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Vegetable “Toasts” in hollowed-out bun-tops

“This is my new creation. It’s called ‘Toast’ … a countable noun, as in, ‘I’m making mushroom & onion toasts tonight.’ Do you understand? It’s an idiolect of food. Remember that, please, if nothing else but the intense flavor of onion and tomato.”
“Can we eat now?”
“I don’t know. Can you?”
“Just serve the food, Chef Boyardee.”
“With pleasure.”

What do you characters say when they talk about food? They must have some opinion about food, their diet, fast-food vs. fine dining, diners vs. take-out Chinese/Indian/Pizza … even if this is a negative opinion about food in general. Either way — or somewhere in between — food and eating is a character trait just like any other “thing” that can be shown of a fictional person.


What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

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