Guest Blogging on Shelf Pleasure Today

December 3, 2015



The tour continues! Come visit me today on Shelf Pleasure, where I talk about Deep Down and my five favorite books about food: Five Great Books About Food.

I absolutely love good food writing. I can't seem to get enough. Here's a quote from the post:

For me, good food writing is sensual, funny, heartwarming, and grounded in place and time. It’s not just about the food, but the people who gather it, prepare it, and respect it.

The other day, I was thinking that every story I've ever written has tons of food scenes in it. Here's one from Cowboy Valentine starring birria, a delicious goat stew from Mexico.

After she said a blessing, Cora’s grandmother served Cora’s favorite dish—birria, goat stew. She and Cora watched with anticipation as the g├╝ero examined his food. Would he be too squeamish? Or would he eat it? Caleb smiled. He would, and he’d enjoy it too—it tasted like lamb. Along with vegetables from their garden and fresh homemade tortillas, the stew was one of the best things he’d ever had...

Here's one from Deep Down, starring squid, of all things. Eve is making fresh sushi for Sam.
He watched, rapt, as she prepared ika, translucent, immaculate slices of squid draped over the rice. As the crunchy texture filled Sam’s mouth, he wondered how something as weird and humble as the squid could be elevated to such high levels of deliciousness.
Tangerine. Image from Wikipedia.

And one more, from my current work in progress, starring a ripe tangerine...
Lucky stood on the porch. In the cold night air, he listened to the deep quiet of the country around him, this place that had somehow become home. He ate another tangerine and remembered what it was like to sit under the tree with Harmony that afternoon. How easy it would be to fall in love with her—as easy as taking another sweet bite. The juice ran down his chin and he wiped it away with his hand.