Out of the three cookbooks I have tried so far, this one is the most honest to the content that it’s based on…in this case, the “Song of Ice and Fire” book series.
Each recipe includes a direct quote from the book so you can see which moment it came from. While some recipes might vary a little bit from the exact written description, most are spot on.
If you want to be really authentic, follow the medieval versions of each recipe. But be warned! Since they are from the medieval times, they will not all appeal to our modern taste buds. I didn’t do a review of the Medieval Beef and Bacon Pie this month, but I’ve tried it before, and combining figs and dates with beef and bacon just doesn’t do it for me.
The recipes vary in difficulty, though most are about average. I did find a couple of instructions that were vague, such as the Poached Pears, but most were detailed enough for any cook to get a solid understanding of each step.
The costs were mostly average as well, though I do feel like there were more expensive items overall in this cookbook than with the True Blood and The Walking Dead cookbooks. I think it’s because a lot of the recipes include wine as an ingredient.
I’m saving a whopping total of 10 recipes from this cookbook! For both previous cookbooks I only ended up saving 5 recipes from each. So that means about 50% of the recipes in this cookbook…or at least of the recipes I tried in this cookbook… were absolutely amazing! Here are the recipes I’m keeping:
- Crusty White Bread (from The Wall/The North)
- Sweetcorn Fritters (From King’s Landing)
- Modern Flatbread (from Dorne)
- Modern Chickpea Paste (from Dorne)
- Modern Bean-and-Bacon Soup (from The Wall)
- Modern Leek Soup (from The South)
- Medieval Baked Apples (from The North)
- Elizabethan Lemon Cakes (from King’s Landing)
- Modern Lemonsweet (from Dorne)
- Modern Iced Green Minty Drink (from Across the Narrow Sea)
Honorary Mention 1: the bread fried in butter as part of the Breakfast on the Wall. We’ve been cooking our toast like this every weekend since (because it’s totally acceptable to eat those kinds of calories on the weekend, am I right?).
Honorary Mention 2: Breakfast at Winterfell. This one was very close to being a 10/10, and if you ask my husband, he’ll insist it should have made the list.
If you’d like to try out the cookbook for yourself, you can buy it here!
The show is available on HBO (if you haven’t tried it yet, an HBO Now subscription is about $15/month and you can get the first week free through Amazon).
And finally, if you’d like to read the books that these recipes were specifically based off of, you can buy the series here. But again, not all of the books have been released yet!