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So, last night I was hanging out with my friend, and he had the Mawangi Expanse book on him, I started reading it and found the weirdest and most unexpected thing in the side bar. FOOD RECIPIES! That's right, some bored dev or editor got permission to shove IRL recipes for a BBQ rub and hot chocolate into a lore book about expy Africa. Whoever did that, I wanna give you an internet hug. And for those of you with the book, did you try those recipes? Are they good? Did I miss one? Because that's entirely possible, and I would like to know so I can try it.
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I was equally delighted earlier this year when the Colonial Marines Operations Manual for the Alien RPG included a recipe for corn bread. It was a nice touch.
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I LOVED finding those recipes! I kindly request more of the like. Here's hoping for poetry, songs, sheet music, medieval life hacks, survival tricks, and other glimpses into daily life and culture of the regions they're writing about.
That'd be cool!
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Recipes in game books are one of my absolute favorite things, particularly when they're real.
I have fond memories of the Fallout 1&2 game manuals having recipes in them (this is the first instance of this I can recall) and I'm really happy every time I see it.
The most impressive recipe I've ever seen in a game context was Dishonored: Death of the Outsider having a real recipe for beef tongue aspic in it, but I'm pretty sure I've talked food with the writer who was behind that.
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There's a D&D cookbook, and it's pretty good. I'd buy a Pathfinder equivalent in a heartbeat, especially if it had a section of goblin cuisine (I'm crazy about hot and salty food).
I would love a broader cookbook than Heroes' Feast. The recipes are great, but they draw heavily from Western cuisine and I don't really feel like I'm entering a different world when I make stuff from it (indeed, many of the recipes like
Swedish meatballs Tide Me Overs were already staples in my house).
Goblin cuisine would be great if it's distinct. Like tacos but with pickle brine instead of a squeezed lime or something where it's not just a standard recipe. Or pound the meat with a mallet to make it not super recognizable.
Even within the Mwangi Expanse, there stuff like Egyptian koshari and Ethiopian injari or East African ugali that feel pretty different.
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How fitting that Watery Soup is here, haha~.
I do agree, though, finding that hot chocolate recipe while reading about Nantambu was adorable and honestly gave me quite the smile on my face. I thought it was just kinda a throw-in gag at first but reading through it, it seemed like it made sense - I'd totally drink hot choco made this way.
I think seeing the deep dives into certain important peoples of the major areas was also really cool - it read out like a passed-down legend, which added to the charm of looking through these characters as people of import - especially when the tale-spinners in question were being cheeky!