Recently, a love for cooking as taken hold of me that started with The Hunger Games Unofficial Cookbook. So a few weeks ago I received the The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond written by Alan Kistler for review. We over here LOVE the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, and we love the hit HBO series based on it. So when I got the chance to review this cookbook, I was stoked.
The cookbook is broken up into chapters/sections for different types of food. I love this because when trying to decide on something to make, I enjoyed being able to just flip to the dinner section or breakfast section. Like 40 percent of this book has recipes that include bacon… and that made me happy (although I do substitute with turkey bacon, but it was still delicious).
The chapters included:
- Chapter 1 – Heroic Mornings: Breakfasts for Warriors
- 16 recipes mostly egg, oat, and bacon recipes.
- Chapter 2 – A Morsel in a Moment: Appetizers and Snacks
- 22 Recipes, there were some definite interesting recipes in here, but some of them seemed interesting.
- Chapter 3 – Something Off the Sideboard: Sides and Bread
- 20 Recipes, bread recipes are my favorite and this one has a ton.
- Chapter 4 – Fireside Fare: Soups, Stews, and Salads
- 28 Recipes, and the section of which I made the most recipes.
- Chapter 5 – Feast for Friends & Enemies: Main Courses
- 38 Recipes, Lots of meat and hearty recipes.
- Chapter 6 – Deceitful Delights: Desserts, Drinks, and “Poisonous” Cocktails
- 30 Recipes, my second favorite section because of its cocktails recipes.
There is also an appendix that explains the standard brewing process.
There was a lot that I enjoyed about the cookbook. Thankfully, there were only a few things that I didn’t like. I am not a fish eater, at all. No one in my household is either and unfortunately there are several fish/seafood recipes. But given it is supposed to reflect the time period, where fish eating is prevalent, I couldn’t complain. I also wished there were more chicken recipes. The one I wanted to try to the most, “Ghost’s Chicken” I wasn’t able to make because I didn’t have a dutch oven. Other than those few things, I really enjoyed the book.
Each recipe has a snippet from the novels above it, telling you where the type of food was mentioned and why it was important. I love this touch because it gives the reader a bigger connection to the story. Each recipe also has a “words of wisdom” section that gives you small helpful hints, or options for substituting ingredients. I found these very helpful.
The first thing I made was the “The Hand’s Daughter’s Pumpkin Soup.” I loved it, although, I did put to much onion in the recipe. But it was easy and nice to enjoy on a cool night at home.
I also really wanted to make some of the cocktails, but since I am not much of a drinker, I only got around to making one, “The Strangler” (although I do plan to make “Manticore Venom” soon). I loved that they included an alcoholic beverage section. Watching and reading the series, wine and drinks play a HUGE role in the story. So, its only fitting that there are recipes to fit the theme. Some of the other recipes for cocktails and alcoholic drinks included: Tears of Lys, Manticore Venom, The Strangler, Direwolf Ale, Cersei’s Plum Wine, and Lannister Gold IPA.
I went on a quest to find crumpet/muffin rings to make the most delicious sounding recipes, “Arya’s Lemon Cakes.” However, I have yet to win that, but I have to say the recipe sounds fantastic.
One of the more delicious recipes I made out of the book was The Wall’s Breakfast Loaf. It was a large bread recipe that included fruit and spices baked into it. It took me a large chuck of the day to make but it was really good when it was finished. I ate some for breakfast and brought to remainder in to my office to eat, and it was gone within minutes. Very successful.
The stew recipes all seemed very delicious so I made one of them that turned out very delicious as well. The only problem was that the cayenne pepper used in the recipe was a little much for those who don’t like a spicier/hotter flavor.
But some of the recipes were just weird, and I don’t know if anyone would have eaten them (such as Bran Stark’s Pigeon Pie and Khaleesi’s Heart: this one is made with a real cow heart…. ugh).
Overall, there were some really great recipes. My favorites definitely were the breakfast, desert, and stews/soups recipes. It should be noted, however, this is definitely not the cookbook for those with picky eaters, or vegetarians in their life. I would recommend this to any “Game of Thrones” fan who wants to try something new.
Note: Review item provided in partner with this review.