Review: For anyone who’s ever played or watched people play Settlers of Catan, you’ll easily understand the reference in the title of this charming and geeky cookbook. And it offers ideas for a variety of dietary allergies/restrictions which I haven’t seen in a general cookbook before. A lot of the themed ‘boards’ are simple and easy to make (like do it yourself taco board, or a board of waffle toppings and sides), and they have suggestions to cater to different aspects of the game, and not just the ‘resources’. Some others are a little more involved like the ‘make your own spaghetti board’ or ‘Thanksgiving board’ but shouldn’t take long to make and set up. Honestly, I’d think the hardest would be to find adequate space for your food board, and it looks to be a great party idea. Definitely a must have for your boardgame geeky friends who love to cook.
Buying it via Amazon and bundling it with the plastic dishes, was the best deal by far, even though I first saw this book via Thinkgeek. However, the physical quality of the book was lacking, and I wondered if it was a print to order thing. It was flimsy with simple glue binding and a lackluster color sheen on the cover. It certainly didn’t look as professional as most cookbooks, in typesetting and paper quality. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get it, just be aware of that.
Cover: For anyone that’s played at least one, long, game of Catan, should be able to recognize the layout of the food rather easily. It’s a nice image, showing just how the food could be utilized, backed by a background of generic wood and sheep’s wool. It’s pretty straightforward and certainly would grab my attention on a shelf. Though, the coloring on the cover doesn’t quite make the food look appetizing.
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