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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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)

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If you're a gamer who picked up acclaimed Irish novelist John Boyne's latest historical fiction book, The Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom, you might notice something familiar. On a page spotted by Reddit user u/nonono_ohhoho, the story's narrator describes ingredients for dyes used in dressmaking. The Redditor quickly noticed the ingredients came from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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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.

Nintendo released Breath of the Wild in 2017, adding another playable adventure in the iconic, enduring Legend of Zelda video game series.

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