Fantasy Novels are Full of Racist Food Writing

Good morning, Internet!

Today I finally get to announce the publication of my new story for Literary Hub, in which I go after fantasy authors for their lazy, racist food writing.

In fantasy stories, writers are often building an imagined world. But despite the fact that what and how we eat has a tendency to define our realities, fantasy authors often overlook food in their worldbuilding.

When they do that, they have a super unfortunate tendency to play into racist, colonialist narratives that at the very least cheapen their work and sometimes end up being downright uncomfortable. I delved into why that happens, what a missed opportunity it is, and how writers can avoid it here.

Hope you enjoy what was a massive labor of simultaneous love and derision.

Lizzy

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Lizzy Saxe

Lizzy Saxe

I write about food and the human condition.