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Wow! This exceeded my expectations! Good solid time, lots of great pictures and illustrations plus a great variety of familiar Elder Scrolls recipes with guidance on obtaining 'local' substitutes. A lot of the recipes use a spice mix you make like Storm cloak seasoning and you may have to get some components from a specialist spice shop but can't wait to get it all in and have a go. Cuz what do you do if someone steals your sweet roll? Put an arrow in their knee and make some more ;-)
As the person who gifted this to a family member, I had to sneak a peak before gifting it. I was pleasantly surprised to find real recipes which sounded "do-able" and very tasty. The ingredients also looked really easy to source. Did I mention that the gift recipient was also very grateful and was menu planning already? A very good buy!
Writing my first review because no one has mentioned this yet. This food tastes sooo good! Being a family of gaming nerds I thought it was more of a gimmicky fun book than a cookbook. Every recipe I've made has been a huge hit at out house. My husband took sweet rolls to work and had to fight off coworkers wanting to eat them. My kids have their friends come over to have some too! The spices conbinations taste like they are exotic from another world. I'm going to try the other books now and throw out all my old cookbooks!
The recipes are pretty fun (from the perspective of a longtime Elder Scrolls fan and experienced cook), but I am disappointed at the bad editing of the recipes. Close to half a dozen recipes omit ingredients in the methods when they are listed in ingredients (Canis Root Tea), call for ingredients in the methods that are not in the ingredients list (Honeycomb), or call for rest times in the overview section when it isn't mentioned in methods (Meadow Bread). There were a few others but this is what came to mind off hand.
This isn't a dealbreaker for me. It's kind of standard for a lot of cookbooks these days. None of the recipes are truly "broken" (we call it a glitch, Bethesda calls it a feature) and can be made with minimal modification.
This may be a game tie-in cook book, but it is full of real recipes that taste great. Chelsea Monroe-Cassel has done a wonderful job adding Elder Scroll's flair to recipes like Costal Clam Chowder, Leek and Cheese Crostata, and Companions Meatball Bake.
Each recipe has a little introductory paragraph or two that ties it into the game world. For example, the recipe for Chicken Dumplings talks about how it is a a favourite at inns across Skyrim. Below this introduction is a level rating, which tells you how difficult the recipe is to make. (The vast majority of the recipes aren't too difficult at all. A few, especially those with pastry, could be tricky for novice chefs.) And, below that, are the stats re. cooking time, servings, and what the recipe pairs well with.
The ingredients list and directions are clearly written, and each recipe is beautifully photographed. There is no nutrition information though, which is the only fault I can find with this book.
The book begins with an introduction to Tamriel and the races that live there as well as some of their celebrations. The next section covers spices mixes that are used throughout the book, along with dough recipes, etc. The Sides, Starters, & Snacks section has some great recipes including Hot Mudcrab Dip. This is followed by Baked Goods; Soups & Stews; Main Courses; Desserts; and finally a section on Drinks.
There is a short appendix dealing with dietary considerations, which lists which recipes are suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free eaters without any alterations.
Overall, this is not only a lovey book to read and look at, it is also a very good cook book full of tasty recipes.
Was beyond excited to get this, introduce my daughter to foods I've seen in games for the past 20 years. She finds the honey brittle and wants to make it. We start getting everything ready, heating up the honey and sugar. Then it says "add the water" that's it. Provides no amount of water to add. We winged it and used 1 cup and its garbage and didnt work. There is no mention of how much water to use anywhere. There needs to be a revision