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The World of Warcraft franchise has an entire catalog of books under its belt, ranging from action-adventure romps to supernatural legal dramas. One upcoming title is World of Warcraft: New Flavors of Azeroth: The Official Cookbook, which covers a range of recipes from around the world of Warcraft. This isn’t the first World of Warcraft cookbook, but it does come loaded with extra lore and the in-character perspective of Nomi, a Pandaren chef who became infamous during the Legion expansion for giving players tons of burnt food.

World of Warcraft: New Flavors of Azeroth: The Official Cookbook - an introduction written by Nomi, the Pandaren chef, explaining his travels around the world.Image: Blizzard Entertainment/Insight Editions

He’s seemingly improved his craft since then, since he’s able to share recipes for tasty treats like Gnomergan Gnuggets, straight from the Darkmoon Faire.

World of Warcraft: New Flavors of Azeroth: The Official Cookbook - a full two-page spread showing the recipe for Gnomergan Gnuggets, including a shot of the food itselfImage: Blizzard Entertainment/Insight Editions

What’s particularly interesting about this new cookbook is that it covers several of the expansion zones from World of Warcraft, including the current Shadowlands. This means that players are getting little hints of lore that wouldn’t be accessible through other sources, since it’s rare that a book has time to really drill down on things like the various foodstuffs around the realms of death and how they can be used to avoid detection from nefarious forces.

World of Warcraft: New Flavors of Azeroth: The Official Cookbook - a two page spread for Quiethound meat, which is a beast that comes from the Shadowlands of Death. The recipe has been altered to be craftable by mortal hands.Image: Blizzard Entertainment/Insight Editions

This cookbook is part of a greater effort from Blizzard to round out the Warcraft universe. There have always been books about the lore, like novels bridging expansions, comic books, or books full of confirmed canon history. However, Blizzard has gotten more experimental with the structure of these books. One upcoming book is a travel guide written in character; another explores the fairy and folk tales from the various cultures around Azeroth.

World of Warcraft: New Flavors of Azeroth: The Official Cookbook is written by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, who prepared the recipes in the previous World of Warcraft cookbook, as well as a Hearthstone cookbook, an Elder Scrolls cookbook, and an Overwatch cookbook full of both recipes and little lore hints about players’ favorite heroes. New Flavors of Azeroth is scheduled to be released on June 1.

Source: Previewing World of Warcraft’s next cookbook, with Shadowlands recipes – Polygon