Exquisite Exandria

Exquisite Exandria: The Official Cookbook of Critical Role is a cookbook with 60 recipes inspired by the world of Exandria, accompanying photography, and the lore behind the recipes. It was published on August 29th, 2023[1] with pre-orders open since December 6, 2022.

Exquisite Exandria
Cover for Exquisite Exandria, by Kent Davis.[art 1]
Creative team
AuthorsLiz Marsham
Publication information
PublisherRandom House Worlds
Publication dateAugust 29, 2023
Media type
  • Hardcover book
  • E-book
Pages224
ISBN9780593157046

To market the announcement of the book, timed with the Christmas holidays, Critical Role Productions published Lord Eshteross' recipe of maple ginger cookies with turmeric, encouraging Critters to post photos of their baked goodies with the hashtag "#ExquisiteExandria".[2]

Contents Edit

Publisher's summary Edit

"Join a party of culinary adventurers in search of the fabulous flavors and delightful delicacies that make Exandria so exquisite. Here, they present their bounty: sixty dishes collected from each continent!

Start in Tal'Dorei, where you can nab a trio of pastries from the Slayer's Cake, a staple of Whitestone's patisserie scene. Journey next to the birthplace of civilization, Issylra, and devour some absolutely divine Highsummer Honey Polenta. Travel to Marquet and explore Jrusar's Core Spire while enjoying some street meat. And finally, end in Wildemount, where you can unwind with a famous Ruby of the Sea Cocktail.

The recipes from these diverse dives are accompanied by the histories of each land—and stories of iconic culinary capers by Vox Machina, the Mighty Nein, Bells Hells, and more. Enjoy Percival de Rolo's Revenge Pasta, stuffed with enough garlic to ward off even the strongest vampires, and blackberry and lemon hand pies inspired by Scanlan's favorite spell. Prepare for battle with Jester's Sweet Feast, a platter of pastries made complete with a dash of cinnamon and a covert sprinkle of the Dust of Deliciousness. And as the night comes to a close, settle down with Lord Eshteross's Maple Ginger Cookies.

With a foreword by Quyen Tran and Sam Riegel, gorgeous illustrations and photography to accompany mouthwatering recipes, and lore from each corner of Exandria, this is a must-have cookbook for every Critical Role fan."

— Publisher's summary[1]

Book's summary Edit

 
Official art of the First Draught Book Club, the in-universe authors of the book, by Adrián Ibarra Lugo from Exquisite Exandria pg. 10.[art 2]

The introduction of the book is written from the point of adventuring group/book club that was previously called First Draught Book Club. After reading The Daring Trials and Tribulations of Sir Taryon Darrington, the members got inspired to cook the dishes mentioned there, but found the book's descriptions lacking. Having collected two of the recipes in Deastok, the club then began its own little mission: collecting recipes from all over Exandria.

The recipes in the book are divided into chapters based on the Exandrian continent the recipe comes from: Tal'Dorei, Issylra, Marquet and Wildemount. The chapters are prefaced by a short summary of the Exandrian history events that are related to the specific continent, including some never-before-mentioned events, such as The Great Feathering of 641 PD, when a wizard living in the Bramblewood Forest botched a spell and filled the forest with a thousand chickens. Each individual recipe is also prefaced by a short tidbit about Exandria or specifically the plot of Critical Role campaigns, in case it is a story-related recipe like fusaka or GoFiBePo.

All recipes feature the measurements in both metric and US customary unit system.

List of recipes Edit

Recipes are organized by continent of origin and are listed by starting page number in the first edition. Recipes marked with an * were consumed or directly referenced by characters in Exandrian canon (usually on stream).

Tal'Dorei Edit

Slayer's Cake Edit

Recipes from the bakery founded by members of Vox Machina.

  • 22 – Everlight-as-Air Scones
  • 24 – Papaya-Lemon Curd
  • 25 – Slayer's Cake Sun Treats*
  • 26 – Trinket's Bear Claws*

The Full Emon Edit

Meals from the Diamond Nest Tavern.

  • 33 – Sweet and Sticky Slab Bacon, Fried Tomatoes, and Fried Eggs*
  • 35 – Fried Chicken with Coffee-Bacon Gravy
  • 38 – Malty Beer Waffles with Orange-Honey Browned Butter Syrup

The Grand Poobah's GoFiBePo Meat Board Edit

The original GoFiBePo was a salad consisting of four meats (Goat, Fish, Beef, and Pork). This version is a charcuterie board interpretation presenting a variety of dishes.

  • 42 – Meats of Fish, Spam Hash, Goat, and Bacon*
    • Smoked Fish Dip
    • Fried Spam Cubes
    • Lamb or Goat Pâté
  • 44 – Fruits, Veggies and Cheese
    • Ale and Cheddar Fondue
  • 45 – Accoutrements
    • Onion Jam
    • Pickled Cauliflower
  • 46 – Bread and Crackers
    • Flatbread Crackers
    • Brioche Spears
  • 48 – Grog's Garlicky Mayonnaise (also, Fries)
    Refers to Grog's penchant for using his Alchemy Jug to create mayonnaise.

Tal'Dorei (continued) Edit

Gem of Byroden Festival Edit

The festival where Opal was crowned the Gem of her hometown.[5] The primary type of food available is pies.

  • 59 – Sweet Tea Custard Pie
    Made of the only non-alcoholic beverage available at the festival.[6]
  • 62 – Chicken Pocket Pies
  • 66 – Berry Surprise Pie*[7]
  • 70 – Scanlan's Hand Pies
    It's implied that the Laughing Lamia Inn folks who submitted the recipe for consideration did so at Scanlan's insistence.

Issylra Edit

Marquet Edit

Wildemount Edit

Nestled Nook Breakfast Special Edit

  • 156 – Pocket Bacon*
  • 157 – Breakfast Beer Brats

Jester's Sweet Feast Edit

  • 160 – Rough Puff Pastry Dough
  • 162 – Roasted Plum Danishes
  • 164 – Spiced Puff Pastry Pull-Apart Muffins with Cherry Jam
  • 165 – Salt-and-Pepper Cheese Twists with Honey Drizzle

Wildemount (continued) Edit

Credits Edit

Media Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1   Exquisite Exandria: The Official Cookbook of Critical Role on Penguin Random House's official website
  2. Hype: Exandria gets an exquisite cookbook.
  3. "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) at 1:40:27. When Vex rolled a natural one aiming at the chicken.
  4. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 1:01:36. Elam prepares fry bread for the Crowns Keepers.
  5. "By the Road" (E1x04).
  6. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 3:11:04.
  7. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 3:08:00.

Art:

  1. Cover for Exquisite Exandria, by Kent Davis (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of the First Draught Book Club, the in-universe authors of the book, by Adrián Ibarra Lugo from Exquisite Exandria pg. 10. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  3. Official art of interior spread featuring Vox Machina, the Mighty Nein, and Bells Hells, by Adrián Ibarra Lugo from Exquisite Exandria pgs. 2-3. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  4. Lord Eshteross' cookies, by Kristin Teig (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  5. De Rolos Revenge Pasta, by Kristin Teig (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.