Rocket Fuel: Cooking the Books with Mary Robinette Kowal

What Mary Robinette Kowal brings to the Cooking the Books table is no fewer than seven novels, two short story collections, more than 70 short stories, a blog that boosts other writers with My Favorite Bit, advocacy and volunteering, the Writing Excuses Podcast AND Cruise, the Futurescapes Writing Workshop, and an unfortunate attachment to okra, although she explains to me frequently that I’ve just not had it cooked properly.  There’s a lot more as well (audio recordings, puppetry, a serious dedication to both fashion and typewriters…)

Mary is an outstanding cook and has been visiting NASA often for research on her latest books — part of the Lady Astronaut of Mars series — The Calculating Stars and The Fated Skythe first of which is out July 3 CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON THE LAUNCH PARTY. (the second appears August 21). So of course we asked her about space food.

It’s all for Cooking the Books this month, both here and at the extension kitchen over at The Booksmugglers! (check out Chelsea’s Booksmugglers Bonus answers!).She joins Aliette de Bodard and me for Cooking the Books this month (in our 65th interview & 38th podcast episode!) to dish on all the details.

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #038: Rocket Fuel – Cooking the Books with Mary Robinette Kowal contains:

  • Thoughts on jiffy pop and early math
  • the taste of tinned beans
  • MANY ROCKET INNUENDO
  • chess pie and biscuits
  • What the food at Nasa is like
  • potential ROCKET INNUENDO VALENTINE CANDY
  • a make your own macaroni & cheese bar
  • Astronaut Kibble
  • That point at which we lose it over space food puns
  • And much more.


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

Podcast #038: Rocket Fuel – Cooking the Books with Mary Robinette Kowal