A SONG OF PEPPER AND SALT
Back when dragon eggs were still hatching regularly, Targaryens had a tradition of placing a dragon egg in the cradle with a newborn babe. If dragon hatched, the baby was considered to be a true Targaryen. If the egg did not hatch, it was considered a bad omen. That’s a pretty harsh superstition, even by Westerosi standards. Especially when compared to our little superstitions, like throwing a bit of salt over your shoulder for good luck. Sure, someone might get a little salt tossed their way, but at least no one’s hatching dragons right next to our newborns! As far as we know, anyway.
You can honor all of the old traditions – or at least set your table with the proper spices – with these dragon egg salt & pepper shakers based on Daenerys’ three baby dragon eggs from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Drogon’s egg holds dark pepper, Viserion has the salt, and Rhaegal’s egg is actually a two piece toothpick holder that will store over 150 of the little wooden sticks at once. Dragons only want to eat their meat when it’s cooked, but the pickiest dragons also demand that it be properly spiced and that there be toothpicks available for after the meal. And the last thing you want to do is get into a dance with dragons, so you’d better be prepared.
On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge.
Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.
First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly.
Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the infamous author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster, back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!). Joining them this issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope