For years, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fans have created their own recipes based on the ever-expanding universe of the tabletop roleplaying game. But come October, they can finally get their hands on an official cookbook containing 80 dishes inspired by the cultures and monsters found in the game’s various magical worlds.
Called Heroes’ Feast: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook, the recipe collection is developed by a professional chef from one of the country’s top test kitchens and is written by Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Michael Witner ― the same team of D&D experts behind the visual history book Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana.
To be published by Ten Speed Press, the cookbook includes recipes for snacks, such as Bytopian Shepherd’s Bread, Iron Rations, savory Hand Pies, and Hogs in Bedrolls, as well as meat and fish dishes, like Amphail Braised Beef, Hommlet Golden Brown Roasted Turkey, Drow Mushroom Steaks, and Moonshae Seafood Risotto. Also included are recipes for desserts and cocktails, such as Heartlands Roseapple & Blackberry Pie, Yawning Portal Biscuit, and Chultan Zombie. While the names of the dishes sound otherworldly, all the food and drink in the cookbook are easy to prepare and only require wholesome ingredients readily available in the real world.
In a demonstration during last Thursday’s D&D Live 2020, where Heroes’ Feast was announced, the three authors created different dishes from the book. Newman cooked a seafood dish based on the knucklehead trout from Icewind Dale; Peterson prepared a cocktail called Mind Flayer, which is inspired by the infamous Underdark enemies; and Newman made Elven Bread, a bread made with honey and whole ingredients swirled with sugar and cinnamon.
As seen in the sample pages above, Heroes’ Feast isn’t a typical cookbook, as it also doubles as a cultural exploration of the people and creatures in D&D’s massive fantasy universe.
Heroes’ Feast will be released on October 25th, but is now available for pre-order on Amazon for $23.49 ― 33% off its list price of $35.