Costi Gurgu breaks through with Recipearium, a brilliant, haunting tale.
Move over China Miéville — this is the new new weird, a fabulous book
with a distinctive, compelling voice.

Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of FlashForward

The novel RecipeArium is considered the revelation of the decade!

In an alien world within the huge body of a monstrous beast, the Recipears are the ones ruling the society. Stimulation through the sense of taste has become a powerful art form that rules the lives of the males.

Carrying the soul of his RecipeArium master, within him, Morminiu comes to the Royal Court. His two objectives–to exact revenge on his master’s enemies, and to win for himself the most desired and treacherous position in the realm: Master Recipear of the Kingdom.

Yet, his road is deadly—he’ll have to claw his way in, break all the rules and find love in the most forbidden of all places.

In the belly of the beast, politics, war and love don’t make a good recipe.

Recipearium Advice

A Course must look so nauseating that a bitter taste comes immediately to your tongue and activates your acidular glands; a jugular spasm should precede the feeling that your stomach is turning and rising in your throat. Only then can you say, “Yes, this so piques my appetite that I could not live one more second without Tasting this Course.”

(from The Recipearium Teachings of Master Recipear Plabos)

Costi Gurgu — the top Romanian science-fiction writer — finally breaks through into the English-language market with Recipearium, a brilliant, haunting tale. Move over China Miéville — this is the new new weird, a fabulous book with a distinctive, compelling voice.

— ROBERT J. SAWYER, Hugo Award-winning author of FlashForward

“Not for the faint of heart or imagination, Gurgu’s Recipearium reveals an alien realm where sex, politics, and a species’ history are fused into terrible yet vital acts of consumption. Intense and unforgettable.”

— JULIE E. CZERNEDA, author of This Gulf of Time and Stars

Recipearium is a startling, even provocative book, yet it’s written in such clear luminous prose and peopled with such sympathetic characters that you’ll be pulled right in.  Like the finest cuisine, it will leave you satisfied yet wanting more.”

— KARL SCHROEDER, author of the Virga series

“Gurgu delivers a full course meal of epic transcendence in an alien landscape that is at once grotesque and wondrously compelling. Imaginative. Outrageous. Original. Gurgu subverts traditional fantasy and SF with the promise of new heights in storytelling.”

— NINA MUNTEANU, author of the Splintered Universe trilogy

Recipearium is a sumptuous chronicle of alien culture and cutthroat intrigue, set in a city in the belly of a gargantuan beast. Gurgu’s novel gives you an exotic, daring banquet that you will not soon forget.”

— TONY PI, Finalist, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Recipearium is uniquely captivating, intriguing, and compelling. Costi Gurgu engages all the senses, tears the envelope to ribbons, and triggers the deepest erogenous crevices of the mind. The story lingers, long after you finish the book, enticing you to question the existential boundaries of hunger. Costi Gurgu accomplishes what all great science fiction authors aim to do–look at something commonplace (eating a meal) in a primal and ultramodern way. Recipearium drops nouveau cuisine and lust in a blender and presses liquify.”

— SUZANNE CHURCH,  Aurora Award winning author of  Soul Larcenist

In the Green Kingdom, without a Recipear, a phril will live and die with no chance of an afterlife.

Morminiu  is the disciple of Plabos, the former Master Recipear of the Green Kingdom who was betrayed by his friends and exiled from the Royal Court. Plabos suspected his wife, the phrilira Donasa and his best friend, Hitissh Leomi of plotting against him.

Carrying all this in his mind, Morminiu comes to the Green Court, in the city within the huge body of a monstrous beast, the Royal Carami with one ambition—to become the next Master Recipear of the kingdom despite being alone and facing fearsome opposition.

Costi Gurgu was born in Constanta, the 2600-year-old Greek city on the Black Sea shore, and lives in Toronto with his wife, on the Ontario Lake shore. Large bodies of water help Costi glimpse into other realms. That and some Dacian magic. His fiction has appeared in Canada, the United States, England, Denmark, Hungary and Romania. He has sold three books and over fifty stories for which he has won twenty-four awards. His latest sales include the DAW Books anthology “Ages of Wonder” edited by Julie Czerneda, the Wildside Press anthology “The Third Science Fiction Megapack”, EDGE’s anthology “Tesseracts 17”, “The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk” edited by Sean Wallace, and the anthologies “Dark Horizons” and “Street Magick” edited by Charles Zaglanis.

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