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To celebrate the advent of a new Riverside Audiobook - narrated by your humble co-author - we like to throw a little contest, to give you a chance to win a FREE download of our latest from Neil Gaiman Presents: The Fall of the Kings, by Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman.

Last time, it was Book Covers – this time, it’s CUISINE!
FOTK final NGP cover
We invite you to create a
for food described in any of the "Riverside" books . .  or food that you think one of our characters would enjoy--or a MENU for a meal they might eat . . . . You can even name a new dish for a character (What would Cherries Tremontaine taste like? what’s in a Riverside Fool?) . . .   And, of course, we welcome all recipes for how to make a really decent cup of chocolate.

1) Post your recipe (or menu) somewhere online on one of your own social media sites (LJ, Tumblr, FaceBook, blog, whatever--but your site, not mine!) where all your friends can see it, explaining what it's for (by LINKING either back to this post, or to the audiobook itself).  Entries without links to what we're supporting here will be judged severely.

2) Post a link to that in the Commments on this page, below.
(If you don't know how to link to a FaceBook entry - and many don't - just tell us it's on your Facebook page, with either a link to the page, or your actual FB name.)

The most delectable 10 entries will each get a FREE DOWNLOAD of the new audiobook!

And don’t worry – if you’ve already pre-ordered your copy, you’ll be able to give your winning Download to a friend.
The winning recipes may also appear (with permission) on the CUISINE section of my new website (currently a WIP, but coming soon in all its glory!).

Contest extended to MIDNIGHT on FRIDAY, August 23rd
-- in time for us to judge them, & to send out the Secret Audiobook Prize Code in time for you to for
THE FALL OF THE KINGS AUDIOBOOK Release Day: Tuesday, August 27!


Aug. 24th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
Last Minute Entry, Coming Through!
Whew! 10 minutes left! Here's my menu for the Highcombe meal from TPOTS: http://horrendousthings.tumblr.com/post/59165611327/recipe-contest

Explaining This Madness:

I know this is a TFOTK contest, but the Highcombe feast is hands down my favorite food moment in all the ‘Riverside’ books and stories. It may just be my favorite food moment in fantasy period. So, I decided to create a menu for it that might be prepared by a chef in the real world (for when the City gets turned into a theme park, naturally). I tried to keep the dishes appropriate for a general 17th-18th century Western European milieu, but I figured Alec wouldn’t hesitate to splurge on a few imported ingredients here and there.

I had to really work to make this menu harmonious, and I’m rather proud of my wine choice, if I may say so myself. Pairing a heady winter wine with fish, fowl, and cheese is no mean feat, let me tell you. I was going to go for a white wine, since it made more sense at first, but I re-read the passage in TPOTS and it just seemed *wrong* to me, somehow. It had to be red, and besides, who drugs white wine? A savage, that's who - and the Duke Tremontaine is no savage. So I went with a Pinot Noir - it has a complex flavor with heavy spice and floral notes perfect for smoked goose, yet it's light enough to pair with fish, if necessary (I cheated and used salmon, which is fattier and pairs much better with red than the lean, flaky bass I originally had in mind).

This was an absurd amount of fun. Thanks for the opportunity. I think I'll do the Duchess' Theatre Box Refreshments menu from Swordspoint next. And then? I'm taking on Katherine's Last Night banquet in TFOTK. There are no guidelines in the book for that one, if I recall, so I'll have to invent it from scratch.

In Satiety, Rubbing My Hands With Glee,

Chef Guerre
Aug. 24th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Last Minute Entry, Coming Through!
Thanks for the Explanation, as purely delightful as the entry itself! If I may be allowed some Platform Misceganation: There are some pretty entertaining Facebook comments on wine pairings, too: https://www.facebook.com/ellen.kushner/posts/10153195281430061?notif_t=like

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