Sunday, November 6, 2011

Food. Glorious Food!

Posted by: Jenny Schwartz
I love the strange and adventurous foods in fantasy novels.

Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) has an amusing trick with her light SF Harmony novels. The foods are similar to those from Earth, but slightly different. So the characters drink coff-tea and eat pear-berries.

Fairytales make a big deal about food with Snow White eating a poisoned apple, Goldilocks stealing breakfast and various draughts of forgetfulness, immortality or love sickness causing no end of trouble.

When I was writing my Steampunk novella, "Wanted: One Scoundrel", I couldn't resist adding a Steampunk touch to the suffragette afternoon tea. Fog cakes have a dab of dry ice in their centre so they "fog" as the automated butler hands them round.

Do you have a favourite fantasy food?


We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas
Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband’s love. A man learns that love isn’t always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.
Anthology includes:
Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail
This Winter Heart by PG Forte
Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz
Far From Broken by JK Coi
Stories also available for purchase separately.
117,000 words
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The anthology releases December 5 from Carina Press.


  1. I know, I love the idea of fog cakes!

    I think I'd like to see more food in stories on the whole. Adds to the senses

  2. I agree! Fantasy food is calories free (guilt free!) and we need more of it!


    Yours in fictional gluttony :)

  3. I'm a fan of fantasy, I'm a fan of food. What can I say - fantasy food must be doubly good. And as you say, calorie free.

  4. Eleni ... now all I need to discover is calorie free Xmas food and I'll be set! :)


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