If you’ve been reading my blog with any regularity, you know that ArmadilloCon is tomorrow, so I’m handling all the various personal last-minute details– household organization and such– before things kick off.
One of those things involved doing a bit of work cleaning up the garden, pulling out plants that are a waste of time and water, trimming away dead leaves, etc. And then this question– in connection to the Food in SF/F panel I’ll be on tomorrow night– crossed my brain.
Are there any fantasy books* where people eat okra?
I can’t think of any. Plenty use a basic British/Western Europe template for their cuisine. Some lean towards Mediterranean, Middle Eastern or Asian… but using American Deep South as inspiration? I can’t think of any.
*- By which I mean secondary-world fantasy. I’m sure various urban fantasy books have it. I haven’t read the Sookie Stackhouse books but I’d be shocked if there wasn’t okra in those.
Bunnicula or maybe Orson Scott Card’s Alvin Maker books?
It might just be easier to write your own series with space okra in it.
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