Halo: The Official Cookbook is coming in August
It’s probably (maybe?) a coincidence, but just days after CD Projekt unveiled the official Witcher cookbook (opens in a new tab)343 Industries has announced that Master Chief will be getting his own fancy meal prep guide.
Halo: The Official Cookbook will include over 70 recipes, “from portable snacks you can take with you in the Warthog to decadent spreads to feed the whole squadron”, with step-by-step instructions and photos to make it all accessible to chefs of all skill levels.
It’s time to upgrade your armory right next to your pantry. Announcing the official Halo cookbook from @insighteditions! Available for pre-order now, out August.🍕 https://t.co/DBaBYA7BoM pic.twitter.com/zslDek8ZuXApril 5, 2022
The Halo cookbook is written by Victoria Rosenthal, who apparently specializes in this sort of thing: she’s done cookbooks for Final Fantasy XIV, Street Fighter, Fallout, and Destiny before. She also has a long-running website called Pixelated Provisions. (opens in a new tab)where she recreates dishes and recipes found in video games: the current front page formula is Guild Wars 2 Crispy Fish Pancakes (opens in a new tab), and dozens of other games are represented. It’s really quite impressive.
I had no idea that this sort of niche-derived subgenre had become so popular, but scrolling through Amazon’s listings for some of Rosenthal’s other books, they look like quality products: beautiful photos, detailed instructions and lore – some of it a little superficial, sure, but these are cookbooks, not reference books, after all.
The video game-food crossover is definitely a thing, though: We interviewed another gaming cookbook author in 2017 (opens in a new tab) about the challenges of adapting World of Warcraft items like Rylak Claws into tasty recipes, and in February, Halo voice actor Steve Downes shared his own personal recipe for Master Chief Chili.
There have been many requests for my Master Chief Chili, so here it is! #masterchiefchili #masterchief #halo #HaloInfinite #HaloInfiniteMP #spartan117 #finishthefight #xbox #recipe #chili pic.twitter.com/qPceDcZ9OQFebruary 5, 2022
No offense to the chef, but I hope the recipes in the official Halo cookbook are a little spicier.
The official Halo cookbook is set to debut on August 16 and is available for pre-order on Amazon (opens in a new tab) in a hardcover edition for $40 or $14 on Kindle.