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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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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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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

The Kitchen Tree: Cooking the Books with Ada Palmer

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I heard Ada Palmer before I met her. One of the primary singers and songwriters for the a capella group Sassafrass, Palmer has performed at SFF conventions for many years. At my first (and – sob – last) Farthing Party, I got to see members of Sassafrass perform live, and I continue to make every effort to hear them at every occasion.

As compelling as that was, that same weekend, I also heard Palmer speak eloquently on a range of literary and historical topics, and I was forced to conclude that this was A Brilliant Person and I needed to know more.

Along with her teaching duties as a professor at the University of Chicago, Palmer supplies an endless opportunity of more (more knowledge, more delightful recipes, more insights into things I didn’t know I needed to know). She hilariously co-hosts the auction at Vericon. Occasionally appears in brilliant formal dress at one’s table at the Nebulas. And has now written one of the books that will stick with me for a long time — her first book —Too Like the Lightning (Tor 2016) with the next book soon to follow.

But what you really want is to hear Ada yourself, on topics of food and enlightenment! So please do pull up a chair, and bring your appetite.

(You know how in The Phantom Tollbooth Milo & Tock go to the Word Market and tastes all the delicious words? This podcast is going to be like that.)

 

The ingredients for podcast #23 ~ The Kitchen Tree: Cooking the Books with Ada Palmer ~ include:

  • multiple servings and preparations of gelato
  • pasta, being the best of all foods
  • porto-vino
  • intense worldbuilding methodology
  • hard truths about enlightenment-era dining
  • one Pope hat
  • dumpster diving
  • the aforementioned kitchen tree
  • 100% more flying cars

 

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Podcast #023: The Kitchen Tree – Cooking the Books with Ada Palmer

25 Years of Moving the Conversation Forward: Cooking the Books with the Tiptree Motherboard

Twenty-five years ago (February of 1991, to be exact) at Wiscon, award-winning SF author Pat Murphy set out to recognize and celebrate works that explored and expanded the understanding of gender roles. The James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award was born. Today, three members of the Tiptree Motherboard join Cooking the Books to talk about lists, awards, bake sales, space
babes, jam, and James Tiptree Jr.  Come for the history, stay for the food puns!

If you can’t change the world with chocolate chip cookies, how can you change the world? ~ Pat Murphy

The ingredients for podcast #22 ~ 25 Years of Moving the Conversation Forward: Cooking the Books with the Tiptree Motherboard ~ include:

  • bake sales by the dozens
  • chocolate chip cookies
  • jam
  • several cookbooks and the puns they rode in on
  • temporary tattoos
  • one self-rescuing spacebabe

With thanks as always to the wonderful John DeNardo, Paul Weimer, and everyone at SFSignal for shipping the chocolate chips up to the kitchen …

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Podcast #022: 25 Years of Moving the Conversation Forward: Cooking the Books with the Tiptree Motherboard

Fantastic Food & Fiction: Cooking the Books with Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel

On the third Wednesday of every month,Manhattan’s eclectic KGB Bar hosts KGB Fantastic Fiction. The SFF reading series has been going since the 1990s, featuring writers including Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, Jeffrey Ford, Scott Westerfeld, Kelly Link, China Miéville, Nancy Kress, Jack McDevitt, Stewart O’Nan, James Patrick Kelly, Barry N. Marlzberg, Samuel (Chip) Delany, Holly Black, Michael Swanwick, Kit Reed, Peter Straub, Andy Duncan, Richard Bowes, Catherynne Valente, Ellen Kushner, Jeff VanderMeer, Naomi Novik, Elizabeth Bear and a smörgåsbord of other talented authors.

Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel host the lively evening, and today, they’re joining us onCooking the Books to talk about KGB, upcoming events, anthologies, novels, fantastic fiction, and great places to eat in NYC (as well as their favorite recipes).  This is quite a feast.

** Cooking the Books Patreon Supporters also get an extra – for the first time ever, a brief outtakes clip from this episode. ** 

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A Penny For Your Sins: Cooking the Books with Matt Wallace

The first time I met Matt Wallace, he made me laugh. That’s the kind of guy he is. Granted, we were in the middle of fire season in Spokane, Washington, and laughing was a little painful and too filled with scorched air, but that’s the kind of guy Matt is too.

Even better, Matt’s written the funniest supernatural catering novellas I’ve ever read, and he came to Cooking the Books to tell us all the behind-the-scenes secrets.

So pull up a rental chair, grab some puff pastry, and enjoy Matt Wallace’s Cooking the Books.

The ingredients for podcast #020 – A Penny for Your Sins include:

  • Line Cook Status
  • Goblins, lizards, and a giant fold-out chicken
  • Chicken nuggets (no relation)
  • Angel Food (too soon?)
  • Welsh Gold, not that imported stuff
  • Puns, of course
  • Pastries
  • A question Matt asks of Twitter
  • A speed round of Questions from Twitter
  • And Matt’s Mom

Listen closely, especially if you are Alastair Reynolds, redhelldiver, Carrie Cuinn, Matt’s Mom, and gaileyfrey – your questions are among those that made it on the show!

Also, Matt has graciously shared a delicious (lizard-free!) catering recipe with us, below…

With thanks as always to the wonderful John DeNardo, Paul Weimer, Kristin Centorcelli and everyone at SFSignal for the … call to animal control. I have no excuses. None.

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Podcast #020: A Penny for Your Sins with Matt (function) Wallace

Thanks so much, Matt!