An Empire’s Hunger: Cooking the Books with Ken Liu

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To hear Ken Liu tell it, writing his first novel, The Grace of Kings, made the multiple-award-winning author very hungry indeed.

There are justifiable reasons for this feeling… and Ken joined Cooking the Books recently to tell us why. He’s a delight to talk to, which shocked us at Cooking the Books not at all.

Ken also told us the secret recipe for what he himself likes best to eat. It’s a fantastic amalgam of good memories, great friendships, and excellent tastes.

Feeling a little hungry yourself? Pull up a chair and join us for the latest Cooking the Books, with Ken Liu!

The ingredients for podcast #010 – An Empire’s Hunger include:

  • Three servings of home cooking
  • Old historical romances (to taste)
  • 15% Big Data
  • A handful of algorithms and networks
  • An Emperor’s sad perplexity
  • Ginger vinegar
  • Wealth and power
  • Heaps of potstickers
  • Other kinds of hunger
  • One BEST Cooking the Books pun EVER
  • Street kebabs
  • A Splendid Urn

With thanks as always to the wonderful John DeNardo, Paul Weimer, Kristin Centorcelli and everyone at SFSignal for the extra knife lessons. They assure me everything will grow back.

Leave your questions here after the podcast and we’ll be sure Ken gets them.

Ready? Subscribe to the Podcast here! Or click play below:

Podcast #010: An Empire’s Hunger: Cooking the Books with Ken Liu

(No recipe this time, but a heads up — the 50th Anniversary SFWA Cookbook is coming soon with many delicacies! Stay tuned.)

author_headshotKen Liu ( is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, was published by Saga Press in April 2015. Saga will also publish a collection of his short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, in November 2015.

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