So maybe there are potatoes in Westeros after all

Remember that post I did a while back when I talked all about Old World/New World foods?  I mentioned that I added potatoes to some of my favorite Westerosi dishes, like Roast Aurochs with Leeks, because in GRRM’s writings there are already a lot of other New World foods in Westeros.  After all, beans, squash, pumpkins, pecans, and corn are all post-Columbus (and thus unknown in Medieval Europe) but make an appearance in Westeros.

Well, it turns out that at least on HBO’s Game of Thrones, potatoes do in fact exist in Westeros.

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It’s not just me. I feel better now.

After my sort-of-rant about spoilers yesterday I discovered that other people have been noticing the same phenomenon.  Notably, Stephen King made some comments on his Twitter feed about GoT spoilers.  And other people noticed.  And other sites on the intertubes also apparently made similar comments, like this article at Jezebel, this one at the Independent, and this one at C|Net.  And I am hardly the only one who suggests staying offline if you want to avoid spoilers.

So I am not crazy to think “it’s OK for me to have in-depth discussions about ASOIAF and GoT on my own blog and people screaming about spoilers should just go somewhere else”.

I feel a bit better now.

-Geoff