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Book Bites: Corsair by James Cambias

Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite.

Since the first time I served on a food panel with James Cambias at LoneStarCon, I’ve been impressed by his epic familiarity with foodie goodness, his bow ties and sartorial flair, and his ability to converse on many topics. Moreover, I’m delighted by the premise of his new book, Corsair (Tor, May 2015), a near-future, hard-SF thriller about space pirates where David Schwartz, a self-taught genius who has made millions stealing payloads of valuable Helium-3 from the Moon and Captain Elizabeth Santiago of the Air Force’s Space Command are caught in a private war that ranges from the waters off Cuba to the surface of the Moon.

Welcome, James! (more…)

Eat Your Heart Out: Cooking the Books with Amanda Downum

Author Amanda Downum’s Necromancer Chronicles (The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdoms of the Dust), and her numerous short stories explore dark and, sometimes, damp corners of fantasy, all while enveloping her readers in a cloud of vivid taste and smell. Amanda Downum is a cook of the unusual, you see… including several particular dishes she discusses while visiting Cooking the Books.

As importantly as those dishes, her latest novel, Dreams of Shreds and Tatters, is out this week, and early reviews are very positive. Amanda discusses with us some of the hidden secrets of Dreams, along with facts about the characters hidden because they are too busy running for their lives.

So have a seat, steady your heart, and join us for the latest Cooking the Books, with Amanda Downum! (more…)

Book Bites: Tide of Shadows by Aidan Moher

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 charming, Hugo-award-winning editor of A Dribble of Ink, Aidan Moher here to talk about his new collection of short stories, Tide of Shadows and Other Stories. The collection of tales, which takes readers from star-faring military science fiction to the dragon-infested kingdom of Copperkettle Vale, debuts today!

(also since we were feeling generous, we let Aidan keep those extra ‘u’s in ‘flavour’ and ‘humour’.)

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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…)