Eventually all fandoms collide. The Boston Phoenix brings news of what happens when the foodies meet the Game of Thrones:
“There’s a pig head in the pot,” Sariann Lehrer says, almost apologetically. She’s in a green apron, hovering over the stove in the Allston duplex she shares with Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, four more roommates, and two cats.
Lehrer’s boiling the head for the Inn at the Crossroads (innatthecrossroads.com), the blog she writes with Monroe-Cassel about the food from the George R. R. Martin epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. (Its tagline: “In the Game of Food, you win or you wash the dishes.”) The pair started the blog last March and secured a book deal to write the official Game of Thrones cookbook shortly thereafter. Bantam will publish A Feast of Ice and Fire later this month with an introduction by the author himself.
Martin’s frequent feast scenes — lavish, exhaustive iterations of dishes and libations — can last for pages. So when Lehrer and Monroe-Cassel embarked on their project to cook their way through his series, they had ample source material. Right now, they’re 200 recipes in. Today’s menu: jellied eel, pork pudding, and sugar skulls…
Harder to master: acquiring the esoteric meats Martin’s characters eat in the fictional realm of Westeros. A few months ago, Lehrer and Monroe-Cassel dispatched a friend to buy pigeons from a New York fresh-kill poultry shop. Today’s offerings have fewer food miles: the pig head came from Savenor’s Market, the eel from a grocery store in Fitchburg.
And there are some recipes even they won’t — or can’t — attempt. The swan Cersei serves Tyrion in Lannisport is out — illegal. Unborn puppies in plum sauce is right out, and while olives stuffed with maggots is probably legal, it’s definitely gross. On the other hand, the roasted horse meat favored by the Dothraki horse people is illegal, too, but it appeals to Lehrer and Monroe-Cassell immensely…
Something tells me that John Cole, despite his enthusiasm for Game of Thrones, will not be using this cookbook for his next “all my drunk friends showed up unannounced” gathering. But if you’re interested in trying Aurochs with Roasted Leeks, or Tyroshi Honeyfingers, the cookbook is available for pre-order (see our Amazon link to the right).