DMs Guild Review – Joy of Monster Cooking: Devilish Desserts

Eight fiend-inspired recipes that bestow supernatural effects.

A review copy of “Joy of Monster Cooking: Devilish Desserts” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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Designed by: Lex MandrakeChris Boudreau

The Joy of Monster Cooking: Devilish Desserts is the follow-up to the Joy of Monster Cooking, providing eight recipes born out of fiendish ingredients.

I’m not familiar with the original Joy of Monster Cooking, but Devilish Desserts focuses on two things: devils and desserts.

The 15-page supplement is designed like a traditional cookbook, with an introduction followed by step-by-step instructions for each dish. None of that is technically useful, but they’re incredibly well-written and fun to read. They’re written in a personable first-person style (like all cookbooks and food blogs) by an unnamed chef who was tasked with preparing ghoulish food in Hell, before they were able to make their escape.

The recipes thus tell a darkly humorous story of the author’s exploration of fiendish culture and anatomy: “I never knew that [Orthons] had lactating mammary glands to feed their young. And did you know said glands are on their backs, not on their chests? [..] And the milk they produce is viscous and sickly green, because of course it is. This is Hell, and the work never gets any easier.”

Oddly the author is never named or identified, which is a huge missed opportunity. Many products I’ve reviewed slap an in-universe name on the cover to inject some personality and call it a day. Devilish Desserts has the opposite problem – all the personality without a name or face!

The visual production is also lacking. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by cookbooks like Heroes’ Feast, but these are a chance to really show off some wonderful layouts and artwork to elevate the fact that you’re writing a cookbook. Unfortunately Devilish Desserts features plain font, black text on white paper with gray sidebars, and some simple black and white art (though the fiery face rising from the Crepes du Abisahi is very nice).

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It’s not a real cookbook, as every ingredient requires some fiendish ingredient like Imp poison or Chain Devil blood, though the rest of the recipe certainly sounds legitimate. The resulting dishes provide magical effects based on the devil part. And because these are fiends, they giveth and taketh away.

Eating some Orthon Flan grants the Orthon’s ability to turn invisible at will for an hour, as well as their 30ft self-explosion when reaching fewer than 15 hit points. Consuming a Bone Devil Brisee will cause a barbed tail to sprout from your body, that you can use to attack and poison others, but you’ll need to make a CON save to avoid becoming poisoned yourself.

While the recipes seem legit, the supplement lacks dice-based rules for making any dishes. Presumably these rules can be found in the main Joy of Cooking supplement, but even as a companion book, they should be repeated here as well.

The positive and negative effects are the perfect solution to dining devilish desserts. All of these recipes would be perfect to players to discover while journeying through Hell in Descent Into Avernus, or a visiting a particularly well-connected café with a dark secret.

Pros:

  • Recipes are darkly humorous, evocative, and fun to read.
  • Great use of its devilish theme.
  • Consuming dishes have positive and negative effects based on their fiendish progenitors.

Cons:

  • Plain, unattractive layout with no color.
  • Lacks cooking rules (presumably found in the main Joy of Cooking).

The Verdict: While the dishes themselves  could be condensed into about two pages, the introductions and recipes in the Joy of Monster Cooking: Devilish Desserts are deliciously funny and enjoyable to read.

A review copy of “Joy of Monster Cooking: Devilish Desserts” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

Support my work by using affiliate links for shopping and pledging via Patreon.

Author: roguewatson

Freelance Writer

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