Monday, September 12, 2011

Food in the Sasha books.

It sometimes seems as though mystery writers are wannabe restaurant critics, or perhaps they're frustrated chefs. Whatever the reason, food is frequently mentioned (along with wine, beer, and hard liquor) in crime fiction. 

Nero Wolfe is perhaps the luckiest PI in fiction as he has his own chef! The meals served to him are nothing short of gourmet. 

Robert B. Parker's sleuth Spenser seems to know his way around a kitchen (although his girlfriend Susan seems to only eat air), and Archie McNally (created by Lawrence Sanders, continued by Vincent Lardo) mentions several fantastic meals at The Pelican Club.

So, what does Sasha Jackson eat? Just about anything! Her brother Shane owns a restaurant, so I get to have fun "serving her" whatever he's cooking. In Blood and Groom Shane served her Lobster Truffle Risotto and Pan-seared Bison Tenderloin with Chanterelles and Stewed Apples.

When Sasha's not eating at Shane's restaurant, she eats just about anywhere that's handy: Indian buffet, Thai take out, or a good delicatessen.  Then of course, there are Sasha's brunch outings with Jessica and Lindsey. Bacon and eggs, eggs Benedict... and always lots of coffee.

Notice I don't say anything about her own cooking... 

It's fun giving Sasha permission to not worry about her weight. Her eating habits and food preferences are essentially the same as mine.

In the soon to be released The Lies Have It, Sasha has some wonderful dishes at Shane's place, including Chilled Spicy Thai Watermelon soup with Crabmeat, Coconut Curry Mussels, and Sesame Crusted Tuna with Wasabi and Ginger.

No wonder I usually get hungry when I write!


  1. Jill: I do enjoy reading about food. When I travel we seek out good restaurants. There are so many wonderful places to eat in Toronto.

  2. Any chance you'll be in Toronto Nov. 3rd? That's the date of the next Sasha launch party!!

  3. Jill: It is not likely but if Sharon and I should be coming we will let you know.

  4. @ Bill Selnes ... cool... on the off-chance...