After a spring fiction issue that strictly focused on writers in Southern California, the TASTE editors and I elected to concentrate on New York–area writers and settings for this, our second edition of food fiction. Because New York is one of the top eating destinations in the world, we expected its writers would be up to the task and we’d receive an array of fiction as diverse and memorable as any square mile of restaurants in the city.
It wasn’t cannibalism, not technically. I feel like I should say that up front. I can’t remember who first germinated the idea. Either Sick Bob or Strong Bob. It was Girl Bob who got the stuff, but it wasn’t her idea. Girl Bob was Roberta Beaumont Pfizer IV and her family had been making all kinds of serums and pills for decades. She wasn’t as big a foodie as the rest of us. Most days she just sucked on WholeMeal Nubs or used a home IV kit. She had the family hook-up though.
Alexander Chee is the author of two critically acclaimed (and beautifully written) novels, Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, as well as numerous essays, some of which have been compiled in the forthcoming essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. His work has landed him a Whiting Award, fellowships from the NEA and the MCCA, and bestseller status with last year’s The Queen of the Night.
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