fireside Fare: Soups, Stews, and Salads
    28 Recipes
    Hope you like salads! Some notables are The Hand’s Daughter’s Pumpkin Soup, Wun Weg Wen Dar Wun’s Giant Salad, and Cersei’s Greens Dressed with Apples and Pine Nuts (yum!)

    Chapter 5 – Feast for Friends & Enemies: Main Courses
    38 Recipes
    The core of the book, and there is plenty. Lots of fish and meat, with some odd types of meat at that. Some of the strange ones are Bran Stark’s Pigeon Pie and Khaleesi’s Heart. However, most of these look pretty darn delicious, with some notables being Dothraki Duck, Brynden Tully’s Blackened Trout with Dornish Gremolata, Barristan the Bold’s Wild Boar Ribs with Dragon Pepper, and Crab of the North.

    Chapter 6 – Deceitful Delights: Desserts, Drinks, and “Poisonous” Cocktails
    30 Recipes
    Wow. Well, if you’ve read the books, you should know how much those Westerosi nobility love their alcohol, so this is to be expected. There are 12 dessert recipes, including Arya’s Lemon Cakes (YES! but it should be Sansa’s Lemon Cakes, those are her favorites), Samwell’s Blueberry Ricotta Tart, and The Vale Summer Berries and Cream Tart. The remaining 18 are all alcohol recipes, including wine, beer, and cocktails. Some very interesting ones are Tears of Lys (I’m too scared to try!), Manticore Venom, The Strangler, Direwolf Ale, Cersei’s Plum Wine, and Lannister Gold IPA.

    There is also an appendix that explains the standard brewing process.

    I would have LOVED some pictures, but this book is a decent reflection of dishes from the books, considering that it’s unofficial and all. I also like how every recipe has a “Word of Wisdom” snippet on the page that you gives you a helpful little tip. Definitely a good book if you don’t mind some interesting types of food!

    However, I have already pre-ordered A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, and since that is the OFFICIAL cookbook, I would recommend waiting for that. It was written with the assistance and approval of GRRM and will have more “authentic” asoiaf meals.

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