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Fairies in the Kitchen: Weezie Bat Food

Feb 24, 2016

Fairies-in-the-Kitchen_Partial-coverL. A. and magic realism. “A place where life is a mystery, pain can lead to poetry, strangers become intertwined souls, and everyone is searching for the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.”

Francesca Lia Block‘s Weetzie Bat series has been called a “sophisticated, slinkster-cool love song to L. A., the book that shattered the standard.”¹

Block‘s Dangerous Angels: Five Weetzie Bat Books collection includes Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop.

Carmen Staton brings Lia Block’s cuisine to life with the Fairies in the Kitchen cookbook and will be at Vroman’s on February 26.

“This collaborative collection of recipes reveals how a splash of creativity and a sprinkling of love—mixed with quality, wholesome ingredients—can create food that restores as well as nourishes.”  (Forward by Block and recipes by Staton.)

 

Carmen Staton (official photo)

Carmen Staton (official photo)

 

Drawing from the first five books of the Dangerous Angels series, Staton has worked her own magic in the kitchen to uncover the formulas for dishes such as Jah-Love Black Beans & Plantains, Coyote’s Cornmeal Cakes, and Dirk’s Chocolate Raspberry Kiwi Birthday Cake. (Official text)

Francesca Lia Block:

For years people have asked me about the food in my books. They tell  me they always get hungry and salivate heavily when reading my work. They are especially interested in the characters from the Weetzie Bat books and learning more about what they eat, from that strawberry sundae with marshmallow topping that Weetzie ate as a girl while waiting to be discovered like Lana Turner at Schwab’s Pharmacy to her daughter Weetzie’s Vegetable Love Rice.

They have asked if I have recipes for the food I mention. Well now I finally do!

 

Fairies in the Kitchen
Friday, Feb. 26th, 7 p.m.
Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101
Free event (seen note below)
For more info, visit VromansBookstore/event

 

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Note: Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

 

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¹ Additionally: Criticism of Weetzie Bat focuses primarily on the appropriateness of the subject matter for the young adult reader. Weetzie Bat describes gay marriage, children out of wedlock, abortion, common-law marriage, and the AIDS epidemic, in language that makes it accessible to the pre-teen and early teen reader. Alan Cart states “Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat (HarperCollins) is not only a classic of gay fiction but also one of the most memorable of all young adult novels.”
—Cart, Michael (Winter 2004). “What a wonderful world: Notes on the evolution of GLBTQ literature for young adults.” The ALAN Review (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English)

 

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