I've been eyeballing this cookbook for far to long and finally pulled the trigger on it. A Feast of Ice & Fire is the official companion cookbook to the cable television phenom A Game Of Thrones. A lot of thought and research went into this book and it has surpassed my expectations.
The book is a compendium of medieval recipes. The original recipes are written first, many of which have difficult to impossible ingredients to find. Impossible because the animal used is now extinct. The original recipes and techniques are followed with modern interpretations making them available to all of us 21st century folks. Some recipes may not fit well with today's pallets. These also have modernized versions. An example would be Poudre Forte or "Strong Powder". A commonly used spice mixture in the Middle Ages. Yes, there are even desserts.
Post by BBQ Butcher on May 23, 2017 6:58:19 GMT -5
That sounds neat, I'm sure you will enjoy it
Since high school I've been a fan of Rex Stout's "Nero Wolfe", a detective and gourmand. I picked up his cook book and have made several dishes, usually breakfast, over the years. So far I've been able to find most of the ingredients, but not all
A one-of-its-kind, high-cuisine cookbook that reproduces authentic recipes for many of the fine dishes mentioned in Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries. Spiced with quotes from memorable Nero Wolfe whodunits and photos that recall New York in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.
Now you're talking! I like the way you think. That looks interesting. Especially so since the recipes turn out well.
I'm thinking of trying Aurochs Roasted with Leeks and served with Medieval Black Pepper Sauce. The modernized version substitutes bison or beef for the now extinct auroch (pronounced "aur-ox"), the animal depicted in the 17,000 year old cave paintings in Lascaux, France.
"Aurochs once ranged across Europe and much of Asia. A combination of hunting and conversion of wild pastures to farmland reduced Europe’s wild aurochs to a small remnant population in a Polish forest, where it was protected by royal order until the last one died in 1628. For more than a century, the Polish royal family tried to save the aurochs, giving villagers tax breaks for cutting hay and feeding them in the winter. But political instability, domestic cattle diseases and other threats finally rendered Europe’s early attempt at wildlife conservation a failure."
Ahhhhhh.... you got me. On your recommendation, and after reading many Amazon reviews, I couldn't stop my treasonous finger from pressing the order button. A used copy in "Very good" condition is headed my way.