The Stitch of Story – Cooking the Books with Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado‘s short stories and essays grab the heart and the ear, the eye and the brain. They seam and sing. They steam.  Her first short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties (Greywolf Press 2017) is out this week, already making All the Lists, and Aliette and I feel so lucky to have Carmen visit to talk about food and fiction today!

It’s all  for Cooking the Books this month, both here and at the extension kitchen over at The Booksmugglers! (check out Carmen’s Booksmugglers Bonus answers!).

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #033:  The Stitch of Story – Cooking the Books with Carmen Maria Machado contains:

  • Olives
  • Kidneys… sort of
  • Unexpected pantsuits
  • Feminist Dinner Parties
  • The oppressed body
  • The way books smell
  • Liminality and Interstitials
  • New Podcast mentioned! – Racist Sandwich
  • Instructions On Not Disappearing


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(thanks as always to our friend Paul Weimer who helps clean up the CtB kitchen after we destroy it…)

Podcast #033: The Stitch of Story – Cooking the Books with Carmen Maria Machado


Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New YorkerGrantaTin HouseGuernicaElectric LiteratureAGNI, NPR, Gulf Coast, Los Angeles Review of BooksVICE, and elsewhere. Her stories have been reprinted in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Best Women’s Erotica. Her memoir House in Indiana is forthcoming in 2019 from Graywolf Press.

She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, the Speculative Literature Foundation, the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, the University of Iowa, the Yaddo Corporation, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.



Cooking the Books is a mostly-monthly podcast hosted by Fran Wilde and Aliette de Bodard.

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