D&D General What Do These People Eat?


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Sushi is just an example. Pick a cuisine or a subspecialty, and you’ll find chefs creating edible artwork.

Yeah, that's basically what I was saying. Sushi is a great example, but I wouldn't have the elves literally being into sushi, even if it were renamed.
 

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There was a cooking show episode in which, as a finishing touch to the preparation of the fish, it was encased in a bread crust...which had a fish-scale pattern.

A buddy of mine was in some famous restaurant in France where their signature dish is a roast of meat cooked inside clay, which hardens in the oven and then must be broken open. When the dish came, he noticed a number stamped into the clay. He asked what it was and the garçon answered, in French, that each time they prepared it they were numbered sequentially, so this was the Nth time it had been served. My buddy, always a prankster, says in American-accented French, "Ah, like the Big Mac!"

You can imagine how that went over.
 

Regarding elves, I've always imagined them as having a higher proportion of NPC class spellcasters, ie. Adepts and such, due to their longer lifespan and thus greater capacity to train their people in tricky things. This would have a profound effect on cooking due to the increased availability of spells like Create Water and Purify Food and Drink. I think that Purify Food and Drink might replace cooking, especially given that elven settlements are often built into flammable forests, that are liable to be accidentally burned down by cooking fires.
 


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I definitely would. I mean, do you avoid dnd cultures having pasta?

Probably. I try to avoid things that have strong real-world connotations.

I might say "noodles" because they appear in so many cuisines that they don't immediately evoke any particular one.
 



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Exactly. Why single out pasta- over 350 different kinds used by several cultures worldwide- but give bread, sausages, beers, wines and others a pass?
Honestly I think it's the name.

D&D is, by and large, influenced most heavily by northern european history/culture. So words that are from that culture are (to me....YMMV) sort of neutral/invisible. Yes, I have wine in my games, but I don't call it vino or 葡萄酒. Doing so would add cultural connotations ("flavor" seems a loaded word in this context) that I wouldn't intend.

I hear the words "pasta" or "sushi" and they conjure all kinds of specific, present-day imagery that "beer" and "fish" and "bread" do not.

Again, YMMV. You do you.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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For some reason, I just had this idea pop into my head that gnomes would be huge fans of tortillas and tacos.

So I followed my suspicions to YouTube and found this:

I’ve seen these things in more than one Tex-Mex joint over the years, and that has to have been the neuron group that fired.
 

doctorbadwolf

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For some reason, I just had this idea pop into my head that gnomes would be huge fans of tortillas and tacos.

So I followed my suspicions to YouTube and found this:

I’ve seen these things in more than one Tex-Mex joint over the years, and that has to have been the neuron group that fired.
That’s great.
 

the Jester

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In my campaign, the dwarven sense of taste is very poor and blunt. It's so bad that dwarven food is a joke to most of the other races, and in fact, there's a whole running gag about how their racial resistance to poison comes from eating dwarven cooking.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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In my campaign, the dwarven sense of taste is very poor and blunt. It's so bad that dwarven food is a joke to most of the other races, and in fact, there's a whole running gag about how their racial resistance to poison comes from eating dwarven cooking.
Perhaps they have evolved a taste for using minerals in addition to salt as seasonings. Like...Xorn lite.

“Pass the arsenic, please.”

“Would you like done asbestos or sulphur as well?”

“On mutton? Do I look like a svirfneblin?!?l”

...which could also explain their lust for gold. Not only is it invaluable as currency and for jewelry craft, the powder could be their version of saffron.

Note: gold is used in some dishes in RW human cuisine, soooooo...

 

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For some reason, I just had this idea pop into my head that gnomes would be huge fans of tortillas and tacos.

So I followed my suspicions to YouTube and found this:

I’ve seen these things in more than one Tex-Mex joint over the years, and that has to have been the neuron group that fired.
I have always wanted one of those machines.
 




doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
A pemmican-like food could be created by a variety of cultures.
Looks like something my islands world culture of semi-nocturnal people's would make. They live by the hunt, and make just about everything that can be made from thier hunted elk-like creature, and sell what they can't use/conveniently carry.

They also like spicey food cooked quickly over high heat, with charred but still crisp root veggies, and rice. Pemmican seems like it would mix well with that.
 



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