Summer Cookout Inspiration from ‘Game of Thrones’

Looking to have a few out-of-the-ordinary (and maybe even literary) barbeques this summer? A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook just might be the inspiration you’re looking for.

If you’re like most of the country, you’ve either read the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R. R. Martin, watched the Game of Thrones HBO series based on them or you’ve devoured both. While the TV show brings much of the novels to life, there’s always been something missing: Martin’s vividly mouth-watering descriptions of food.

Take for instance the following:

“Later came sweetbreads and pigeon pie and baked apples fragrant with cinnamon and lemon cakes frosted in sugar, but by then Sansa was so stuffed that she could not manage more than two little lemon cakes, as much as she loved them. “ -A Game of Thrones

This is where A Feast of Ice and Fire comes in. It started as Inn at the Crossroads, a blog run by food lovers and passionate fans of the books Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer. The blog documents the pair’s attempts to recreate the medieval-inspired dishes described in the books. The cookbook lays out more than 100 delicious recipes straight from the pages of your favorite GRRM books, many of which are based on 15th-century manuscripts and adapted for the 21st-century kitchen.

So this summer, why not try out a few recipes from this inventive new cookbook? I think this Meal at the Inn, a sprawling feast of grilled skewers and bread, would be as perfect for your Memorial Day barbeque as it is for Ser Rodrik in A Game of Thrones. Enjoy!

A Feast of Ice and Fire is currently available for preorder, and is officially on sale May 29, wherever books are sold.


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