If you've been reading my blog with any regularity, you know that ArmadilloCon is tomorrow, so I'm handling all the various personal last-minute details-- household organization and such-- before things kick off.
One of those things involved doing a bit of work cleaning up the garden, pulling out plants that are a waste of time and water, trimming away dead leaves, etc. And then this question-- in connection to the Food in SF/F panel I'll be on tomorrow night-- crossed my brain.
Are there any fantasy books* where people eat okra?
I can't think of any. Plenty use a basic British/Western Europe template for their cuisine. Some lean towards Mediterranean, Middle Eastern or Asian... but using American Deep South as inspiration? I can't think of any.
*- By which I mean secondary-world fantasy. I'm sure various urban fantasy books have it. I haven't read the Sookie Stackhouse books but I'd be shocked if there wasn't okra in those.