101 Cool uses for Ice
You know, this has to be the absolute coolest book of recipes I've ever written. Way better than that one about water.The Seventh Floor, and Castle Town within it, reside in a landscape coated in thick ice. As such, much of the cuisine of the top floor is based on the ice. However, until the late 1800's, the cuisine was based on beating the ice -- hot, spicy, warming food was popular. That is until Chef Alabaster Latimer wrote his defining book on cold, and ice based recipes.I hate you sometimes, you know?...what?
Chef Latimer had been trying to make a name for himself in the culinary scene for almost his entire time on the top floors. In fact, as soon as he regained his hunger by climbing to the Fifth Floor, he wanted to be the towers most famous chef. He attempted to hone his craft while on the Fifth Floor, but the residents were put off by his Rodent Blood and Bark stew, and found his Grass Salad to be unpalatable at best. Latimer took his failure to heart, and vowed to improve -- so he climbed the tower yet again, moving to Senary on the Sixth Floor. He found himself an apprenticeship with an unknown chef in the Third Ring of Senary, and began to study.
If I'm going to be honest, and I'd like to be, I never imagined you could do anything special with ice. Okay, maybe you can make like... 2 tasty things with ice. But to come up with an additional 99? Alabaster's a genius. Pure genius.
Seventh Floor Cuisine
One might think that a meal consisting of at least 30% ice might be a bit too cold for a place like this, no? Well, its strange... after I Chef Latimers Ice Honeyed Ham, I felt this glow within me. I felt a warmth bubble up. As if I didn't need extraneous heat. As if my body was so happy with the meal, it made the heat its self!
Peppers -- spicy peppers, sweet peppers, big and small peppers. These little vegetables were cultivated to grow in the cold environment of the Seventh Floor, and were incredibly popular as culinary ingredients, to beat the cold. The peppers are still commonly consumed, but are now generally reserved for appetizers and side dishes, as Chef Latimer's Ice Cuisine has taken over the popular Main Course options. Chef Latimer likes to make use of any form of ice found in the mountains of the Seventh Floor, but a select few he seems to use more than others.
Powdered IceA very dry, powdery form of ice. Specifically different from snow, and even powdered snow. Powdered Ice is found atop the tallest peaks of the Seventh Floor. Powdered Ice is identifiable by it's near total transparency, and the way it shimmers -- every slippery particle of powdered ice constantly slides against the others.
Clear IceFound most commonly beneath large drifts of Powdered Ice. Clear Ice is believed to consist of compressed Powdered Ice. It too is nearly totally transparent, and incredibly slippery. Clear Ice is found in sheets that are 15' thick, or more. Clear Ice is the coldest of all ice found on the Seventh Floor, but melts the quickest.
Blue IceBlue ice is always found at the bottom of the ice-pile. It's made of yet farther compressed Clear Ice -- it takes on such great pressures that it turns a deep shade of blue. Blue Ice still retains some of it's transparency however. Blue Ice is the last layer of ice atop the White Stone that Caste Town uses for it's architecture.
It's pretty good. I like ice a lot more than I used to. 5/7.
Finally, a use for all this cold. I give this book a solid 5 souls.
You know, I was just saying to my wife, before the book came out, "honey, I really don't like spicy food that much anymore." And then Latimer releases this book! Ah, that was a good day. What's that? You want me to rate the book? uhhh... one hundred and one! I rate it one hundred and one ices. I don't care if it doesn't make sense!
The recipes get a bit weak from number 79 to 86, but from 87 onwards... those have to be some of my favourite meals I've ever had. Absolutely fantastic. A worthy 9/10, in my opinion.
A nice recipe book. Haha-- OW. Don't hit me!