Food, Yes, Recipes, No

I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about books with food in that I enjoyed as I grew up, even though I was the world’s pickiest eater. My mother would say, “It’s all going to the same place; what’s it matter if it touches on your plate?” She also told me that the red cabbage in my salad was orchids; that some man in South America had risked his life climbing a tree to harvest it just for me. It worked, too. Mom had no scruples about lying to an innocent little child. Or about hiding the good candy from her, either.

Anyway, my NaNoWriMo project this year has food in it, of course. Most of what I write has some kind of food in it. Food is a marker for a lot of things, so I use it. One of the main characters in  PICKLE IN A PEAR TREE is a widow who now shares a home with her unmarried brother. Her late husband was a meat and potatoes man, as is her brother. She and her husband lived all over the world, but she cooked plain American meat and potatoes for him. Now, as her brother complains to his girlfriend, suddenly she’s Miss International Kitchen.

I don’t plan to insert recipes in this one, though I may do so in another book of the Spadena Street series, but I just might put some in the back.

What do you think? Do you like books with recipes in the text or at the back or no recipes at all?

WRITING PROMPT: What kind of books does your main character read?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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