Food can bring together families, communities, and cultures. It is the essence of life and yet our relationships with one another can be most fraught at the dinner table. This perpetually fascinating subject has inspired a unique collection of fiction—including flash fiction, essay, short stories, and even a "stoku" (amalgam of short story and haiku)—from a wonderfully diverse and international group of authors.
The authors in the anthology include Elaine Chiew, Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni, Rachel J. Fenton, Diana Ferraro, Vanessa Gebbie, Pippa Goldschmidt, Sue Guiney, Patrick J. Holland, Roy Kesey, Charles Lambert, Krys Lee, Stefani Nellen, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Ben Okri, Angie Pelekidis, Susannah Rickards, and Nikesh Shukla.
Elaine Chiew is a London-based writer who has won several prizes for her short stories and flash fiction. She was included in One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories. Many of her stories revolve around food.
Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist, and teacher of writing. She has been published in many magazines and her writing has been included in over fifty anthologies.
Ben Okri has published eight novels, including The Famished Road and Starbook, as well as collections of poetry, short stories, and essays. He has won numerous international prizes.
Pippa Goldschmidt writes long and short fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Her PhD in astronomy inspired her first novel The Falling Sky, about a female astronomer who discovers the Universe and loses her mind.
Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni: Mrs Dutta Writes A Letter
Rachel J. Fenton: Food Bank
Diana Ferraro: Ghost Eating in Buenos Aires
Vanessa Gebbie: The Salt Box, Pippi Spit Across Fox Street, Tasting Pebbles (3 x flash)
Pippa Goldschmidt: One of the Ten Plagues Will Fall On This House, Potato Pancakes, Flesh and Bone (3 x flash)
Sue Guiney: Mysteries and Offerings
Patrick J. Holland: All Sorrows Are Less With Bread
Roy Kesey: How Things End
Charles Lambert: The Noise, and After The Noise, The Calm
Stefani Nellen, Oatmeal Sorbet
Mukoma Wa Ngugi: Walking the Wok
Ben Okri: The Mysterious Anxiety of Them and Us
Susannah Rickards: Unredeemed
Nikesh Shukla: How It Used To Be And How It Always Was