For the very last Cooking the Books during the holiday season, we have something special for you… both Navah Wolfe and Joe Monti have come all the way from Saga Press to talk about their first year at Simon & Schuster’s new genre imprint, as well as to preview some of 2016’s selections.
And they’ve brought an enormous giveaway…
… The ENTIRE 2015 Saga Press Catalog. (contest rules at the end).
Before we get to that, be sure to listen to the podcast – which may or may not contain raisins.
The ingredients for podcast #017: A Saga Press Cornucopia with Navah Wolfe and Joe Monti
- tea, copious amounts
- umami tastes, … as long as you can pronounce umami
- raisins in cookies… you decide.
- the entire 2015 Saga Press catalog
- a big breakfast, with scones
- rats named Sycorax and Caliban
- one teacup with ‘you’ve been poisoned’ painted at the bottom
- a pie crust hack
- plus several 2016 Saga Press books, including Mishell Baker’s Borderline, Genevieve Valentine’s Icon, Lee Kelley’s A Criminal Magic, Frederick Durbin’s A Green and Ancient Light, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales Anthology (aka: my precioussss), Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie, and Kat Howard’s gorgeous Roses and Rot
Heartfelt thanks to John DeNardo, Kristin Centorcelli, Paul Weimer and everyone at SFSignal for ignoring what happend on our first foray into producing Earl Grey, hot! with the 3D food printer. We will not try to produce both cup and hot liquid simultaneously ever again.
Please enjoy your delicious Cooking the Books podcast below, join in the contest/melee for All The Books, and help us congratulate Saga Press on a great first year!
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Podcast #017: A Saga Press Cornucopia with Navah Wolfe and Joe Monti
As is our tradition, Joe has shared a recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar or packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (In the microwave for less than a minute will do.)
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
- Slowly (but not too slowly or the butter will solidify) drizzle in the butter and stir with a fork until the mixture looks moist and crumbly. Tough, I know.
- Press the dough evenly over the bottom (Watch the middle!) and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish. (If you have a 10″ dish, you’ll need to make more to achieve the side crust as this just makes enough for a 9-incher.) You can crimp the edges or leave them as is — I believe the term is “rustic” or homemade.
- And if the recipe calls for a prebaked piecrust, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the pie shell with aluminum foil (or parchment paper) and fill with dried beans or pie weights. I use beans which I keep in a ziplock. They typically last a few years!)
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove the foil and beans and bake for an additional 5 – 7 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remember: Let cool before filling! So plan a bit ahead.
- I use this crust for nearly everything. I haven’t burnt one yet!
- If you want a thicker crust, double the recipe and use about 1 3/4 of it, more on the bottom and for the crust.
Joe Monti has always been drawn to the deep pull of story and rich characters. With a preference towards a strong narrative, whether that comes in fantasy or science fiction, commercial or literary, mainstream or genre, speculative fiction or slipstream, urban fantasy, horror or supernatural suspense, it is about those voices that resonate. Before joining Saga Press in 2013, Joe worked in the industry for 18 years as a literary agent, an editor, a buyer, and a sales rep. His authors have won the National Book Award, the Hugo award, the Nebula award, the World fantasy award, a Michael L. Printz award, and have been New York Times bestsellers.
Navah Wolfe is an editor at Saga Press. She is the co-editor, along with Dominik Parisien, of The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, an anthology of cross-genre fairy tale retellings. She previously spent six years as an editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where she worked on many bestselling books, including some that have won awards such as the Printz Honor, The Pura Belpré Award, The Pen/Faulkner Award, The Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She has also spent time working in a children’s bookstore, on a climbing wall, and in a zoo. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two tiny humans, and one editorial cat. Find her on Twitter at @navahw.