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A rich collection of short stories by various writers where food is a weapon or armour, an expression of deep conservatism or freedom, a metaphor for our times and much more besides. - The Independent.

A delectable collection, perfect for anyone who loves both food and fiction. - Diana Henry, food writer, Sunday Telegraph.

An international banquet of exceptional stories. A feast for the mind and the heart, I devoured this in one sitting. - Kerry Hudson, author of Thirst.

This slim collection makes room for the world. - Sunjeev Sahota, author of Ours Are The Street.

Food is our common ground, bringing together families, communities and cultures. How we cook and eat can tell us a lot about ourselves. Food can evoke memories good and bad; can be symbolic of where we come from or where we want to be.

Celebrating this universal experience, Cooked Up, compiled by Elaine Chiew, draws together authors from all over the world, each bringing to the table a unique literary interpretation of the food theme.

A young man attempts to avoid military service by over-eating…a woman re-enacts her husband’s infidelities with fish bones…students at a cookery school war over woks…a food bank visitor gets more than she bargained for ….meals are prepared and shared from Cambodia to an Indian kitchen in the US, from Russia to war-torn Croatia.

These are mere glimpses into the rich variety of short stories (including flash fiction) contained in this book — a veritable treat for the senses and an uplifting cross-cultural reading experience.

Hear Elaine Chiew (editor and author) and Pippa Goldschmidt (author) talk about the book on BBC Radio Scotland Culture Studio, 31 minutes in.


  1. Elaine Chiew
  2. Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni
  3. Rachel J. Fenton
  4. Diana Ferraro
  5. Vanessa Gebbie
  6. Pippa Goldschmidt
  7. Sue Guiney
  8. Patrick J. Holland
  9. Roy Kesey
  10. Charles Lambert
  11. Krystyn Lee
  12. Stefani Nellen
  13. Mukoma Wa Ngugi
  14. Ben Okri
  15. Susannah Rickards
  16. Nikesh Shukla

For further information visit the Cooked Up website at and like the book on Facebook.

Page extent: 208
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-214-7
Publication date: April 2015

Date added: October 27, 2014

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