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'A Feast of Ice and Fire': Yes, there's now an official 'Game of Thrones' cookbook

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“In the Game of Food, you win, or you wash the dishes.” That’s the tagline of The Inn at the Crossroads, a food blog with a unique twist: Authors Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer are trying to cook every dish that appears in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Well, almost every dish — the denizens of Westeros and beyond sometimes eat things that are illegal in the U.S. (horse meat, camel, dog) or downright horrifying (olives stuffed with maggots).

But Monroe-Cassel and Lehrer have triumphed over challenges like honey-spiced locusts and the mysterious “bowls of brown” served in Flea Bottom, as well as a score of more appetizing recipes (lemon cakes, anyone?) — and now they’ve taken their hobby to the next level. Next Tuesday, Bantam will release A Feast of Ice and Fire, a Game of Thrones-themed cookbook that has George R. R. Martin’s official seal of approval; he even wrote the tome’s poetic introduction. Before its release, EW called up Monroe-Cassel and Lehrer to chat about the challenges of cooking fictional food, weird medieval recipes, and which fantastical world they’d like to tackle next. Hint: It rhymes with “Larry Totter.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What inspired you to start your blog?
Monroe-Cassel: We really wanted lemon cakes, and a Google search didn’t bring up anything that fit the almost reverent description of lemon cakes in the books. So naturally, we decided to try and make our own.

Research must have been a huge undertaking. Can you explain your process?
Monroe-Cassel: We basically try to do an historical and a modern take on each dish when possible — it can be anything from ancient Roman to Elizabethan. We’ll look at the description in the book and then we’ll go back in old cookbooks and try to find a description that fairly closely matches. The old recipes often don’t have quantities or very clear directions or temperatures or anything like that.

I’m imagining you two sitting in an enormous library, examining scrolls.
Monroe-Cassel: [Laughs] That would be the dream. I’m a classical history major, so I did put my dead language skills to work for some of the recipes. We’ve done a lot of library research and a lot of online research.

I guess you can find anything on the Internet.
Monroe-Cassel: It’s true. We got our crickets from Amazon.

It’s a little disappointing that the book doesn’t include a recipe for a pie filled with 100 live doves.
Monroe-Cassel: We get that a lot!

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‘The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook’: Stews, soups and a whole lot of direwolf meat

Let me address what you’re thinking: Yes, there is a recipe called “Khaleesi’s Heart,” and yes, it’s disgusting. But that’s probably what you’d expect from The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook, which features over 150 (!) recipes inspired by the George R. R. Martin book series and the hit HBO drama.

If your ideal dining experience involves Renaissance Fair fare and your ultimate date night finds you and your partner gorging on chicken legs at Medieval Times, then you’ll probably find Alan Kistler’s tome of recipes to be a heaven-sent culinary miracle. But if you’re accustomed to more civilized cuisine, then lucky you: In the vein of “I read it so you don’t have to,” I planted myself in front of the cookbook and sifted through the vibrant gastronomical offerings of Westeros and beyond. (And maybe now I can finally open my own literature-themed medieval food truck, Game of Scones.)

Check out some of the titles and then head over to Amazon to grab your copy (unless you plan to wait for the official cookbook due out in May): READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games Cookbook': Recipes for sauteed raccoon, and how to taste Gale's kiss

Is making a cookbook inspired by a story about a serious lack of food a bit of a stretch? Probably, but The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook is a fun if not quite practical treat for a ravenous fan of the novels. While many of the recipes allow you to replicate the rich, sumptuous dishes from Capitol banquet scenes (“Super Sweet Potato Rolls”), others require ingredients you’d have to kill in the woods with your own bow and arrow. Any dish that evokes Peeta’s near-magical baking skills sounds promising (“Peeta’s Cinnamon Bakery Bread”), but most of the concoctions inspired by food from the Districts (“District 4′s Seaweed Bread”) or gamey survivalist meals you’d have to make do with in the Arena (“Wild Squirrel & Sausage Gumbo” and “Wild Raccoon Sautéed in Bacon Drippings”) are only for the brave. READ FULL STORY

'Hello, Cupcake' authors Karen Tack and Alan Richardson preview treats from upcoming book

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Even though their forthcoming book Cupcakes, Cookies, & Pie, Oh, My! extends their special creative style to all types of desserts, Karen Tack and Alan Richardson still refer to their practice as the catch-all “cupcaking.”

“We just decided to take the whole decorative approach and put it on everything,” Richardson said during a hands-on demo in New York City on Thursday.

The new book — third in the 20-year-strong duo’s sweet-tooth series that includes the bestselling Hello, Cupcake and What’s New, Cupcake? — won’t hit shelves until January, but many of the new creations were on display Thursday. Richardson seemed particularly excited about READ FULL STORY

Real Housewife Kelly Bensimon wants to make you 'Hot'

Want to take a trip to Kellyland, where Gummy Bears grow on vines and satchels are made of gold? Kelly Bensimon, 43, invites you to “spend seven days” with her and a team of experts in a new book tentatively titled I Want to Make You Hot. The book will include more than 40 recipes and tips on healthy, fun-filled living. Not just an exercise, diet, and fashion guide, the book will hopefully “inspire readers to develop a positive self-image,” Bensimon said in a press release. Hot is currently scheduled for a 2012 release from St. Martin’s Press—did you know that it will be her fourth book?

Are you ready to see the world through rose-colored glasses with Kelly, or is she just following in the footsteps of former Real Housewives of New York costar and archenemy Bethenny Frankel? Say what you will about the woman’s verbal skills, those legs are amazing!

Gwyneth Paltrow's A-List cookbook dedication: We decode it here!

By now, we’re all pretty used to Gwyneth Paltrow’s knack for inspiring both envy and eye rolls with her lifestyle newsletter GOOP (which might as well be subtitled “Dispatches from a life better than yours.”). But the Oscar-winning actress and sometimes singer has officially one-upped herself in her new cookbook, My Father’s Daughter (in stores now), which contains — alongside some truly great-looking recipes — a dedication page that may just be the most A-list in the history of publishing. Ever the polite hostess, Paltrow doesn’t up and out her pals; she only references them by last name. And a rep for Paltrow declined to identify any of the parties mentioned in the book. But with our extensive knowledge of all things Gwyneth, we’ve come up with a pretty starry list of suspects  — Beyoncé? Robert Downey Jr.? Christy Turlington? — for the people Paltrow calls her “closest friends, our family really.” Check out the full dedication and our educated guesses after the jump!

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Julia Child's cookbook is the best-selling book in the country right now

Yes, you read that right: The book that’s outselling almost everything else in the country was originally published on October 16, 1961. Thanks to the release of Julie & Julia, Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which has never been out of print, is suddenly flying out of stores once again. The book’s publisher, Knopf, ordered a 50,000-copy reprint last week and is poised to order another 100,000 copies, perhaps as early as today (they currently have backorders totalling 60,000). So how many copies of the kitchen classic have been bought in this country over the years, anyway? That’s hard to say, according to Knopf spokesman Nicholas Latimer: “A 1961 book would have been tracked through a range of different record-keeping systems, including hand-written index cards, which we still have, believe it or not.” He added, “It’s a bit weird that neither of our two best-selling authors at the moment can be here to celebrate: Julia Child and Stieg Larsson (who wrote The Girl Who Played With Fire).”

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