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Food for the Gods by Karen Dudley

Food for the Gods

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Pelops' troubles began when his father chopped him into stewing meat and served him to the gods for tea. Although he's been remade, and gifted with a talent for the culinary arts, there are downsides--namely a missing shoulder and sea god with an infatuation.

Once a prince of Lydia, Pelops was chopped into stewing meat and served to the gods for tea by his not-so-loving father. Remade by the gods and blessed at the same time with a gift for the culinary arts, Pelops flees his painful memories for the bright lamps of Athens where he hopes to make a new life for himself as a celebrity chef. But then a ruthless patron takes an unhealthy interest in his career, a famous courtesan is murdered at a dinner he prepares, and a couple of the less responsible gods offer to help him make a name for himself in Athens. And Pelops begins to realize that when the gods decide they owe you a favor, you’d better start saying your prayers.


Karen Dudley takes Greek mythology and gives it a wild spin. This giddy mashup of fantasy, mystery, comedy, cookbook, and self-help column is bawdy, inventive, and just plain fun.

Sharon Shinn

Dudley combines the playful engagement with mythology of Xena with the culinary interplay of celebrity cooking shows, and a healthy dose of mystery and crime-solving. By the end of reading this, you will find yourself reading Homer while eating a gourmet meal and pondering about the crimes in your city. I look forward to more of Dudley’s work with a fork in one hand, a spyglass in the other, and ancient Greek pottery on the table.

Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada quote

No one in this world Dudley has so strongly reimagined is forgettable, and almost everyone is delightfully unpredictable. Her gods are zany and foul-mouthed, but surprisingly likable.

Jennifer Pawluk, Winnipeg Free Press

Dudley has quite elegantly and creatively taken a classic Greek myth and woven it into something unique. The base idea of taking Pelops, someone who had been served up as food for the gods, and making him into a chef, is brilliant.

Ian Goodwillie, The Winnipeg Review

Food for the Gods is, quite simply, an excellent book in every possible way.

Aaron Pound, Dreaming About Other Worlds


Short-listed for the 2013 High Plains Book Award, the Culinary category

Short-listed for the 2013 Bony Blithe Award

Short-listed for the 2013 Prix Aurora Award for Best Canadian Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel in English

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