What Mary Robinette Kowal brings to the Cooking the Books table is no fewer than seven novels, two short story collections, more than 70 short stories, a blog that boosts other writers with My Favorite Bit, advocacy and volunteering, the Writing Excuses Podcast AND Cruise, the Futurescapes Writing Workshop, and a somewhat unfortunate attachment to okra, although she explains to me frequently that I’ve just not had it cooked properly. There’s a lot more as well (audio recordings, puppetry, a serious dedication to both fashion and typewriters…)
Mary is an outstanding cook and has been visiting NASA often for research on her latest books — part of the Lady Astronaut of Mars series — The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, the first of which is out July 3 CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON THE LAUNCH PARTY. (the second appears August 21). So of course we asked her about space food.
She joins Aliette de Bodard and me for Cooking the Books this month (in our 65th interview & 38th podcast episode!) to dish on all the details.
This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #038: Rocket Fuel – Cooking the Books with Mary Robinette Kowal contains:
- Thoughts on jiffy pop and early math
- the taste of tinned beans
- MANY ROCKET INNUENDO
- chess pie and biscuits
- What the food at Nasa is like
- potential ROCKET INNUENDO VALENTINE CANDY
- a make your own macaroni & cheese bar
- Astronaut Kibble
- That point at which we lose it over space food puns
- And much more.
And visit additional Cooking the Books content over on the The Booksmugglers!
(Thanks as always to our friend Paul Weimer who helps clean up the CtB kitchen after we destroy it…)
Podcast #038: Rocket Fuel – Cooking the Books with Mary Robinette Kowal
Mary’s Recipes: Chess Pie and Sour Cream Pound Cake
Since I was little, this is the cake I request for my birthday. Mom mails one to me every year. We requested it for our wedding cake. This is the ur cake. This is the platonic ideal of cake.
- 2 sticks butter
- 3 c. sugar
- 3 c. plain flour
- 1 c. sour cream
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 6 eggs separated
- 2 tsp. orange extract
- 2 tsp. lemon extract
Cream butter and sugar lightly. Add sour cream; mix soda, 1/2 c. flour and add; mix thoroughly. Add unbeaten egg yolks and remaining flour alternately. Lastly, beat whites light and fold them into other mixture — never beat them in.
Pour into funnel cake pan. Have bottom of pan covered with waxed paper and sides well greased. Bake in 325-degree oven for 1 1/4 hours. Never open door before this amount of time is up — then look. If cake needs more baking, do so.
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
1. Prep pie crust and keep cool.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series, Ghost Talkers, and the forthcoming Lady Astronaut duology. She’s a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit maryrobinettekowal.com