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Award-winning author, Eli Brown lives with his family in a California oak forest where the squirrels hide acorns in his garden. His first novel, THE GREAT DAYS, won the Fabri Literary Prize.

His latest novel, CINNAMON AND GUNPOWDER, was a NPR Book Review Staff Pick. They described it as "...food porn and a rip-roaring adventure." It was a finalist for the California Book Award.

CINNAMON AND GUNPOWDER was selected by the San Francisco Public Library for their One-City One-Book program, encouraging every single citizen to read it. Kirkus Reviews called it “…both sizzling and swashbuckling”.

A Yaddo fellow and featured reader at Litquake, Eli earned his MFA from Mills college. His vivid world-building makes lifelong fans of his readers. A bar in
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Eli Brown Thank you Marissa!
After such a harrowing journey, I'm taking a break from the briny world of Cinnamon and Gunpowder. I have made some notes for a poss…more
Thank you Marissa!
After such a harrowing journey, I'm taking a break from the briny world of Cinnamon and Gunpowder. I have made some notes for a possible prequel-- an account of Hannah Mabbot's journey toward becoming a pirate, but for the time being I'm focusing on an entirely different project. If you're still in the mood for food-centered literature, you might check out my quirky, homespun, culinary experiment, The Feasts of Tre-mang. It's an ethnic cookbook based on a culture that never existed. (Order it from your favorite bookstore or online!) Happy Holidays to you as well!(less)
Eli Brown I studied very old cookbooks and early culinary writings such as Brillat Savarin's work, I explored modern cooking trends, and relied on my own experi…moreI studied very old cookbooks and early culinary writings such as Brillat Savarin's work, I explored modern cooking trends, and relied on my own experiences and experiments in the kitchen. I wouldn't call it chemistry, though the science behind certain processes (such as rising dough) is fascinating. My focus was on the experiential effect primarily. It's tricky to describe smells, for example, so much of my time was spent on getting the sensations right. Though based on real methods, most of the meals are untested. We polished one of Wedges desserts and it was published by Bon Appetit magazine (link below.)
For well-tested recipes with a fanciful twist you might look into my recent culinary/cultural experiment, The Feasts of Tre-mang.
Thanks for reading, Andrea!
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“Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness. The angels, who know no hunger, have never been as satisfied.”
Eli Brown, Cinnamon and Gunpowder

“I've had this pain. To tell you it will go away would be a lie. It will never go away. But, if you live long enough, it will cease to torture and will instead flavor you. As we rely on the bitterness of strong tea to wake us, this too will become something you can use.”
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“A knight can fight. As you well know, I fight about as well as a pillow."

"That's an insult to pillows. At least they can take a beating.”
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Phillip great to run into you today!

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