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A Feast of Ice and Fire Hardcover – 29 May 2012


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (29 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007488505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007488506
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer Martin co-run Inn at the Crossroads, a popular food blog based on A Song of Ice and Fire. Both avid fans of the fantasy genre, they bring to the table a unique combination of artistry, historical knowledge, and love of food.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Korlis on 18 July 2012
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It's barely worth mentioning at this point that George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series is full of references to and long descriptions of food. Important scenes frequently revolve around banquets, and even minor meals will often get more than their fair share of explanation. Writers/Cooks Chelsea and Sariann of foodie blog Inn at the Crossroads have taken all that fantasy food as inspiration for Ice and fire-style meals, providing recipes not only for some of the things actually described in the books but also using them as jumping off points to come up with other, fitting dishes.

To me, the best part about the book may be that it's not just a case of "How can we most closely create that dish as described?", but that those fictional meals have been built upon using recipes dug up from all sorts of odd places. The book is filled with quotes from medieval cookbooks, generally in French, German, or old English, that act as the foundations for the meal in question. Many of the recipes have two versions: a "medieval" recipe that tries to stick closely to those older origins, and a "modern" version that's often a bit more familiar. So far I've found I prefer the medieval recipes, which tend to be a bit heavier and heartier.

For a Thrones fan who enjoys cooking, this is more or less the perfect recipe book; but it's also great for anyone who likes big, meaty meals, fit for a Baratheon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By r.c.m on 6 Sep 2012
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Very god book and quick delivery!!! The book has medieval recipes (which appear to be a lot simpler for people who don't have the random bits of spices etc in their cupboards and which can make a simple looking meal turn out to be quite expensive) as well as the modern version of the meal. Very nice to have the 2 options to pick from for cooking a similar meal. With lovely little extracts from the game of thrones book relating to the recipes and beautiful pictures as well. A recipe book that got used rather than just added to the shelf!!
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This is a really informative, interesting and fun book to have. Like Chelsea and Sariann, I am a big fan of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and have been for many years before Game of Thrones was produced, so once I found out about this book, the question I asked myself was not "Should I buy it?" but "When can I justify buying it?" I tried a few recipes from the blog first but some recipes were in the book alone, so I knew I needed access to both! Fortunately I decided to buy the book a few months ago and I have not regretted it.

The recipes are easy to follow, the book is laid out brilliantly and the pictures are perfect. I love how Chelsea and Sariann compare historical versions of their dishes to modern variants. I have made quite a few dishes from the book now and all have turned out well.

The only problem for me is that this book was produced by Americans,. As the measurements are done under the American system, I, as a Briton. need to use the conversion charts when I want to make something from this book, or guess at the quantities! The other issue related to that is the fact that a lot of the ingredients are not widely available in British stores, or have different names. it's fairly easy to improvise though. I contacted the authors via the blog and Chelsea said she would consider putting up a conversion chart on the blog for the British fans.

On the whole, this is a brilliant book and I look forward to many years of faux-medieval feasting!
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Loads of inviting recipes that cater to every season, occaision, course, mealtime and taste. The recipes are tasty and range from the extravagant, to the adventurous, to the everyday and even includes making drinks!

It's a hardback with glossy pages and brilliant photographs. The major feature of this book is that they are not hit and miss recipes twisted round in an attempt to resemble the literature - the authors did an amazing job of sourcing authentic recipes. In fact, the book is presented with two versions of each dish - the original and the modern. The original dishes are usually labelled as ancient Roman or mediaeval Elizabethan and are surprisingly delicious, inviting and not that difficult to get ingredients for. The modern versions can be less hassle and are sufficiently different to the originals to give you choice.

The sign of a good cookbook is if it changes the way you eat. I can safely say that ancient Rome and mediaeval food are a part of my repertoire and that's not going to change. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to cook, whether you're looking for inventive meals or if you want to be able to cook the mainstays, it really is that varied. Oh and if you just salivated over the food in the books and wanted to see what they really look like, the book's for you, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Gregory on 3 Jan 2013
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what a marvelous piece of work this is.
bringing you into work edible world of game of thrones.
I've already made half the recipes from this book and and fully satisfied!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Millman on 28 July 2012
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I bought this for a friend's birthday who's obsessed with a Song of Ice and Fire. I like the series too, so I could appreciate how great this book is. Not only does it include recipes for foods that are directly mentioned in the books, but it also has many real-life medieval versions which are fascinating to compare. The illustrations are lovely, as are the background notes and information provided by the authors.
I really didn't want to give this away. Even though I am not a good cook, I could definitely read this just for fun. You can really feel the authors' passion for the books and their work, and it makes for a great read. The only reason I've knocked off a star is the fact that some of the recipes seem quite complex and at times impractical (as I recall one even involves locusts...), but as I've mentioned previously I'm a useless chef so perhaps I'm not one to judge.
A must for any George R.R. Martin fan.
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