Guess who’s coming to dinner…?

I realised today how many cook books I have. It’s surprising really as I fall into the ‘OMG! I can’t cook!!’ category of culinary expertise. Even How to Boil an Egg is complicated for me. So, my cookbooks aren’t about something I would actually make myself, they’re more about cooking through history. I have ones stretching from Mesopotamia to a thousand page PDF of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management.

Characters and society are reflected through what and how they eat.  What characters eats gives you a view into their lives:

Environment: is the food grown nearby, what’s its quality, how have they transformed their environment to feed themselves?

Technology: how is the food prepared, what did they have to devise to made the food edible, how is it stored?

Transport: how does the food get to their table? Have they smuggled in the latest forbidden delicacy by cart, ship or star cruiser….?

Food can also says something about a character’s position in society. Where they sit, their manners, the rituals they follow, what they can afford to put on their table, who they invite and why…all reflect this.

And through this post I have the Federation and Klingon sit down from Star Trek VI in my head, with Chekov saying, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?”. Hence the title 🙂

Oh, I also may use food in a story as foreplay. But that’s for another day… 😀


Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North West England. She writes erotic science fiction and fantasy romance for Carina Press, Entangled Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and others.

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One comment

  1. I’m with you! Food is a huge part of character building and world building — and sometimes relationship building! 🙂

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