I love to write about food. As someone who loves to cook and write historical fiction, it’s important for me to learn as much as possible about the place and I’m that I am writing about, and learning about the cuisine is one of the best ways for me to connect with my characters and their culture.
I recently had the good fortune to connect with Shelley Workinger, author of the Solid Series. She has a blog devoted to the topic of food in fiction, called “But What Are They Eating?” Having pursued this on my own blog, I was happy to have the chance to share something on her site, bookfare.blogspot.com. This guest post announces my new novel, Granía O’Malley, Dark Lady of Doona, to be published later this year. In the post, you’ll find a brief description of it, as well as a recipe for oatcakes with sautéed leeks and goat cheese. I developed the recipe as a result of researching food in the Elizabethan era, and writing about this famous pirate’s meals. She discovers this recipe in her travels, while hiring mercenaries to join her fleet. Please visit the blog to see the post, and enjoy!