Tejal Rao suggests that perhaps imagining the taste of fictional foods is too much of a suspension of disbelief, and that maybe some of the books' appeal is the familiarity of their pleasures, like honey-sweetened milk and cold beet soup. (It might also be why Ruth Reichl is rumored to be a fan!)
She also highlights the blog Inn at the Crossroads, which creates recipes based on meals described in the books. The two women behind the blog don't just rely on Martin for accuracy; they also consult historical cookbooks and websites on Medieval cooking for reference.
Don't forget to check out the fun illustrations by L. Nichols that accompany the Gilt Taste article, including a pie chart of the pies in Game of Thrones.
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