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Steamed and Steamy

Recipes from the Steampunk World of Industralia

by Lori Alden Holuta

Steamed and Steamy - Lori Alden Holuta
Part of the Brassbright Cooks series:
  • Steamed and Steamy
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 9.00
ISBN: 1532963289
Size: 5.25 x 8.00 in
Pages: 91
Kindle: $ 3.99
Pages: 93

Even fictional characters gotta eat. These are their recipes.

Now you can make the favorite foods of the fictional country of Industralia, from breakfast right on through to late night snacks. You’ll even learn how to make traditional New Year's “Coal Week” holiday treats.

Cover Artists:
Word Count: 91
Setting: Continent of Industralia, Planet Bright Hope
Languages Available: English
Word Count: 91
Setting: Continent of Industralia, Planet Bright Hope
Languages Available: English

This cookbook features foods enjoyed by the characters in my food-centric stories, set in the fictional steampunk country of Industralia. The recipes draw from dining adventures within the pages of The Flight To Brassbright and The Legend of The Engineer, both available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many online eBook outlets. I’ve also included recipes from my upcoming novel, Down The Tubes, Volume Two of the Brassbright Chronicles. You can consider those recipes a sneak peek at the novel!

I come from a long lineage of foodies. Their legacy and inspiration fills my recipe box—a converted hardwood floppy disk file box—as well as many bulging three-ring binders, and a collection of offbeat cookbooks.


But even though I’ve been given so many traditional family recipes, already fine-tuned to perfection by my relatives, I can’t help being a ‘tweaker’. What you’ll find in this cookbook will be many recipes that, over time, have been adapted to my own personal style.

When I am writing and my characters get hungry, it feels natural to draw from my own favorite recipes to feed them. As their creator, I like to make sure they get plenty of good food to eat.

I am grateful for everyone who came before me, those foodies throughout the centuries who lit a fire, simmered a pot, and wondered, “Did I already salt that?”

A Note About the Graphics

This cookbook was originally released as a traditional paper book, with the graphics tied in neatly to recipes or aligned to let text flow around them. eBooks don’t have that layout stability. You as the reader are able to change fonts, increase or decrease font sizes, alter line spacing and change margins. This means I can’t control if you are seeing a graphic snugged up next to its recipe, or if it popped down to the next page. If this annoys you, might I suggest purchasing Steamed and Steamy in paperback?

How To Use This Cookbook

Industralia is a hardworking country, where everyone firmly believes in the value of a lavish breakfast. Industralians may skip lunch, and even delay dinner if necessary, but they never skip breakfast. However, this cookbook tries to strike a balance and include all the meals.

Because I am including excerpts from the books alongside these recipes, it seems cozy to keep together all the dishes that are served as a meal. So for example, ‘Dinner at The Bonnet House’ is presented as an entire meal, including dessert.

Just to keep things interesting, some of the recipes are also offered in narrative form. For example, a late night breakfast at the Grand Sterling is an excerpt pulled directly from The Flight To Brassbright. In other words, not all recipes are written in traditional form. Some are anecdotal in nature. Cookie’s circus breakfast is told in his ‘rustic’ narrative form. Hannah Vanbrugh’s tomato soup recipe is revealed by her inner thoughts. Other recipes are grouped as best I could manage. Industralians are very difficult people to pigeonhole, and apparently so are their recipes.

Please do not panic over these complex culinary cow paths. If you are looking for a particular type of recipe, simply turn to the recipe index in the back of the book, which is organized in a traditional, logical manner.

Since I am an American, these recipes are presented using the U.S. measuring system. It is an unfortunate reality that there is no international standard for cooking and baking, so I am using the one I am most familiar with. Luckily there are conversion charts available on the internet, for those of you using a different measuring system. So remember that tablespoons and teaspoons are different amounts, and our cups are not the same as a teacup!

Finally, some important advice—always read a recipe three times before you start cooking or baking! The first time, read to appreciate the recipe and to learn if this is a dish you would enjoy preparing. The second time, read to check your available ingredients and equipment. The third time, read to understand the cooking method. Then… have yourself some kitchen fun!

Reviews:Nurseferatu on Goodreads wrote:

Ah, the delightful sounds and smells of cooking. And explosions. Or maybe that is just my kitchen... Venture forth into the wilds of your own kitchen to explore the possibilities for flavor and ingredients you encountered in your explorations of Industralia! From carnival peanuts and cotton candy to some hearty meat pies these recipes can help you, or a young friend, cook some of the flavors of adventure.

Susan L. Fox on Amazon wrote:

Lori Alden Holuta adds to the depth of her fictional world of Industralia with this cookbook. In the tradition of such "food fic" such as the White House Chef mystery series and LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, meals and treats play an important part in the author's fiction, so here, she follows up with recipes for the distinctive cuisine. Some may become favorites; at our house, "Coal Cookies" have become a holiday tradition, for little steampunks and not-so-naughty children. Brass-bright bon appetit!

Jami Good on Amazon wrote:

I'm an unapologetic cookbook collector. I enjoy picking up local cookbooks and recipe collections from towns I visit. In "Steamed and Steamy: Recipes from the Steampunk World of Industralia," I really felt like I'd met characters from a small town, even though it was an imaginary place I'd never visited! The practicality and down-home quality of the recipes appealed to me. If you're a collector of cookbooks, want to learn new/old techniques for cooking and baking, and/or like Steampunk, check out this book! I'm going to go bake myself some bacon.

About the Author

Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables, teas and herbs, when she’s not playing games with a cat named Chives. She’s fond of activities from the past, including canning and preserving, crocheting, reading in the dark, and cooking.

Her lifelong fascination with the Victorian era dovetails nicely with articles she has written for The Primgraph, a magazine which focused on historical eras in virtual worlds, as well as music and book reviews for Steampunk Magazine.