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Halo: The Official Cookbook, is now for sale. Developer interview included.

Eddie-Griffin

Gold Member
Halo: The Official Cookbook is now available to purchase.

https://www.halowaypoint.com/news/halo-the-official-cookbook
You’ve stepped into the Mjolnir-clad boots of the Master Chief to fight the enemies of humanity across the galaxy, but the time has come to swap the assault rifle for an arsenal of cooking utensils, as Halo: The Official Cookbook has released!
Featuring over 70 recipes for all occasions, from lunchtime snacks for a lone Grunt to dinners and desserts that will fill the bellies of a pack of Brutes, this is the perfect recipe book for cooks of every skill level—from Easy to Legendary. Step-by-step instructions, beautiful photos of finished recipes, and even a bit of in-universe lore to digest about the culinary offerings of the Halo universe...





The Cookbook is $40 and contains over 70 recipes to choose from.

Here is the interview with the developer, Victoria Rosenthal

AW: Hello, Victoria—and welcome to the Halo universe! Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us about some of the amazing things you do?
VR:
Hello, thank you for inviting me. I’m the author behind several video game cookbooks, including Halo: The Official Cookbook, and the video game themed food blog, Pixelated Provisions.
I develop recipes for food, drinks, and all sorts of consumables found throughout many video game worlds. My goal is to inspire my fellow gamers to get in the kitchen and make delicious meals from the titles they love playing.


AW: To start things off, when did you discover your passion for cooking and how did things evolve from there?
VR:
I have been cooking for as long as I can remember. I was always in the kitchen helping out with dinner or outdoors with the grill. Food has been a way of communication and connection for me. I found that a meal was a great way to start a conversation and to get to know more about the people I was cooking for.
Fast forward to after I graduated from college and moved away from my family in Chicago to Houston, I decided it was time to reduce how much I was eating out and to try and make many recipes from scratch.
After a bit of learning and experimenting in the kitchen, friends began requesting I share my recipes. I started up a super generic food blog - just some recipes and a few terrible photos. I did that for about 6 months before I completely abandoned the project. A few months later, I started to get the itch again to share these recipes I was creating. This time I decided to add the theme of food found in video games.
Ten years ago, I started Pixelated Provisions and it’s been going strong ever since.


AW: And from that point, how did you get started on this particular journey to writing about food in video games?
VR:
I’ve always been interested in food in video games. I would become easily distracted by any food art that I found in games. I remember growing up I was super excited about chili dogs because of Sonic, trying to imagine what Rare Candy would taste like from Pokemon, or just trying to convince my parents to take us out to a restaurant that served some of the delicious food my Sims were eating.
My culinary journey truly kicked off when I started playing Guild Wars 2 and I began leveling up my Chef skills. I was so impressed by the amount of detail the development team put into each of the recipes. You start by mixing some basic staples, like seasoning mixtures, sauces, and basic doughs. From there, you use those items and other ingredients to make the final dish. Each one gives your character a boost to help you during your quest.
I immediately started taking notes and setting up Pixelated Provisions to begin expanding my culinary skills. From then on, I spent a lot of extra time in all the games I played staring at any hint of food there. I’ve also taught many of my friends, because there are so many games to play, that if they see food to send me all the screenshots.
AW: Speaking as somebody with a very similar journey in opening pathways through finding a particular “niche” and writing about it, this is awesome to hear!

More interview in the link.

Get your pans out gamers, time to get cooking.

Now I'm hungry, I'm going to microwave some Mac and Cheese tonight.
 

Rest

All these years later I still chuckle at what a fucking moron that guy is.
There's food in Halo?
 

MayauMiao

Member
Just found out someone did have the lingerie idea before in 2007 but was rejected:

Items that did not make the cut were a “Halo”-themed lottery ticket, lingerie modeled after a female hologram character and toy guns based the game’s weapons. Instead, fans can expect high-quality action figures from McFarlane Toys, a tabletop game from WizKids Inc and replica weapons for mature buyers.


Since MS is now milking the Halo the brand, perhaps they may reconsider that idea.
 

Razvedka

Member
All the recipes probably tell you cook the meal half as long as you should, while emphasizing an inordinate duration set aside for prep work.
 

kanjobazooie

Mouse Ball Fetishist
Wasted opportunity to not call the book "Master Chef" and then get sued by Gordon Ramsey. Halo needs the publicity.


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Wohc

Banned
A Halo cookbook for 40 Euro? Jesus, that must be in the Top 3 of useless gaming accessories of all time.
 

Sybrix

Member
A fucking cookbook....

How about updating the actual game with some substantial content before it sinks into oblivion.
 

Deft Beck

Member
Some people in here could really use some low sodium recipes in their diet. It's pretty common to have these branded cookbooks for big franchises like this.
 

Impotaku

Member
LOL do they really think that the knuckle draggers that play this series would even know how to use a cookbook? Yes halo the game series known for it's cuisine.
 

Doom85

Member
Kinda surprised people are taken aback by this. A ton of franchises have cookbooks. I actually got the Street Fighter cookbook from a friend for my birthday. It’s pretty neat, with recipes from all over the world (which checks out, SF has an international cast) and Sakura (my main, so that’s a bonus) providing narration for it all.

But oh noes, a corporation that at the end of the day has to make games that get money from us no matter how some people try to romanticize it when it comes to certain series, is making another thing designed to get money from us! I’m…..angry?

Super Troopers Whatever GIF by Searchlight Pictures
 
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Kinda surprised people are taken aback by this. A ton of franchises have cookbooks. I actually got the Street Fighter cookbook from a friend for my birthday. It’s pretty neat, with recipes from all over the world (which checks out, SF has an international cast) and Sakura (my main, so that’s a bonus) providing narration for it all.

But oh noes, a corporation that at the end of the day has to make games that get money from us no matter how some people try to romanticize it when it comes to certain series, is making another thing designed to get money from us! I’m…..angry?

Super Troopers Whatever GIF by Searchlight Pictures
It's more like....Let's make a bunch of bullshit that we can "loosely" tie to the lore of the game to try and eek sales of an i.p.

Ya know why no one really batted an eye or gave a shit about the WoW/Fallout/ElderScrolls cookbooks? Because those games use food as a gameplay mechanic that ties into the game itself.

This shit...and hell, by the sounds of it, your SF Cookbook are just cashgrabs that are using an i.p. to try and milk die-hard fans. Which in of itself is fine, it's harmless, but when the franchise you are attaching your cookbook has a massive problem, your not gonna get a lot of endearment from the general populus.
 
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