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Final Fantasy XIV Official Cookbook!

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Final Fantasy XIV doesn't just have battle jobs, but crafting and gathering jobs as well. One of those crafting jobs is Culinarian, and there's a TON of recipes for all sorts of food in the game. Well, now you can make some of those recipes at home!

The Ultimate Final Fantasy XIV Online Cookbook: The Essential Culinarian Guide to Hydaelyn was released a few days ago, and my copy arrived today!

One thing I appreciate about Final Fantasy XIV is that it's so rich in stories. Even the crafting jobs have a storyline to them. They ran with this in the cookbook, too: it starts out with an introduction that features a Namazu who wants to improve his culinarian skills, so he travels around Hydaelyn tasting local cuisine and coming up with his own recipes. He's accompanied by a sidekick: a moogle, of course, who loves to eat and is not shy about stealing food from others, haha.

Each recipe is presented with a gorgeous photo, a brief introduction from either the Namazu or Moogle, and the recipe itself. There's also a page at the beginning of the book that gives definitions for the more unusual ingredients. Being that this is a Japanese MMO, there's plenty of Japanese ingredients - fish sauce is common, for example. Also, the recipes seem to be pretty faithful to their in-game counterparts: as an example, several recipes use birch syrup instead of the more common maple syrup, though the text does indicate that you can substitute maple if you'd like.

I flagged a couple recipes to try. Alas, I live with a picky eater, so there were some that looked appetizing to me that I wouldn't be able to do. I was also a bit disappointed that mushrooms were such a common ingredient (I'm allergic to them and I just don't like them anyway). Still, there's plenty in there that I felt it was acceptable to spend my money on the book.

I notice Amazon currently has it on sale for $22, so if anyone is thinking of getting it I'd jump on it now.

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Posted: 22nd November 2021 13:20

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Ha ha, I looked inside it wondering if it would read like a food blog where you get a detailed story about the recipe before seeing it, after reading your post. And to an extent you do! That's pretty great.

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