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Something I’ve been wanting to do (and will get around to eventually) is review one of the cookbooks I got a while back. My partner bought it for me for Christmas 2018, and I’ve done a good batch of the recipes in it. So what is it?
The Elder Scrolls Cookbook
I love the Elder Scrolls games. I’m a huge nerd (if you haven’t noticed by now) and I spend quite a bit of time playing Elder Scrolls Online. I played the heck out of Skyrim, and Oblivion before it, and I’m waiting eagerly for whatever The Elder Scrolls 6 will be.
So, what’s in this book? It’s largely just a bunch of nordic-style recipes. Venison, risotto, mead, rustic cooking, you get the idea. There’s a sweetroll recipe, of course, because why wouldn’t there be.
I like the cookbook. It’s pretty high quality as a hardcover, full color pages, no printing issues. The only issues are some quirks with some of the recipes. One of them has an ingredient in the list that it doesn’t use, for example, and now and then there’s what seems like a skipped step. None of it is a problem, though, and the recipes turn out fine. One day I’ll get around to writing a full post to review it, so look forward to that!
So, what’s the point of this post? Here’s a list of some of the other gaming-themed (and gaming-adjacent) cookbooks I’m interested in checking out eventually. I’ve turned them into store links so you can buy them if you want. If you have one of them, feel free to let me know what you think!
Fallout: The Vault Dweller’s Official Cookbook
Fallout is an odd duck for me. As much as I love the Elder Scrolls games, and as much as they’re similar to the Fallout games, they’re different enough that I haven’t really gotten into them in the same way. Fallout is this weird 1930s retrofuture aesthetic with pre-packaged food that survived nuclear destruction. You’ve got mac and cheese, you’ve got pie that’s been stuck in a container for a century… and then you have a bunch of things like deathclaw stakes and gecko skewers.
So, you know, I’m sure they’ll use things like beef instead, but I’m cautiously interested. There are some pretty weird recipes, so hopefully they turn out better than the food in the actual game.
World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook
As much as I play fantasy MMOs, I never actually played World of Warcraft. At this point, it’s too much of a sunk cost to want to start, and anyways, I have enough other games to play.
That said, there are some good-looking recipes in this book. The desserts in particular are the kinds of recipes you might see show up on this blog eventually. This is by the same author as the Elder Scrolls (and several others on this list) so it’s going to be at least basically good. The Elder Scrolls book was her first, I think, so the rest should be more refined as well.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Cookbook
Star Wars is known for having such a huge extended canon that I’m amazed that there aren’t entire shelves full of Star Wars cookbooks. This is a pretty robust cookbook, though, inspired not just by Star Wars but by the Disney theme part attractions as well. Since Disney has restaurants in their parks, some of these might even be recipes they serve. I’m certainly interested, though I don’t know where I’ll be able to find blue milk…
Destiny: The Official Cookbook
Destiny is another one of those games that I play a lot, but unlike the RPGs, I never really thought about the food in it. It’s probably pretty reasonable, especially given that the showcase food on the cover is like, just fried chicken. I’m curious what they came up with for a game that doesn’t have a lot to do with food and doesn’t have a cooking minigame.
Overwatch: The Official Cookbook
I played Overwatch for a while, but like a lot of people, I fell off it when other things came out. That said, it has Ramen on the cover. I love ramen. All the heroes in the game have their own ethic backgrounds and personalities, so a series of recipes based on where they’re from seems interesting enough to try out. Plus, here again we have Chelsea at the helm, so it’s probably pretty good.
An Unexpected Cookbook
Out of all of the cookbooks on this list, this is the one I’m most skeptical about. On the one hand, Tolkien was the kind of guy who probably listed out the meals everyone ate every day of their adventures. On the other hand, this is one of the only Unofficial cookbooks here, and the quality of the cover and the Amazon listing aren’t really selling me.
That said, it looks like it could be a lot of fun, so I’m interested to give it a try.
My partner has read the collected works of Lovecraft, but I haven’t. I don’t know much directly about it beyond “there are big gribbly monsters from outside of space” and the usual stuff that infiltrated pop culture. Runes and spells and tentacles, and they all show up in the recipes, in presentation if not in ingredients.
But come on. That NAME! How can I pass it up?
Heroes’ Feast: The Official D&D Cookbook
Dungeons and Dragons is pretty much the most standard fare you can have in fantasy these days. I’m sure the recipes in this book are customized for different races and cultures in the game. I’m curious what all they’ve come up with. Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast tend to go pretty hard on their supplemental products, and this is an official cookbook. I’m not really interested in the booze recipes, but everything else, I’ll give a try.
A Feast of Ice and Fire
Game of Thrones has a surprising number of pages dedicated to descriptions of food. Lemoncakes are the one that became a bit of a meme online because of how often they come up, but there’s a lot of other food descriptions in there. You know, in between all the killing. Chelsea is back and G.R.R.M. wrote an intro, so this is probably going to be pretty good. The Winds of Winter? Maybe not so much.