Inspiration post #3 – Food!

I am definitely one of those people that is easily inspired by food, stories about food or simply stories with food in them.

One of my favorite authors years ago was Lawrence Sanders. He wrote crime and suspense novels and I guess most “gumshoes”, as some of the earlier detectives were known, must have eaten a lot of sandwiches. I remember a friend of mine asking what I was reading one day.

“Why?” I replied.

“Because you’re making the strangest sandwich. I just wondered what the leading character in the book you’re reading was eating,” he answered.

I’m not sure what the sandwich was anymore, but the point was, if I read it and it sounded good, I’d try to make it. I guess that’s why people read cookbooks.

At any rate, in the series SMUGGLERS IN PARADISE, all my main characters eat food, make food, serve food, and celebrate with food. Kill with food? Maybe not in the first two books, but there’s still the third book to come.

I’ve traveled a lot and have always tried to be as open minded about food as possible, without simply asking to be chained to a bathroom for days on end. While most foods won’t actually kill you, if you aren’t acclimated to the bacteria, you may actually want to die.

Here are a few food pictures (all the things that I have eaten) that have inspired the SE Asian cuisine in my stories.

Seafood dinner in Shanghai with colleagues teaching me how to eat crab.
Seafood dinner in Shanghai with colleagues teaching me how to eat crab (a long time ago)
Not such a typical Pinoy breakfast, but tasty and full of fresh mango, watermelon, pineapple, papaya and bananas.
Not such a typical Pinoy breakfast, but tasty and full of fresh mango, watermelon, pineapple, papaya and bananas.
A favorite of mine...steamed soybeans and sushi
A favorite of mine…steamed soybeans and sushi
Dumplings and bar-b-que chicken feet
Dumplings and bar-b-que chicken feet
JCo Avocado flavored donuts
JCo Avocado and Green Tea flavored donuts
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Kare-Kare, sort of a seafood stew in a peanut sauce
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Sinigang Sa Bayabas, a pork dish in Guava infused broth
You want color? Here's Ube (purple yam) cake. Yummy!
You want color? Here’s Ube (purple yam) cake. Yummy!
One of the beautiful, tangy ramen dishes served at the Museum Cafe
One of the beautiful, tangy ramen dishes served at the Museum Cafe
Lechon, from Cebu, Anthony Bourdain's favorite bar-b-que pork dish
Lechon, from Cebu, Anthony Bourdain’s favorite bar-b-que pork dish

Travel often, eat heartily, feed your imagination and your soul.

About Bob

Bob has been a writer all his life. He has had to do many other things to buy groceries and make his car payments, but most of these things have involved writing, in one genre or another.
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