Grab your magical sword and take the place of your favorite fantasy character with this fun and historically accurate how-to guide to solving epic quests.
What should you ask a magic mirror? How do you outwit a genie? Where should you dig for buried treasure? Fantasy media's favorite clichés get new life from How to Slay a Dragon: A Fantasy Hero's Guide to the Real Middle Ages, a historically accurate romp through the medieval world. Each entry presents a trope from video games, books, movies, or TV--such as saving the princess or training a wizard--as a problem for you to solve, as if you were the hero of your own fantasy quest. Through facts sourced from a rich foundation of medieval sources, you will learn how your magical problems were solved by people in the actual Middle Ages.
Divided into thematic subsections based on typical stages in a fantastical epic, and inclusive of race, gender, and continent, How to Slay a Dragon is perfect if you're curious to learn more about the time period that inspired some of your favorite magical worlds or longing to know what it would be like to be the hero of your own mythical adventure.
About Cooking for Wizards, Warriors, and Dragons (available for preorder)
100+ Spell-Binding Recipes Inspired by Diverse Fantasy Worlds, from The Witcher to The Broken Earth
Created by Hugo Award-winning co-founder of The Book Smugglers, Thea James, Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons collects recipes inspired by fantasy classics and groundbreaking new voices, including: Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher, N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy, Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, Tomi Adeyemi's Legacy of Orïsha, Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle , Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness , and many more.
Fortify yourself for the road with classic dishes, such as Pernese Meatrolls or Geralt's Life Saving Chicken Sando. Embrace your dark side with King's Landing Barbecue smoked meats a la Daenerys, channel your inner Saruman with Charred Broccoli Stalk Salad, or a Fifth Season-inspired Solving the Meat Shortage Osso Bucco. Learn to make your own Grishaverse-inspired Butter Week Cakes or Orïshan Coconut Pie, and try your hand at a Spiritwalkerverse-inspired Lamb Tajine.
Organized by different meal types and ingredients (including Breakfasts & Second Breakfasts, Soups & Stews, The Hunt, The Farm, The Catch, Snacks & Sides, and Desserts), Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons includes illustrations from noted artist Tim Foley and recipes developed and tested by professional chef Isabel Minunni. With five bonus feast spreads, this grimoire is sure to sate hungry readers from any realm.
About our Speakers
Cait Stevenson earned her PhD in medieval history from the University of Notre Dame. She concentrates on breaking down the barriers and hierarchy among academic and popular history. As @SunAgainstGold, she has contributed to AskHistorians, the internet's largest public history forum, where she also writes on topics ranging from medieval inheritance laws to whether 17th-century children playing with toy guns said their equivalent of "Pew, pew, pew." She is proud to live and work in St. Louis, Missouri.
Thea James is one half of the maniacal duo behind The Book Smugglers, a Hugo Award-winning sci-fi and fantasy book review blog. Thea is Filipina-American, but grew up in Hawaii, Indonesia, and Japan. She is a full-time book nerd who works in publishing for her day job and currently resides in Astoria, Queens with her partner and rambunctious cat. Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons (available August 31, 2021) is her first cookbook.
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