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#15:  I pretty much ignore most of a book store except the SF/Fantasy and Cookbook section (except Children's and since my kids pretty much love what Dad likes, I just get the 5-10 year old versions of the same).

 

I like to consider many cook books fiction, because I get to imagine that the meal I am making would look like if I had a massive professional kitchen and a grocery store that carried everything I wanted, instead of cooking in the real world :lol:

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I think cookbooks are sometimes fiction the way a lot of art books are -- the kind with custom motorcycles, I mean, or tattoos. People love to look at them and dream.

 

I like reading vintage cookbooks, albeit mostly for the "there but for the grace of" feelings they give me. I have a collection ranging from the 1920s through the 1970s, heaviest in the 1950s.

 

However, this question is about fiction, so ... hmm.

 

I think most of the books I read are history, art books, crafts books, anthropology, popular science, and political humor. Oh, and engineering, architecture, cultural histories, and poetry. I don't read as much fiction these days.

 

But of the fiction I read ... hmm.

 

I read mysteries, largely vintage, and science fiction and fantasy and many of their subgenres. I like certain kinds of international literary fiction, especially ones that skirt close to fantasy. I used to read superhero comics, but lately it's mostly fantasy like Neil Gaiman's and the Foglio's.

 

So ... ehrm, fantasy, overall. In a general sort of way.

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My Martha Stewart Cake & Cupcake Special: Collector's Edition Book/Magazine is definately wishful baking porn fantasy... I swear I will attempt one of them one day.

 

It'll probably turn out like this:

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I have a friend who refers to big glossy coffee table cookbooks as "food porn" (no idea how widespread the phrase is).

 

I guess there is apparently weird jostling in the cookbook world, scandals about people swiping recipes or never actually testing or even writing the recipes published in their books, and an acknowledgement that many, perhaps most cookbook purchasers never actually cook anything, but linger over those huge, glossy, loving, glistening two-page full color photographic spreads of steaming, enticing food items.

 

I don't like Martha Stewart's books, TBH. Too fussy. I much prefer Julia Child, who at least honestly cooks and wrote her own books.

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I have a friend who refers to big glossy coffee table cookbooks as "food porn" (no idea how widespread the phrase is).

As even I have heard the term, probably relatively common.
Widespread enough that I have heard it, and even used it. NOt widespread enough for me to use it in a classroom of seventh graders.

 

Especially this year. The immaturity is rappant. Let's just say that fart jokes have made a come back.

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This is super specific, but I love modern noir, with weird sci-fi elements. Like, a 2000's writer channeling a 1970's writer channeling the 1940's, but adding genetically modified super animals. "Gun, With Occasional Music" is one of the best modern novels, because it was a genre I didn't even realize that I needed to love.

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Question 15: What is your preferred fictional genre?

 

I don't read fiction.  In fact earlier this year I read a book of fiction (Homeland) for the first time since 2001.

If I had to choose a fictional genre it would have to be historical.  I'm about to start Sharon Kay Penman's While Christ and His Saints Slept.

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I have a friend who refers to big glossy coffee table cookbooks as "food porn" (no idea how widespread the phrase is).

 

Food photography is a fairly large specialty, one of the trickier types of product photography. The graphic design of a meal is complex enough to make an interesting subject, plus you get to eat the food. (Probably not the serving you photographed, though.  ^_^ )

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I have a friend who refers to big glossy coffee table cookbooks as "food porn" (no idea how widespread the phrase is).

As even I have heard the term, probably relatively common.
Widespread enough that I have heard it, and even used it. NOt widespread enough for me to use it in a classroom of seventh graders.

Especially this year. The immaturity is rappant. Let's just say that fart jokes have made a come back.

Fart jokes never left. They are no passing fancy. They are quite a gas in fact.

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7th grade essays. Consider the following: I wet two gramma hose las knight........ Translation: I went to grandma's house last night. See 7th grade essays are da bomb. But seriously I like fantasy and sci fi. I just don't have the time to read anymore. wheel of Time Disc World Conan LotR myth adventures ghaunt's ghost Harry potter. I don't read many one offs any more. I love a series.

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