The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook is a 192-page cookbook written by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel containing recipes based in the lore of The Elder Scrolls. It was published by Insight Editions on March 26, 2019.
Background[edit | edit source]
The introductory section of the cookbook contains several pages discussing some background material surrounding the recipes present in the book. These include an author's introduction, the cultural backgrounds of the races whose recipes are provided, foods associated with particular celebrations in Tamriel, and a connection to homebuilding in The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire.
"I used to be an adventurer...
"Oh, you've heard that story already?
"It's remarkable how familiar tales can become something fresh with just a little tweaking. Recipes are much the same. They can be gathered as one travels then adapted to suit the season, location, or what's available in your home larder.
"When it comes to selecting your ingredients, it's important to be a little flexible. These recipes are reflective of the basic recipes found across Skyrim, Morrowind, and the whole of Tamriel, but should in no way be constrictive. If a recipe calls for chicken eggs, but all you have are a couple of thrush eggs, use those without fear. Similarly, a single kwama egg is roughly equivalent to about four good-sized chicken eggs. If you have been cursed with the inability to eat wheat by some malicious rogue mage, an all-purpose gluten-free flour substitute can be used in most of the recipes in this collection. For a more comprehensive list of dietary qualifications, see the list in the appendix.
"If certain herbs are unavailable where you are, simple substitutions can be easily made. Sage, for example, is a very good stand-in for elves eat, and cranberries provide much the same color and tart flavor as true snowberries. These substitutions will not provide you with the various physical and magical buffs as their original counterparts would, but they will nonetheless give you an approximation of the flavors of Tamriel.
"While mushrooms are plentiful throughout Tamriel, it's vital that you know which types are safe to eat. I once knew an intrepid Dunmer who set out the create recipes for all the mushrooms species that exist. He was unsuccessful. As a wise man once quipped, "All mushrooms are edible at least once..." I can't advise that you go taking bites out of mushrooms at random to see what's safe, though. In the meantime, a common button mushroom will serve until you become an expert on Tamriel's numerous mushroom varieties and their assorted side effects.
"When it comes to meats, there are a few ways to go: You can smoke it, salt it, cook it, preserve it with ice wraith teeth, or eat it raw. The Bosmer wood elves are particularly known for their meat-heavy diet, making a meal of just about anything that crosses their path—and I mean anything. For those with a more discerning palate, there are thankfully many delicious options roaming the wilds of Tamriel. Venison, mammoth, goat, rabbit, the elusive pheasant, and even the little domestic chicken—provided it doesn't belong to someone else—are all delectable. In a pinch, even cave bear can be roasted up over a campfire, but I hear it can be a little greasy. Similarly, the rivers and coastlines are teeming with edibles just waiting to be caught: salmon, Nordic barnacles, pearl oysters, clams, slaughterfish, and many more.
"Some say only a Nord can work the soil in Skyrim, but many other races have also made a home in the chilliest region of Tamriel. Using a combination of ingenuity and sheer stubbornness, they have adapted some of their favorite recipes from their homelands to suit the ingredients of Skyrim. None are more able to adapt than the Khajiit, who are a roving people by nature, and often carry with them a wild assortment of spices and seasonings. A meal by their campfires is an opportunity not to be missed.
"In short, the foods of Tamriel are what you make them. Hopefully this modest collection of recipes will give you a good starting point for your own edible experiments over the hearthfire.
"Watch the skies, traveler. I wish you good eating.
|The Tastes of Tamriel|
"The cuisine of Tamriel is as varied as the races that inhabit its distinctive regions. Each dish reflects the culture, geography, and economic reality lies that have shaped the peoples who created it. Add to that a dash of history here, plus a pinch of ancestral pride there, and you'll find a rich and flavorful array of recipes to delight the senses."
"No matter their race or region, the residents of Tamriel love their festivals. Some celebrations, like the Redguard Koomu Alezer'i in Sentinel have been held for thousands of years, while some are more recent additions to the calendar. Generally, however, they all have in common a joyful atmosphere and plenty of food and drink.
"Both the Old Life and the New Life Festivals are fêtes that span all of Tamriel. At their core, these joyous events celebrate life and the rebirth of the sun after the darkest day of the year. The holidays are recognized in different ways by the various races, often with games or various physical challenges and a good deal of food and drink.
"Many Nords, for example, choose to jump into frozen lakes before warming themselves by a fire with a flagon of mead, while the Khajiit set themselves a variety of larcenous objectives with a toast of Skooma (page 173) as a reward. San's Spiced Wine (page 171) and homemade Sweet Nog (page 179) are popular gifts, best enjoyed alongside sweets such as Spiced Root Cake (page 155) or Birch Cookies (page 137).
"Heart's Day is a popular holiday amongst Tamriel's lovers, and a day on which rooms are free in taverns and inns across the continent. Couples can share a steaming pot of Elsweyr Fondue (page 117) in a darkened tavern corner. Khajiit like to show their affection with a stolen Sweetroll (page 157), and even the normally taciturn Mer have been known to share a slender bottle of Snowberry Cordial (page 175) with a loved one.
"Celebrations for First Planting and the beginning of spring include recipes utilizing the flowers of the field and the honey from the bees newly woken from their winter slumber. Old grudges are abandoned over slices of aromatic Lavender and Honey Bread (page 87), which pairs beautifully with fresh butter and a flagon of Honningbrew Brittle (page 139) and smooth Honey Pudding (page 143).
"Fishing Day is a Breton holiday that has been gaining popularity across Skyrim as well as other parts of Tamriel where fishing has been not only a livelihood but a way of life for many generations. Nets and hooks are laid aside in favor of bowls of Coastal Clam Chowder (page 93) and savory Rye Crisps (page 85). Seared Nordic Barnacles (page 107) are enjoyed with a reserve bottle of spiced Nord Mead (page 165). Larger families also enjoy a Horker Loaf (page 131) with all the trimmings.
"Harvest's End is a time of celebrating the bounty of the year's harvest and a well-deserved reward for a season of hard work in field and orchard. Goatherd's Pie (page 121) is commonly found on feast tables piled high with fruits, vegetables, and roast meats, while over large fires bubbling cauldrons of Vegetable Soup (page 101) simmer away. The taverns offer free drinks throughout eh day, including measures of the local recipe for Water of Life (page 185)."
|A Cook's Guide to Homesteading|
When it comes to successful cooking, one often need look no further than high-quality, fresh ingredients. And if you are lucky enough to own your own homestead, the ingredients are the freshest available, grown in your very own garden. Whether you are a renowned upstanding citizen or a quietly disreputable thief, there's a house in Tamriel that is perfect for your needs. If not, you can always build your own! The satisfaction of living in a home that you've labored over isn't too different from the extra flavor in a dish you've cooked yourself. And a perk of finding that perfect plot of land is that you can customize it to your own needs and desires.
"A fully stocked kitchen is every cook's dream, complete with oven, butter churn, roasting spit, cool cellar storage, and plenty of storage and workspace. But the customization doesn't stop there: If you are a brewer or an avid fan of mead, why not install an apiary outside your home to house bees and produce honey? Let's be honest, nobody knows for sure what "secret ingredients" go into the vats in the Black-Briar Meadery, but with your own honey source at home, there's no longer a need to roll the dice on unknown bottles of questionable origin."
"If you love to cook, then a greenhouse is a clear choice for one of the wings of your home, especially in colder regions like Skyrim where a hothouse can make all the difference in lengthening the growing season. It will enable you to have a steady source of leeks, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, gourds, and a wide variety of herbs for both cooking and alchemy.
"Be sure to read the Beginner's Guide to Homesteading for additional tips and tricks on how to create a manor house that is perfect for you."
Recipes[edit | edit source]
The following section records the in-universe description of each recipe listed in the book. The actual contents of the recipes are not documented here.
|Sides, Starters, & Snacks|
|Soups & Stews|
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