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Book Bites: Children of Arkadia by Darusha Wehm

Book bites is the laid-back younger sibling of Cooking the Books. Authors share a recipe and talk about their book, all in one tasty bite. Today, we have the pleasure of going all the way around the world to introduce you to New Zealand resident Darusha Wehm. She’s a fellow sailor and among the first non-relatives to send me a photo of my (name-twin’s) beautiful walkway in Wellington, New Zealand. (Yes, Book Bites is bribable, but only with bridges.)

We hope you find the antipodean stew as delicious as the fiction…  (more…)

An Empire’s Hunger: Cooking the Books with Ken Liu

To hear Ken Liu tell it, writing his first novel, The Grace of Kings, made the multiple-award-winning author very hungry indeed.

There are justifiable reasons for this feeling… and Ken joined Cooking the Books recently to tell us why. He’s a delight to talk to, which shocked us at Cooking the Books not at all.

Ken also told us the secret recipe for what he himself likes best to eat. It’s a fantastic amalgam of good memories, great friendships, and excellent tastes.

Feeling a little hungry yourself? Pull up a chair and join us for the latest Cooking the Books, with Ken Liu! (more…)

Book Bites: Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo

Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite. Today, my friend (and co-editor of the soon to appear 50th Anniversary SFWA Cookbook) Cat Rambo is here to tell you about her gorgeous new book and first novel, Beasts of Tabat, just out!

And when you’re finished reading, check out the giveaway contest and new short story from the world of Beasts of Tabat, over at Beneath Ceaseless Skies!


Book Bites with Cat Rambo:

My family all shares a sweet tooth, and I’ve always been a fan of candy shops in fiction, to the point where I included one in my first novel, Beasts of Tabat: (more…)

No Cookies for Ferrets: Cooking the Books with Jodi Meadows

It’s tough to interview a friend for a podcast, but I did just that for you with Jodi Meadows, renowned cookie aficionado and author of the stupendously successful YA Incarnate Series, as well as the new Orphan Queen, out this month. The risks are many: giggling, talking too much, … that she knows where I live

but I didn’t realize that I would be walking into a recipe mineshaft.

It’s true. Jodi Meadows’ recipe is for the er, soup… she calls it soup… she feeds her pet ferrets. And you can only hear it here, on Cooking the Books. (more…)

Book Bites: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

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Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite. We’re so glad to have the wonderful Carrie Patel here to talk about her new Angry Robot book The Buried Life, which debuted on March 3.

Book Bites with Carrie Patel:

The Buried Life takes place in an underground city filled with scheming blue bloods, cunning detectives, and plucky laundresses. While food isn’t the centerpiece of the story, characters frequently come together to share a bite and a drink while they trade secrets and barbs.

In a status-obsessed city like Recoletta, the cuisine also reflects the venue—fashionable whitenails dine on canapés and caviar, and working-class characters enjoy meat and potatoes. Also, since inter-city trade is limited, all but the most expensive dinners must come from ingredients provided by Recoletta’s local farming communes. (more…)

Tea(s) in London(s): Cooking the Books with V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab’s 2014 adult fantasy debut from Tor Books, Vicious, delighted readers. This year, V. begins another amazing series: A Darker Shade of Magic.  ADSOM (look for the hashtag this week and next on twitter) introduces multiple Londons: Red, Gray, and White… as well as a dangerous, but disappeared, Black London.

V. was kind enough to sit down with Cooking the Books to discuss many things, including A Darker Shade of Magic, coming from the future, and living in the Internet. (more…)

Book Bites: Stranger & Hostage by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

Very excited to announce a new column, called Book Bites! Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite.

Even more exciting are our inaugural guests: Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown have dropped by to share a bite of their book HOSTAGE with you.

Book Bites, with Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown

Our YA series, The Change, starting with STRANGER and HOSTAGE (download an excerpt here) is set in a kind of Gold Rush crossed with X-Men setting, on the ruins of Los Angeles. That called for a diverse set of cultures—and that means an interesting variety of foods. We describe food a lot in the books, because we both really like food.

So when the opportunity came up to do this Book Bites blog, the first thing to mind was apple crumble. Rachel had one recipe, which is a delicious one. Sherwood faced a dilemma. (more…)

Beneath Ceaseless Pies: Cooking the Books with Editor Scott H. Andrews


Beneath Ceaseless Skies Best of Year Five

Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine began in 2008, when Scott H. Andrews noticed a need for more venues that celebrated secondary world short fiction. (And we’re very glad he did!) When you visit their website (repeatedly,) you’ll learn: “Beneath Ceaseless Skies is an online magazine of “literary adventure fantasy”:  fantasy set in secondary-world or historical settings, with a literary focus on the characters.  BCS […] was named Runner-Up for the Million Writers Award for Best New Online Magazine of the year, and in six years has published over 335 stories and 140 audio fiction podcasts.  BCS has been a finalist for two Hugo Awards, one British Science Fiction Association Award, two Parsec podasting awards, two Aurealis Awards, and four World Fantasy Awards, and stories from BCS have won the Aurealis Award and the World Fantasy Award.”

This month, Scott H. Andrews joins us to talk about pie — from lemon and bourbon pies to chocolate tofu pie –, editing, his favorite food and beverage pairings with BCS stories, and much more. (more…)

The Infamous Lasagna Scene: Cooking the Books with Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

Welcome to Nene Ormes, Cooking the Books International Correspondent! 

Hello dear listeners!

This is the first Cooking the Books out of Sweden and I, your constantly curious gourmonaut, had the opportunity to travel to Stockholm to visit with Sara B Elfgren and Mats Strandberg. Together they not only served me tea and a proper tray of seven cookies for fika, they have also written the Engelsfors-triology and that in turn have swept over the world. We spent a lovely half hour chatting about how teenage witches deal with normal school life, family and food when they’re not trying to stop the end of the world. We stumble along in English and hope that you all have patience with us. So pour yourself a cup of something nice and welcome to take fika with us!


A manifeasto from Nene Ormes, new Cooking the Books Correspondent

This summer, Malmo, Sweden-based author and foodie Nene Ormes and I were talking about food (as one does) and fiction (ditto). I mentioned to her my desire to widen the table at Cooking the Books. Her response was brilliant and delicious, as you might expect. I’m so pleased to share with you the news that Nene will be joining Cooking the Books, bringing tasty literary treats from Scandanavia now and then.

we are very excited.

Without further ado, I would like to introduce the wonderful Nene Ormes by letting her tell you a little about herself.

Cooking the Books goes to Scandinavia, or a Manifeasto

By Nene Ormes (twitter / blog)

When asked about Swedish food culture I immediately reach for the old things, the festive things, the feast of old. We see a lot of it represented in books and movies, in fairytale and myth. (more…)