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UnofficialGoTcookbook

On Sunday, the highly anticipated premiere of Game of Thrones season four will air on HBO. As fans look forward to the return of the show’s classic action and drama, they also have another aspect to look forward to: the food.

It’s hard not to notice the elaborate feasts and interesting dishes being enjoyed by the characters in the series. It adds something to the atmosphere of the show that has been important to the story’s setting well before Game of Thrones made the move to TV.

“Food plays a recurring role in the books of A Song of Ice and Fire. Characters are constantly chatting and plotting over a meal. The really big feasts tend to involve major confrontations,” Alan Kistler, author of The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook, told That’s Nerdalicious.

Kistler’s cookbook features over 150 recipes inspired by George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series. Each of the recipes includes a description of the scene it is from and a discussion of the setting, characters, or themes. The cookbook also specifies in which book and chapter the food can be found which is fun for any literary geek who wants to enjoy dishes by their corresponding novel. The good thing is all this information avoids spoilers, so you can try anything without worrying about ruining the story if you’re not caught up yet.

Featuring everything from appetizers to desserts, the cookbook has just what you need if you’re planning to throw a delicious Game of Thrones party for the premiere. After the break, find five fantastic recipes you can try along with insight and tips from Kistler!

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We’ve pulled together a list of the most romantic geeky food gifts for Valentine’s Day. There’s something for everyone—from D20 chocolate to Star Trek wine.

See all the gifts after the break…

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sriracha candy cane cookies plate

Sriracha, also known as “Rooster Sauce,” also known as “Hot Cock,” is the beloved hot sauce that has become a restaurant staple right there next to good ol’ ketchup and those lousy communal salt and pepper shakers.

The sauce is both revered and reviled, the latter mostly by Irwindale, California residents who have complained about the spicy pollution from a nearby plant destroying their dear community. The halt to Sriracha production has led fans to rush to the markets and clear out the shelves.

The red bottle with the little green cap is filled with a thick elixir, tangy from vinegar, sweet from sugar and aromatic from peppers making it firey hot and hard to resist. It is poured on everything from noodles, to pizza to fried chicken. Here, I’ve done one better for you.

Tis the season for joy, happiness and hot sauce. I’ve taken the old fashioned candy cane sugar cookie and well, twisted it. Literally. While it looks the same I’ve replaced the normally cool, sweet, peppermint flavor and with burning hot Sriracha. Oh, the cookie is still sweet, but that pungent flavor stakes its claim through and through. If you’re a fan of Sriracha, these are the holiday cookies for you.

Check out our recipe after the break…

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stocking stuffers

One of the fun things about buying gifts for people that need to fit into stockings is the idea that you pretty much get to go crazy with it because, well, it has to be fun and fit in a sock.

Which is why I’m offering this list of 6 edible gifts that will amuse, confuse, delight, and let you gift without spending a lot of money.

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nerdy kitchen gift guide

The kitchen is a wonderful place to add nerdy touches, and there are more accessories available than ever before. You can choose from a variety of franchises to decorate your counters and fill your drawers.

Our suggestions include everything from cookie jars to nerdy cosplay aprons—check them out after the break…

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black pepper bacon garland

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “You know what my Christmas tree needs? MORE BACON,” then I have a solution for you – a Christmas garland made out of crispy, peppery bacon!

Just like the nostalgic paper rings you used to make as crafts when you were a kid, in this case I’ve substituted everyone’s favorite cured pork product.

The process is much the same, loop the strips of bacon into one another to form a chain. Here I’ve secured them with toothpicks while in the oven. You’re welcome to leave the toothpicks in to make the garland more punk rock, but getting rid of the spikes makes it much more festive.

Check out our recipe after the break…

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Nothing like kicking back with a glass of your favorite brew at the end of a long day. Or at the beginning. Or in the middle. Hey, Mad Men did it, why can’t the rest of us? Here are six great gifts for the nerdy beer lover on your list. From bottle openers to glasses to growlers, there’s something for everyone.

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drinkgeek

It’s the holidays, which means it’s time to dull the pain of having to deal with your extended family and/or in-laws by drinking copious amounts of booze! Hooray!

With that said, if you happen to know a geek (or a nerd) who loves a good glass of whiskey, then we’ve got some great gift ideas for said alcohol aficionado. Check out our suggestions after the break…

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Candy Cane JoeJoes Cereal Treat Ice Cream Sandwich

It’s that time of year when Trader Joe’s fans camp out for weeks on end in pitched tents, forgoing food and water to wait in line to buy seasonal treats. Ok, maybe it’s not that insane but it certainly feels that way. Seasonal goodies cause people to lose all sense of reality and eat nothing but peppermint flavored things for days. Maybe that’s just me.

At the top of the seasonal treat list are Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joes. Much like that other more well known and name trademarked sandwich cookie, these are also chocolate wafers but inside is a sweet, addictive peppermint filling.

It would only make sense to crush them up and make them into Candy Cane Joe-Joes Rice Cereal Treats, right?

Not extreme enough? Why not spread a cool, creamy layer of ice cream in-between, forming the ultimate holiday treat – behold the Candy Cane Joe-Joes Cereal Treats Ice Cream Sandwich!

Check out our recipe after the break…

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nerdy baking gift guide

The holidays are the perfect time to bake all your favorite treats and these products will let you do it with nerdy style. There are zombie cookie cutters, star trek aprons, Nintendo oven mitts and even TARDIS silicone molds!

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