You GUYS! I am so excited! I have been waiting a LONG time for Krista Ball’s newest book – What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank. I was lucky enough to read an early version, and was TOTALLY HOOKED.
Usually Krista is a fantastic fiction writer (I’m partial to her fantasy series Tranquility’s Blaze), but with her latest book, she’s branched out into non-fiction and let me tell you, you’re going to want to pick this one up.
Here’s the blurb:
Equal parts writer’s guide, comedy, and historical cookbook, fantasy author Krista D. Ball takes readers on a journey into the depths of epic fantasy’s obsession with rabbit stew and teaches them how to catch the blasted creatures, how to move armies across enemy territories without anyone starving to death, and what a medieval pantry should look like when your heroine is seducing the hero.
Learn how long to cook a salted cow tongue, how best to serve salt fish, what a “brewis” is (hint: it isn’t beer), how an airship captain would make breakfast, how to preserve just about anything, and why those dairy maids all have ample hips.
What Kings Ate will give writers of historical and fantastical genres the tools to create new conflicts in their stories, as well as add authenticity to their worlds, all the while giving food history lovers a taste of the past with original recipes and historical notes.
If you write fantasy, or even if you’re just interested in the historical perspective of food and how our relationship with it has evolved over time, this book will be right up your alley. Even better? It’s freaking hilarious. Krista has a fantastic voice that had me laughing even as I read about things I’d never want to see in my kitchen! (Um, Seal Flipper Pie anyone?)
She also has chapters called “The Marching Stomach: The Logistics of Feeding and Army” and “There is a Horde of Orcs Chasing me, Can we Stop for Some Rabbit Stew.” But it’s not all fun and games, Krista also deals with the serious side of food – how it can be used to control the classes, how poor people were fed, preserving food, etc. It really is a fantastic read, not only for writers, but for people generally interested in the history of food and eating.
Trust me when I say if you’re writing a fantasy for NaNoWriMo, you’ll want this book in time to start your revisions in December!
Because I’m so excited about this book, I want to give away a free copy to you guys.
Just leave a comment with the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten by Midnight EST on November 11th and I’ll choose a winner at random Monday November 12th!