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The Stitch of Story – Cooking the Books with Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado‘s short stories and essays grab the heart and the ear, the eye and the brain. They seam and sing. They steam.  Her first short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties (Greywolf Press 2017) is out this week, already making All the Lists, and Aliette and I feel so lucky to have Carmen visit to talk about food and fiction today!

It’s all  for Cooking the Books this month, both here and at the extension kitchen over at The Booksmugglers! (check out Carmen’s Booksmugglers Bonus answers!).

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #033:  The Stitch of Story – Cooking the Books with Carmen Maria Machado contains:

  • Olives
  • Kidneys… sort of
  • Unexpected pantsuits
  • Feminist Dinner Parties
  • The oppressed body
  • The way books smell
  • Liminality and Interstitials
  • New Podcast mentioned! – Racist Sandwich
  • Instructions On Not Disappearing


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(thanks as always to our friend Paul Weimer who helps clean up the CtB kitchen after we destroy it…)

Podcast #033: The Stitch of Story – Cooking the Books with Carmen Maria Machado

The Importance of Tangerines: Cooking the Books with Yoon Ha Lee

This is the podcast in which we try not to fangirl.

We failed. (Ok I failed. Aliette asked excellent, competent, brilliant questions from her berth as an instructor on the Writing Excuses cruise and I just … well, you’ll see.)

Yoon Ha Lee’s first collection, Conservation of Shadows, and his short stories at Tor.com, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and more, have been favorites for a long time. When Ninefox Gambit came out last year, I was hooked, and Raven Strategem has come through even stronger.

On the heels of his second Hexarchate novel, he stopped by to discuss tangerines, researching the history of kimchi, and the complexities of characters including Jedao. It’s all  for Cooking the Books this month, both here and at the extension kitchen over at The Booksmugglers! (check out Yoon’s Booksmugglers Bonus answers!). Read Yoon’s earlier Book Bite over here too!

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #032:  The Importance of Tangerines – Cooking the Books with Yoon Ha Lee contains:

  • Kimchi
  • A Terrible Sweet Tooth
  • A Ghost’s Whisky
  • Tangerines
  • The cruelty of the Hexarchate in a tarot deck
  • Enough Green Tea Cookies to Scare You
  • A very dangerous tarot deck
  • Pocky (you are surprised, why?)

Lines of Supply: Cooking the Books with Malka Older

Our fabulous friend Malka Older found time between busy moments at BEA to talk with co-host Aliette de Bodard and me about her relief work in Japan after Fukushima, writing the data-driven, sf stunners Infomocracy and Null States (out soon from Tor.Com Publishing!) and telling us what foods go away first in an infomocracy universe. It’s all  for Cooking the Books this month, both here and at the extension kitchen over at The Booksmugglers! (check out Malka’s Booksmugglers Bonus answers!).

Haven’t read Infomocracy yet? Now’s the time — so you can get caught up for Null States! (and read Malka’s earlier Book Bite over here too)

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #031:  Lines of Supply – Cooking the Books with Malka Older contains:

  • One half dash, procrastination
  • Three heaping spoonfuls of prognostication
  • A possible pigeon
  • A handful of social programming
  • A touch of poetry
  • Only the best picadillo


Ready? Subscribe to the Podcast here! Or on iTunes! Or click play below:
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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 #031: Lines of Supply – Cooking the Books with Malka Older

A Taste of Salt: Cooking the Books with Ruthanna Emrys

Read excerpts at Tor.com | Buy at : Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieboundRuthanna Emrys joins us for Cooking the Books this month, both here and at the extension kitchen over at The Booksmugglers! (check out Ruthanna’s answers to the bonus questions they asked!).

My co-host Aliette de Bodard looked forward to talking with Ruthanna about how she uses food to evoke memory in Winter Tide, her Deep Ones novel out recently from Tor.com publishing. What we didn’t realize is that we would also be talking about revising the Lovecraftian recipe, and exploring monster digestion.

This podcast contains so much salt. Also a heads up about Ruthanna’s book party with her blog co-host Anne M. Pillsworth at Wiscon in a few weeks! Are you going? Pick up a Honeyed Salt Cake for us. Or try the recipe yourself, below…

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #030: A Taste of Salt – Cooking the Books with Ruthanna Emrys

On the Hot Seat: Cooking the Books with Agent Barry Goldblatt

For the second Cooking the Books of 2017, we’re joined (a few minutes into the podcast, be patient) by my new co-host for the show – the wonderful Aliette de Bodard. More exciting things are coming soon for Cooking the Books as well! Stay tuned.

With that in mind, we concocted a fairly rowdy (ok it’s really rowdy) Cooking the Books session with agent & foodie Barry Goldblatt, which ranges all over the place but eventually comes back around to food and books. Since Barry’s my agent, Aliette’s in charge of asking most of the tough questions (thanks to the wonders of twitter, our friend Dongwon Song tossed in one from the peanut gallery as well…).

This podcast contains a LOT of candy, as fair amount of nourishing things, and a great list of books coming out in the spring & summer of 2017.

Delicious, yes? YES.

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #029 is On the Hot Seat – Cooking the Books with Agent Barry Goldblatt

Double Trouble: Cooking the Books with Mur Lafferty and Laura Anne Gilman

For the first Cooking the Books of 2017, we’re delighted to have Mur Lafferty, author of Six Wakes (Orbit, 2017) and Laura Anne Gilman, author of The Cold Eye (Saga Press, 2017) visit to talk about scarcity, intestinal distress, and things that can go wrong on a journey…

… really, these are good things!

Gilman and Lafferty also talked with Cooking the Books about feeding the creative mind during tumultuous times and chocolate, so this podcast has layers, friends.

Both authors are repeat visitors to Cooking the Books, and you can catch up with previous interviews here and here. Their latest books are gaining acclaim (check out The Cold Eye at Library Journal & Six Wakes at NPR) and these two are absolutely authors to watch going forward, with Gilman just announcing a new deal with Saga, and Lafferty’s first series, The Shambling Guide to New Orleans slated for production with Netflix.

Delicious, no?

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #028: Double Trouble – Cooking the Books with Mur Lafferty and Laura Anne Gilman contains:

  • Food printers
  • Jerky
  • Chocolate
  • Phở
  • Clones
  • A deal with the Devil
  • A live pig, sort of
  • An unexpected journey
  • A nod to The Diamond Age
  • Several moments of hilarity & sidetracking

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Podcast #028: Double Trouble with Mur Lafferty and Laura Anne Gilman

Invasive Cuisine: Cooking the Books with Chuck Wendig

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Let’s face it. Chuck Wendig practically owns Cooking the Books (actually he’s been charging me for the knock knock jokes and I had to put the podcast in hock to pay for it, so he kind of does).  Sometimes he lets me play on his blog, Terribleminds, too. But as I’m still cleaning up from all the ants he sent over to celebrate the launch of Invasive – the companion novel to Zeroes, which I loved last year – we have to work out of the Cooking The Books kitchen today because ANTS.

Space Weevils: Cooking the Books with David D. Levine

Space Weevils: Cooking the Books with David Levine

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Amazon | Barnes & Noble |Powell’s | Indiebound

Award-winning author, David D. Levine‘s first novel, Arabella of Mars, is a science-fantasy that takes you to the stars! Here’s the publisher’s lead:

Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.

However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew…if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars.

Arabella of Mars, the debut novel by Hugo-winning author David D. Levine, offers adventure, romance, political intrigue, and Napoleon in space!

We’re thrilled David could join us to talk about Arabella of Mars, scurvy, space weevils, gravity, and more!

I’ll Just Put the Kettle On: Cooking the Books with Emma Newman

Last fall, I was invited to the Tea & Jeopardy podcast for … you guessed it: tea. Along the way, I engaged in Mild Peril and was sung to by chickens.The delight didn’t end there, for I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know author Emma Newman, the host of Tea & Jeopardy.

Now it’s my great pleasure to have Emma over to this side of the ocean, in order to discuss, among other things: tea, masked balls, community, outrage, activism, and cake. We do break a few dishes at the outset, and discuss a few recent events (the recording was made before the Brexit referendum), but then we put the kettle on and talk about Emma’s books, the exquisite Planetfall (Roc, 2015) and the upcoming After Atlas (Roc, November, 2016), as well as her upcoming novella for Tor.com publishing, the LARP of the world of her split worlds books, as well as the masked ball she threw last year, what Lord Poppy would eat, and much more.

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Order After Atlas

The ingredients for podcast #24 ~ I’ll Just Put the Kettle On: Cooking the Books with Emma Newman ~ include:

  • a kettle (naturally)
  • cake (ditto)
  • a tea mug hierarchy
  • a short digression into the finding of authors who happen to be female
  • the Earl-Grey Hot problem
  • An elegant ball
  • Rudimentary fan language
  • Men wearing red lipstick and eyeliner
  • Fanfic
  • Total despair mixed with gelatin, poured into the shape of a bunny rabbit
  • Questions from Twitter

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Podcast #024: I’ll Just Put the Kettle On: Cooking the Books with Emma Newman