Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng arose earlier this year from Angry Robot Press and my Cooking the Books co-host Aliette de Bodard and I have been working to catch the author ever since.

We’re so glad to have found a time to do so — the conversation took place over three continents, in between several major conferences, and it ranges all over. We hope you enjoy the banquet of topics set forward – from masquerades to vast wastes of ice and frozen holidays; from the familiar to those things that are not often discussed.

Luckily, Under the Pendulum Sun is the kind of book that can host all of these topics within a very tasty plot.

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One of my favorite parts is the discussion about engaging with gothic texts like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre — do give a listen on Cooking the Books this month, both here and at the extension kitchen over at The Booksmugglers! (Check out Jeannette’s Booksmugglers Bonus answers!).

In addition to Jeannette’s brownie recipe below, she also answered two reader questions from twitter – those of Joseph Brassey and Tade Thompson.

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #039: A Taste of Light: Cooking the Books with Jeannette Ng contains:

  • creepy food
  • the unseen
  • a disconcerting bowl of blood
  • sun physics
  • frozen grapes
  • alternate allegories
  • how one approaches condiments
  • forbidden foods
  • nursery rhyme research
  • a shoutout to Emma Newman’s Split Worlds series and the Split Worlds Ball.
  • And much more.

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(Thanks as always to our friend Paul Weimer who helps clean up the CtB kitchen after we destroy it…)

Podcast #039: A Taste of Light: Cooking the Books with Jeanette Ng