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Writing As An Adventurous Foodie: Delectable Dishes in Fiction I've Written

Many book promoters tell women writers to occasionally blog about food and recipes. The idea is to make us more accessible, more like our readers. It’s part of that “branding” game we’re advised to play.


Except for one post a few years ago, I’ve never been much tempted to write about food in my author website. Not that it’s a topic I don’t care about.


Actually, I do love food and concocting dishes and I share this love with characters in my books. Justin, the culinary whiz-nerdy hero of Welcome Reluctant Stranger (Book 3, Between Two Worlds) takes after his mother who is a great cook. The mother is the heroine in Hello Agnieszka (Book 2, a prequel set in the seventies) where, true to her Polish roots, she makes bigos—a beef stew—and pierogis—like potstickers but often boiled and can have either sweet or savory fillings.


I used to write about food in the first blog I started in 2010, but that blog mysteriously went AWOL. I’m slowly resurrecting those posts in my new blog Artsy Rambler. Many of those posts were not on cooking but about the food I find in places I’ve traveled. I wrote a series of posts, for instance, on my experience eating and cooking in Paris when I was there for a few months in 2012.


I seldom give recipes when I write about specific dishes. Why? Well, I’m something of an adventurous foodie. This is what that means to me: I will taste many things strange to the American palate at least once (though I drew the line on chili grasshoppers in Oaxaca—actually I think I tried one teensy piece with my eyes closed). Smelly cheese does not make me pinch my nose (despite my very sensitive olfactories) and animal entrails do not make me puke. I am also an eyeball-it, use-what-you-have, taste-as-you-go kind of cook so I take chances when making any dish. Except in baking cakes, this approach often works for me.


Justin (Welcome Reluctant Stranger), like me, is an adventurous foodie. Despite his Polish mother, for instance, he adapts to Leilani’s (the heroine) palate and makes a fusion dish of meatballs with Indonesian peanut sauce on fetuccini. In Hello, My Love (Book 1), his mother Agnieszka serves tagine, a Moroccan dish. She’s also an adventurous foodie.


class=My foray into food in fiction reaches a new height in my latest novel, Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies. Gina , the main character, cooks for a restaurant that serves haute cuisine.


I have eclectic tastes in food as do several of my characters. It’s actually easy to be sucked into the foods of many cultures if, like me, you live in an area enriched by many ethnic groups.

Source: www.evyjourney.com
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review 2017-10-05 03:09
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Adventurous Me (Me, You, and Us) (Volume... Adventurous Me (Me, You, and Us) (Volume 1) - Deanndra Hall

Adventurous Me by Deanndra Hall is a great read.  Ms Hall has delivered a well-written book.  This is a BDSM story though, so it may not be for everyone.  Trish and Clint's story is full of drama, angst, bits of humor and lots of steamy sexy bits.  I'm not into BDSM but now and then I'll shuffle one into the kindle deck to mix things up.  I have to say, I enjoyed this one more than some of the others.  Ms Hall has just the right balance to keep this from being over angsty.  I enjoyed reading Adventurous Me and look forward to reading more from Deanndra Hall in the future.   


I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from clicking a newsletter link.

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review 2016-01-07 00:00
Duct Tape: 101 Adventurous Ideas for Art, Jewelry, Flowers, Wallets and More
Duct Tape: 101 Adventurous Ideas for Art, Jewelry, Flowers, Wallets and More - Forest Walker Davis As a late Christmas present, my mother gifted me Duct Tape by Forest Walker Davis. It presents the reader with many beautiful and interesting ideas of things to make with duct tape. From flowers and sculptures to wallets and belts, this book is guaranteed to give you some great ideas on what to make! With some portions, there are also short tutorials on how to create them, others with explanations on how they're made. Overall, it's a great little craft book, featuring an incredibly versatile product!
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review 2016-01-01 00:00
The PHO Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles
The PHO Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Re... The PHO Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles - Andrea Nguyen I was excited when I was approved to read this book from Netgalley. My boyfriend and I have been wanting to try Pho, but did not have a place to try it where we live.
This cookbook is one of the best I’ve used in a while. It has the history of the dish, the authors travels, and it has great tasting, easy to make recipes. What more can you possibly want in a cookbook?
If you are interested in trying new foods, easy recipes, great ingredients, the history of the dish, and reading about travels to other countries, I would definitely recommend. I can’t wait to have a physical copy in my hands to add to my cookbook collection!!
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quote 2015-06-19 13:26
“Writing fiction feels like an adventurous act, nudging aside reality a word at a time.”

~ James Van Pelt

Source: writingquotes.tumblr.com/post/121875306254/writing-fiction-feels-like-an-adventurous-act
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