“Robert Baratheon took a long swallow of beer, tossed the empty horn onto his sleeping furs, wiped his mouth with the back of his hand, and said darkly, ‘Fat? Fat, is it? Is that how you speak to your king?’ He let go his laughter, sudden as a storm. ‘Ah, damn you, Ned, why are you always right?’” — A Game of Thrones
On May 29, Random House will release the official Game of Thrones cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire, created by amateur chefs and longtime fans of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series (1991- ), Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer. A Feast of Ice and Fire will include over 100 recipes from the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, including delicacies from King’s Landing, exotic fare from the lands east of Westeros, and the warming comfort foods of Winterfell.
The cookbook originated as a blog by Monroe-Cassel and Lehrer, entitled The Inn at the Crossroads: In the Game of Food, you win or you wash the dishes. The blog began when the women decided to make a dinner based on one of the dishes discussed in A Song of Ice and Fire, and, in their words, “the whole thing sort of snowballed out of control” after that.
Most of the posts on the blog include both a modern recipe and a medieval, Roman, or Elizabethan-esque companion recipe to get closer to the “feel” of the fictional time period Martin constructs in his series. The authors state that this tactic, “not only showcases how tastes have changed over the centuries, but also introduces readers to some amazing historical recipes that often outshine their modern counterparts.” Monroe-Cassel and Lehrer include substitutions for the fantastical ingredients included in the series, such as camel and dragon eggs, to create more “realistic” dishes that are still sure to please even the most avid fan.
The blog formerly hosted a majority of recipes that can be found in A Feast of Ice and Fire that have been removed due to copyright issues, though there are still a great many recipes available on The Inn at the Crossroads website, including Sansa’s favored lemon cakes, Maester Luwin’s “sweet, dreamless sleep” infusion and the beef and bacon pies Jon Snow longs for in A Game of Thrones.
And, of course, there are several recipes for the medieval fruit tarts that Arya Stark hungrily covets when she finds herself misplaced in the series’ first installment: “A man was pushing a load of tarts by on a two-wheeled cart, the smells sang of blueberries and lemons and apricots. Her stomach made a hollow rumbly noise. ‘Could I have one?’ she heard herself say.”
The cookbook will also include a guide to entertaining in the style of each region in A Song of Ice and Fire and an introduction by George R. R. Martin. From the pork pie of The Wall to the cream swans of The South, and the honey-spiced locusts found Across the Narrow Sea, Martin fans and aspiring chefs alike will be delighted by this ambitious project.