Monday, March 7, 2022

A Feast of Ice and Fire: A Cookbook Review

Tell me I'm not the only one with a small collection of book themed cookbooks....right?

I'm a homeschooling mom of an amazing second grader, and the last few weeks we've been studying medieval history.  One of my favorite things do with my boy is to explore what we study with food, so of course I had to find some medieval recipes to go along with our studies.  What I ran across were lots of recipes with weird, what's galingale, or why does the recipe say to cook it in a coffin? Don't worry I googled the answers.

I found an unlikely book that was well researched that proved an entertaining and easy way to show my son medieval spices while comparing it our modern blends. And ya'll...I learned why white people put raisins in everything...apparently we've been doing it for hundreds (or more) years.

A Feast of Ice and Fire Cookbook by Chelsea Monrole-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer was perfect for our studies.  We purchased this book a few years ago, after we got the Elder Scrolls Cookbook. My husband is a developer at the Elder Scrolls online, and we enjoyed that book so much we had to get the Ice and Fire too. 

First we made these medieval apple cakes. First she quotes Game of Thrones, when Jon breaks his fast with applecakes and blood sausage with Samwell Tarly....but my inner history geek squealed when she also quoted Ein Buch Von Guter Spise, from 1350. Then next to this recipe she has a modern apple cake recipe that resembles an apple muffin.  We didn't make those, but we talked about the differences between modern apple spices, and the Poudre Forte mix she has in her book.  

We waited until the weekend to make our next recipe so we could all sit down and enjoy a family medieval style dinner. The next recipe we tried was her Aurochs Roasted with Leeks....aka, Roasted Beef with Carrots and Leeks. I regret not pairing this with her Onions in Gravy recipe, however we did try her Medieval Black Pepper was not my thing, but it was still fun to try something new.

If you liked Game of Thrones, love to try new food, and love history you might really enjoy A feast of Ice and Fire She has written quite a few books for video games, including Elder Scrolls, and World of Warcraft, and even has a one for Star Trek coming out later this year. Since I am currently reading The Hobbit with my little guy right now, I might as well try and snag The Shire Cookbook....if I'm lucky enough to find it that is.

Disclaimer: I purchased this book on my own out of pure joy, geekery of history, food and good books. There are Amazon links, should you choose to click on them they will not cost you anything, but may give my blog a small monetary kick back if you choose to purchase anything. 

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