This may seem strange, but cooking traditionally // traditional meals helps me to feel connected to characters in literature–specifically to fantasy characters and historical fiction characters. When I’m making a big batch of chicken stock, I’m reminded of Fat Janis from Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters Series. When I work on making bread, I think of all those kitchen maids in historical fiction novels.

There is something about cooking traditionally that helps me connect with characters and fictional settings. I’m not really sure what it is. Perhaps it is the time it takes to creatively incorporate all the essential ingredients. Perhaps it is because cooking is such a sensual experience with all the colors, sights, and smells. Perhaps it is because I am reminded of people of old who had to make everything from scratch and this is something that connects me to fiction since most people nowadays don’t do those sorts of things.

What unlikely activity makes you feel more connected to characters and fictional settings? I’d love to know I’m not alone in this nerdiness…

Cooking Traditional Meals and Fictional Characters
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  • Wow! L.M., I can always rely on you to come up with new ways to get into ‘the writing mood’.

    Cooking is the last thing I would’ve thought of, but after reading that, it makes PERFECT sense! 🙂

    • TUAN!!! How have you been? So good to hear from you! I know, right? It’s strange, but cooking cool things always reminds me of rich worlds and settings and “people of old” in stories.

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