Zelda Breath of the Wild recipe accidentally added into author's novel
A Reddit user spots the unique ingredients in John Boyne's historical drama novel.
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In Breath of the Wild, the ingredients for red dye require an apple, spicy pepper, Hylian shroom, sunshroom, ruby, fire keese wing and a red lizalfos tail. Writer and podcaster Dana Schwartz tried to trace Boyne's steps to see if the the video game reference was an Easter egg or a mistake, since the historical novel does not take place in the same world as the game.
"So, while John Boyne was doing a perfunctory google search for how to dye clothes red he found a site listing monster parts and accidentally put them in his very serious book," Schwartz hypothesized on Twitter.
The news finally made it back to Boyne who responded good-naturedly to Schwartz's thread.