I image there is a story behind this book. My guess is that it came up from a misspelling of Desert but whatever the reason I hope to one learn it. This is a book that every gamer needs!! Its free so what reason is there not to down load it?
Bits of the Banquet: Into the Dessert is a PDF by Tabletop Adventurers. The seven page PDF is written by Marcella Ganow and she can write in a way that makes my mouth water. The PDF has clip art that is very much what one would expect in this book. It is all medieval style people eating and drinking. And as a free PDF it is under priced.
Before I get to all the food goodness I really like that in the introduction they have included a web page address where one can find many of the recipes to the food that is described here. I have not looked at it yet but what a great surprise to describe some medieval style food to the players and then be able to present them with the real thing to eat and enjoy. And since this is all about desserts it would hopefully fill the sweet tooth that many gamers seem to enjoy.
There are twenty desserts described here. Each is a few sentences in length and filled with words that enhance the senses especially that of smell. A few of them have a little note for the DM explaining what might be in the center or telling the DM that these treats happen to travel well. Nothing in the book is devious so there are no poisoned dishes in here or anything like that. But a sinister DM could of course easily add such elements. Here is a sample of one of them and possible my favorite of them all. I really like pears.
Four red-brown pears are glazed with a wine reduction sauce and soaked dried fruits. The exotic scents of cinnamon, cloves and sandalwood almost overpower the sweet scent arising from the warm pears. The reddish brown syrup darkens the skin of the pears and pools in the bottom of the dish. The sweet syrup has captured a small ant in one corner of the dish.
This is one of those products that when used well can really add another dimension to the game. It can be tough though to add some awesome details about some food and not have the players paranoid about it since most DMs only use this type of detail on something that is important to the campaign. I am a big fan of the Bits of series of PDFs that Tabletop Adventures has been producing. If they can do this well with just desserts I would like to see what they can do with a nice multiple course regal banquet. I would have to imagine that such a product would make almost anyone hungry for more. And like the book the puns are free.