Elle Jauffret

Writer & Fork Handler

A meal from GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY Natasha Ngan (YA fantasy)

Quotes:  “…the palace food is delicious […] steaming bowls of coconut rice… […] sugared glutinous rice-balls […] we have breakfast—usually rice-balls […] The fragrance of coconut-steamed rice rises out.”

“I don’t dare touch the bamboo basket, even though the smell of the dumplings inside makes my mouth water. […] I consider not eating the dumpling out of principle—who needs pity dumplings, anyway?”

“[…] ..her name was revealed on the bamboo chip… […] the name painted on the bamboo chip is mine.”


Sweet Rose-flavored Coconut Rice Balls

In a small pan, bring 1 cup of sushi rice + 1 cup of water + 1 cup of coconut milk + 1/8 tsp salt to a boil over high heat. Then reduce to low heat, cover, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed (abo…

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Working as a food writer

I have recently assumed the position of food writer at Curiositales ("the magazine for all things bookish") and people often ask me what being a food writer entails. My work consists in creating and photographing dishes based on the books written by the authors interviewed. Step-by step, it means: reading the book, creating dishes mentioned in the story or a meal that reflects the atmosphere of the novel, writing the recipes intelligibly cooking said-dishes, styling and photographing (using props related to the story) the food.

One of my first fiction food posts celebrated the unveiling of Leigh Bardugo's first novel, SHADOW AND BONE. I had posted it on Facebook on September 15, 2012 (more than 6 years ago! where does the time go?) --see below : )


A Russian dish w…

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Romancing with books and movies


The days when the workday ends early or starts late, my love and I meet at a coffee shop and play a little game: the first one orders her/his drink under one name and the other orders her/his drink, trying to find the complementary one. The baristas are super nice and very understanding of our little game and sometimes add drawing to the cups : ) (we do this when there is no line). 

Harry&Ginny (Harry Potter), Rachel&Nick (Crazy Rich Asians), Neo&Trinity (The Matrix), Westley&Buttercup (The Princess Bride), Archie&Veronica (Riverdale), Cersei&Jaime (Game of Thrones), Bella&Edward (Twilight).


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