The Art of Darkness

The Inn at the Crossroads

December 1st, 2011 by Cobwebs

Grilled SnakeGeorge R.R. Martin writes about food in his A Song of Ice and Fire books. A lot. A whooole lot. So the obvious thing to do is to re-create every dish mentioned in the series and then blog about it.*

The Inn at the Crossroads is taking a very scholarly approach to the subject, carefully reading the descriptions of the foods and then reverse-engineering them. They use a lot of Medieval cookbooks and techniques, so even if you don’t read Martin the site is worth a look as a period cooking resource.

They’ve also got recipes for interesting foodstuffs like grilled snake and honey-spiced crickets, which should appeal to the more adventurous. They generally provide information on their sources, so if you’ve ever wondered where to procure rattlesnake meat, you need look no further.

The site is wonderfully engaging, even if you never make any of the recipes. Food geeks should definitely check this one out.

(via BoingBoing)


*Y’know, before the Internet, people with weirdly obsessive hobbies toiled along in obscurity instead of being able to share the fruits of their labor with the world. Those were dark times.

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3 Responses

  1. Janice Says:

    I agree. Those were dark times. I have just the foodies to send this to — thank you!!!

  2. Sisifo Says:

    I’m going to have to try their spit-roasted rabbit. I’m so hungry right now.

  3. xJane Says:

    My friends mock me because our GoT parties center around GRRM’s food (often via the Inn) and I do not remember food in his books. Apparently, that was the boring part that I skimmed to get at dialogue and, you know, dragons.

    *When explaining “podcasts” to anyone who asked, I used to say, “If there is an interest you have, chances are that someone out there shares that interest…and has made a podcast about it.” I would then amaze them by finding a million podcasts about their top-of-their-head “interest” (which generally was as prosaic as “Fishing!”).

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