Dish Lit: Fiction for Foodies (podcast)Aug 17th, 2012 | By Cecilia | Category: Featured Articles, podcast, the show
Reading is fundamental — and also lip smacking good — when what you’re reading is an online work by Laura Kelso called Lonestar Dish…something she refers to as fiction for foodies. “Fiction for foodies is basically a story that is filled with food references and delicious characters,” she explained.
Lonestar Dish, a story Laura’s been working on for about eight years, highlights the exploits of the Bennett sisters: Carter, Ally and Taylor; it’s been described as a kind of Austin and foodie-centric Sex & the City. The three sisters live in Austin and are all foodies in their own way. Laura says they’re looking for personal and professional fulfillment and “a good bowl of queso.”
The story appears on the website DishLit.com as easy-to-read installments, and Laura says she keeps the “chapters” to about 12-hundred words or less so readers can get in and get out and wait for the next part of the story; readers sign up to be notified when new chapters hit.
Within each section readers discover links to the dining spots her characters frequent.
In fact, Caffe Medici in Clarksville, where I met Laura for our interview, is a favorite haunt of her protagonist Carter Bennett, who when we meet her, is in a soul crushing corporate job, and where her only relief is thinking about her next meal. Each business mentioned in Lonestar Dish gets plotted onto an interactive map — not unlike a map found on the website Dishola, co-founded by Ms. Kelso, where members rate restaurants one dish at a time.
Laura also spent four years as food critic for Austin Monthly, as the social media maven for Home Away, and will soon take a position with Allrecipes.com. She is also a wife, mother and sister. She has two sisters, in fact — like her story — although she promises the characters and storyline are pure fiction. Her youngest sister Stirling — 13 years Laura’s junior — is the former editor of Travel & Leisure magazine and is currently a freelance writer…little sis also edits her big sister’s prose.
When Laura and I met… the fourth installment of Lonestar Dish had just gone live. This week she released installment seven. The goal of the story is to entertain and to make people laugh. Yet, Laura plans to address a few social issues along the way. For example, the Bennett sisters come from a privileged background, and some of the criticism of our current fascination with food is that it fosters elitism…an area of concern for Laura Kelso.
She says she plans to address this issue through the life changes of her protagonist, Carter Bennett.
In these waning days of summer, Lonestar Dish is a light, fun read that makes you want to go back for seconds.