Cooking the Books

Artwork by Raq / Ximerae, 2014
Artwork by Raq / Ximerae, 2014



“The parallels between food & writing are so obvious and clear. It’s hard to talk about them because they’re inherent.” ~ Steven Brust

Cooking the Books is an ongoing interview project that explores the meeting points between genre fiction and food. We host written word essays AND podcasts.

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Recent interviews include:

Eat Your Heart Out: Cooking the Books with Amanda Downum, May 14, 2015

An Empire’s Hunger: Cooking the Books with Ken Liu, April 15, 2015

No Cookies for Ferrets: Cooking the Books with Jodi Meadows, March 26, 2015

Tea(s) in London(s): Cooking the Books with V.E. Schwab, February 19, 2015

Beneath Ceaseless Pies: Cooking the Books with Editor Scott H. Andrews, January 23, 2015


2014

The Infamous Lasagne Scene: Cooking the Books with Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg, December 19, 2014

Magic Wants to be Fed: Cooking the Books with Robin Hobb, November 4, 2014

It’s Hard to Fish From an Airship: Cooking the Books with Rajan Khanna, October 22, 2014

How to Cook a Shimmer: Cooking the Books with E. Catherine Tobler and the Shimmer Badgers, October 15, 2014.

The Clockwork Kitchen: Cooking the Books with Beth Cato, September 16, 2014

That’s Craft with a ‘C': Cooking the Books with Max Gladstone, July 17, 2014

Blue Goo in Space: Cooking the Books with Adam Christopher, June 24, 2014

Cookies and Con-versation: Cooking the Books with Rachel Kory, May 15, 2014

When You’re What’s On the Menu: Cooking the Books with Mur Lafferty [co-hosted at Murverse.com] April 24, 2014 (podcast!)

Attack the Geek!: Cooking the Books with Michael R. Underwood [at GeekMom.Com] (April 9, 2014)

Many Things, All At Once: Cooking the Books with Russell Galen (March 13, 2014)barbook

The Sandwich Manifesto: Cooking the Books with David Edison (February 13, 2014)

Food of the Future – A Tor.com Roundtable with Elizabeth Bear, Aliette deBoddard, Ann Leckie, Rochita Loenen Ruiz, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and Fran Wilde (January 30, 2014)

Cook All the Things: Cooking the Books with Miriam Weinberg (January 21, 2014)


2013

The Necessities of Tea: Cooking the Books with Ann Leckie (December 17, 2013)

Time You Can Eat: Cooking the Books with Bee Ridgway (November 20, 2013)

Reddit/fantasy Site of the Week AMA (October 20-27, 2013)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cooking the Books with E.C. Myers (October 7, 2013)

Libations in Literature: Cooking the Books with Laura Anne Gilman (August 22, 2013)

SUPERFOOD: Cooking the Books with Shira Lipkin & Michael D. Thomas (August 8, 2013)

Food is Personal; Food is Political: Cooking the Books with Chuck Wendig (June 18, 2013)

Sensory Overload: Cooking the Books with Walter Jon Williams (May 31, 2013)

My Little Jhereg and the Lunch of Locke Lamora April Fools’ Bartender’s Guide: Cooking the Books with Steven Brust and Scott Lynch (April 1, 2013)

Their Words, Her Test Kitchen: Cooking the Books with Chelsea Monroe-Cassel (March 7, 2013)

What Heroes Eat : Cooking the Books with Saladin Ahmed (Feb. 25, 2013)


2012

Food that Takes You Home: Cooking the Books with Aliette de Bodard (Dec. 13, 2012)

The Strange Horizons Cooking the Books Roundtable (Nov. 26, 2012) Featuring Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Frost, Nalo Hopkinson, and Scott Lynch

The Killer in the Kitchen: Cooking the Books with Steven Brust (Nov. 13, 2012)

The Importance of Pie: Cooking the Books with James D. Macdonald (Oct. 9, 2012)

The Viable Paradise Kitchen, Part 1: Cooking the Books with MacAllister Stone (Sept. 25, 2012)

Foxhole Pizza and Interstellar Quail: Cooking the Books with Joe and Gay Haldeman (August 21, 2012)

A Place to Connect: Cooking the Books with Michael Swanwick and Marianne Porter (July 25, 2012)

The Chimerical Kitchen: Cooking the Books with Elizabeth Bear (March 20, 2012)

Recipes for Darkness : Cooking the Books with Gregory Frost (February 16, 2012)


2011

Cooking the Books: Elephant Stew with Steven Gould (November 28, 2011)


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5 comments

  1. […] Cooking the Books got its start at as a conversation at a writers’ workshop with author Steven Gould. We were talking about fantastical recipes, including one called Elephant Stew (it begins, “First, cut elephant into bite-sized pieces.”). Steven said “that sounds like a recipe for a novel,” and I realized cooking was a great way for me to talk to people and ask them craft questions under the guise of food. (So far, no one suspects a _thing_.) […]

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