Q: What is “fictional food”?
A: I deem it any food that is mentioned in works of fiction, poetry, games, etc. It is generally food that doesn’t exist outside of that one context, but adds a great deal to the story in which it’s featured. In some cases, it becomes iconic, like Lembas or Butterbeer, but in other cases it provides realistic depth to the fictional setting.
Q: And “Anachro-Gastronomy”?
A: It’s my schmancy term for what I do. An anachronism is something taken out of its proper time and place. Thus, by pulling mentions of food from novels, I can present them to readers.
Q: How on earth did you start doing this?
A: By accident! In the spring of 2011, a friend and I started cooking the foods from George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. That project rapidly grew more than we ever anticipated, and we soon found ourselves with a book deal. I had so much fun turning that fictional food into a reality that I wanted to continue the culinary adventure.
Q: What is your favorite recipe so far?
A: It’s got to be the Sausage and Pears in oil, from Scott Lynch’s book The Lies of Locke Lamora. Simultaneously savory and sweet, the dish is as quirky and appealing as the novel from which it came. Noish-Pa’s flatbread has also become a staple food at home!
Q: Why fictional food?
A: To me, good food descriptions in a book help round out the world of a story. They are tangible, tasty details that make the setting more real; being able to actually eat the dish a favorite character eats brings the reader closer to the character’s world and experience. Plus, it’s an awesome way to put food on the table, whether for an everyday dinner, or a themed party, or a movie premiere.
Q: What’s in it for me?
A: Well that depends on what brings you to the blog.
If you are a reader, then you will be treated to a visual feast, along with recipes so you can actually make the dishes yourself. You may also get a sneak peek at upcoming books in the review section.
If you are an author, publisher, or in some other way affiliated with a particular book, you can send it along and I’ll review it, and create a custom recipe drawn from the text.
Q: Reviews, you say?
A: Yep! I’m adding a section to the blog that includes reviews of new and upcoming books, along with a brand new recipe!
Q: What genres do you accept work from?
A: I’ll take a look at anything. Sci Fi and Fantasy lend themselves especially well to this project, but so do historical fiction, poetry, and mystery. When it comes to enjoying fiction through food, all it takes is a keen eye and a lot of reading!