This is the podcast in which we try not to fangirl. (That’s all of the podcasts, actually.)
We failed. (Ok I failed, Aliette asked excellent questions from her berth as an instructor on the Writing Excuses cruise and I just … well, you’ll see.)
Yoon Ha Lee’s first collection, Conservation of Shadows, and his short stories at Tor.com, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and more, have been favorites for a long time. When Ninefox Gambit came out last year, I was hooked, and Raven Strategem has come through even stronger.
On the heels of his second Hexarchate novel, Yoon stopped by to discuss tangerines, researching the history of kimchi, and the complexities of characters including Jedao. It’s all for Cooking the Books this month, both here and at the extension kitchen over at The Booksmugglers! (check out Yoon’s Booksmugglers Bonus answers!). Read his earlier Book Bite over here too!
This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #032: The Importance of Tangerines – Cooking the Books with Yoon Ha Lee contains:
- A Terrible Sweet Tooth
- A Ghost’s Whisky
- The cruelty of the Hexarchate in Tarot Form
- Enough Green Tea Cookies to Scare You
- A very dangerous tarot deck
- Pocky (you are surprised, why?)
(thanks as always to our friend Paul Weimer who helps clean up the CtB kitchen after we destroy it…)
Podcast #032: The Importance of Tangerines – Cooking the Books with Yoon Ha Lee
For a recipe, Yoon writes:
I’m actually a barely competent cook (I can follow directions, but improvisational cooking, forget it). So I’ll just tell you instead about something my mother used to make for me when I was a teenager–she’d have it waiting for me when I got back from biking around the local park. She’d make me a tomato smoothie in a blender from fresh, ripe tomatoes and maybe some ice, and sweeten it with sugar. I’ve never encountered anything like it in the USA, but I should try to recreate it one of these days. It tasted like summer.
Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera novel NINEFOX GAMBIT, first in the Machineries of Empire trilogy, was shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards. The sequel, RAVEN STRATAGEM, came out from Solaris Books in June 2017. Lee’s short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and other venues. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.