Please join us for the Edmonton launch of Kraken Bake: An Epikurean Epic by Karen Dudley on Friday, November 14th at 7pm at Audrey's Books. Karen will be joined by Eileen Bell who will read from her recently released paranormal novel Seeing the Light (Tychee Books).
Reheat the Kraken!
It's a great day for Greece when Perseus defeats the dreaded kraken. But victory begins to lose its lustre when the remains of the beast start to swamp the shores and fishing nets of the Aegean. Now after weeks of kraken cakes, kraken kabobs, kraken fritters and kraken stew, everybody is getting decidedly sick of kraken—none more so than Chef Pelops.
In response to the "kraken crisis", the city of Athens announces the inaugural Bronze Chef competition. Normally, Pelops would jump at the chance to prove himself the best celebrity chef in Greece. The trouble is, the competition's secret ingredient is sure to be kraken—and, having once offended Poseidon, Pelops can't cook kraken to save his life.
To make matters worse, the Chef has serious cash flow problems and the woman he secretly loves is about to marry his best friend. Meanwhile, his loathsome rival Mithaecus has vowed to win the contest by fair means or foul.
Now, Pelops must overcome the sea god's curse to show once and for all that he is the better chef—a task made all the more difficult by the insufferable antics of a most unexpected relative...
Praise for Karen Dudley and Food for the Gods:
"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, author of the Samaria series.
"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."
—Winnipeg Free Press
Food for the Gods was nominated for the Prix-Aurora Award for Best Novel; the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction; the Bony Blithe, (the Bloody Words Light Mystery Award); the High Plains Book Award (culinary division); and the Mary Scorer Award for the Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher.
About Karen Dudley:
Karen Dudley has worked in field biology, production art, photo research, palaeo-environmental studies and archaeology. She has written four environmental mysteries and a several wildlife biology books for kids. Her Epikurean Epics, including the Aurora-nominated Food for the Gods, are historical fantasy novels set in ancient Athens. Born in France, she now lives in Winnipeg.