Ruthanna Emrys joins us for Cooking the Books this month, both here and at the extension kitchen over at The Booksmugglers! (check out Ruthanna’s answers to the bonus questions they asked!).
My co-host Aliette de Bodard looked forward to talking with Ruthanna about how she uses food to evoke memory in Winter Tide, her Deep Ones novel out recently from Tor.com publishing. What we didn’t realize is that we would also be talking about revising the Lovecraftian recipe, and exploring monster digestion.
This podcast contains so much salt. Also a heads up about Ruthanna’s book party with her blog co-host Anne M. Pillsworth at Wiscon in a few weeks! Are you going? Pick up a Honeyed Salt Cake for us. Or try the recipe yourself, below…
This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #030: A Taste of Salt – Cooking the Books with Ruthanna Emrys contains:
- Deep Ones comfort food
- What one would feed H.P. Lovecraft (a Book Smugglers question!)
- Truffle salt, fleur-de-sel harvested from marshes, smoked salt…
- CSA joys
- Holiday Fish Stew
- Did We Mention Ruthanna’s Book Party at WISCON
- A mention of The Litany of Earth, the short story that started it all.
- Snarky aliens
Podcast #030: A Taste of Salt – Cooking the Books with Ruthanna Emrys
Recipe: Honeyed Saltcakes
(Recipe by Nora Temkin)
Makes: 21 cookies
- ¼ C sugar
- 1.5C + 1T flour
- 1.5T fine-ground salt (People of the air who think there’s such a thing as “too much salt” may want to make this 1.5 teaspoons.)
- ½ C honey
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 egg
- ½ t baking soda
- Additional honey + coarse ground fleur de sel for glaze, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cream butter, sugar, and honey until smooth.
- Add egg and mix.
- Combine remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
- Drop spoonfuls of batter onto a greased cookie sheet, leaving room for cakes to spread to about 2 inches wide.
- Bake 9-12 minutes until lightly browned.
- Remove from oven—immediately brush with warm honey and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve warm.
Ruthanna Emrys is the author of Winter Tide, the first book in the Innsmouth Legacy series. She is also co-blogger on Tor.com’s Lovecraft Reread, and writes short stories about religion and aliens and psycholinguistics. She lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. She makes home-made vanilla, obsesses about game design, gives unsolicited advice, and occasionally attempts to save the world. You can find her on Twitter, livejournal, her website, and at Tor.com.