DUALED Author Elsie Chapman’s Thankgiving Recipe

November 20, 2012 2012, author interview, Canadian, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, elsie chapman, guest post, recipes, sci fi or futuristic, Wendy 55

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Welcome to Day Two of our Debut Authors Celebration! 

We’re thankful that publishers take a chance on new talent, and this week we’re featuring three authors whose 2013 debuts we’re anticipating.

One of the books I’m really excited about for 2013 is Dualed, a city in which every person has an alternate–but only one will live beyond his or her twentieth birthday. Fifteen-year-old West only has one month to hunt down her alt to ensure her survival, but a tragic mistake shakes her confidence and makes her question the choices she’s made. This action-packed adventure sounds like a lot of fun, and I hear there’s an “unexpected romance” as well!

Dualed will be released on February 26th, 2013. Author Elsie Chapman joins us on the blog today to share her favorite Thanksgiving memory and recipe.

~ Wendy

Elsie Chapman’s Thanksgiving Memory

As a second generation Chinese Canadian growing up in a small town in northern BC, my childhood memories of Thanksgiving are pretty spotty. We had two strikes against us, really: the fact that it’s not celebrated in Canada to quite the same extent as it is down in the States; and that my parents themselves didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving when they were growing up in China. I think it was once we all started school that we realized we wanted what all our friends had—the big turkey meal! So we had that, but apart from food, Thanksgiving was never much more than just another long weekend.

Now, with kids of my own, it’s definitely become more of an event. I wanted my kids to have that sense of tradition, and with my in-laws being from the States, Thanksgiving is now this big family get together where we all take turns hosting it. And there is always too much food, of course!

elsie chapman dualed recipe yams

The Recipe

I bring the token yam dish for Thanksgiving dinner. For a long time I made one that involved a lot of butter and maple syrup and pecans. But we’ve been eating healthier for a few years now, so I tweaked this recipe to come up with an even lighter variation, which I call Yummy Yam Casserole! You can download it here.

Author Bio

I grew up in Prince George, BC, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature. I currently live in Vancouver with my husband and two kids, where I write to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time). Feel free to visit me at my website, follow me on Twitter, or like me on Facebook. DUALED will be available in February 2013 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound.

~ Elsie Chapman

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Autographed Bookmarks Giveaway!

Are you excited to read Dualed? Would you like one of the cool bookmarks pictured here? Just leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited about reading this book along with a contact email, and we’ll pick at least 10 winners from the comments at random. Elsie will even sign it before she ships it to you!
Photos courtesy of the author, D. Sharon Pruitt, and The Midnight Garden. 

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Debut Author Celebration

We’re celebrating 2013 debuts all this week.

Join us tomorrow as our celebration continues! We have another great author featured, as well as an exciting giveaway.

Day One: A.G Howard, SPLINTERED
Day Two: Elsie Chapman, DUALED
Day Three: Lenore Appelhans, LEVEL 2 



55 Responses to “DUALED Author Elsie Chapman’s Thankgiving Recipe”

  1. Mel@Thedailyprophecy.

    Ah, this book sounds so good :) On GR it says “fast-paced action”, who doesn’t love that? The cover is also very pretty!


  2. Jessica R

    I can’t say I’ve ever tried anything with yam, but that sounds good! Might have to be brave and try it!
    I’m also very excited for Dualed! It sounds great!

  3. Vivien

    The recipe looks absolutely delish!!! I am absolutely eager to read Dualed. It sounds like it’s exactly the kind of book I would love. I got declined on Netgalley so I’m even more uber excited to read it!!

  4. Annabelle Marie Veronica

    I love Elsie, and that recipe looks positively delicious! Mmm. I’m so excited to read Dualed–it’s taking all my self-control not to dive into it and read it now. Lovely post, as always! :) x

    • Wendy Darling

      She’s lovely, isn’t she? I am in the same boat you are about trying to be good, hah. I’m trying to power through possible 2012 favorites before I get too wrapped up in 2013.

      And thank you, we lucked out with our authors for this series! They’ve all been terrific.

  5. Melliane

    I love the cover of this book! Love the look of your plate, it’s really interesting to learn more things like that.

  6. Christina Fiorelli

    This is a wonderful blog post, and it’s awesome to see how cultural traditions blend and how new ones are established over the generations:)

    Thank you:)

  7. elena

    Asians really do not celebrate Thanksgiving!! I mean, they do if they’re second or third generation but you know. That yam dish looks really good, I am jealous.

    P.S. Not entering the giveaway, just commenting! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, thanks for stopping by, Elena! It’s always interesting to hear how different countries/cultures celebrate different holidays. I remember thinking how strange it was that so many Italian families eat fish for Christmas. :P

  8. Christina

    Ha, we’ve never had yams as part of our Thanksgiving dinner, but then again we never did the cranberry thing either, so we’re weird I guess.

    I love my mom’s yam dish when she makes it for other meals. The topping is brown sugar, coconut and pecans. One time, she accidentally made a double recipe of the topping to go with it and that was the best ever. Dad and I have been trying to talk her into making that cooking mistake again, but no dice.

    • Wendy Darling

      We never did the yam or cranberry thing, either! Although my husband really likes sweet potatoes, so I might give this a go for him some other time.

      Wow, your mom’s recipe sounds awesome too! And hah, maybe this year you could go in and sneak extra toppings on when she’s not looking.

  9. becca fowler

    the concept of this novel sounds so awesome!!! i cannot wait to read it and i hope i win a bookmark! thanks for the giveaway!!

    beccaboo97200 [at] att [dot] net

  10. Candace

    Dualed sounds AWESOME! And it’s so hard to remember that people outside the states don’t necessarily celebrate Thanksgiving unless they have family from here, etc. It’s ingrained in my brain as a holiday. When I was scheduling my post for that day I was thinking “is anyone even going to read this?” but then I remembered that everyone outside the states would be doing things like normal.
    I’ve never had yams that I liked, but I would be willing to give those ones a shot!

    • Wendy Darling

      III know! It wasn’t until I got more active on GoodReads and book blogging that I started to think about the timing and how it pertains to other countries. I think the interwebs are a bit slower this week, but that shouldn’t stop us from posting content. :)

  11. Malvina Beatrice

    Can’t wait to read Dualed and would love to win the amazing bookmark. Would also love to try out Elsie’s recipe looks delicious! Thanks!


    • Wendy Darling

      The bookmarks are so pretty in person! Good luck with the contest. :) It’s a shame the bookmarks don’t come with a delivery of yams, too….

  12. Sam

    Ohh that looks great! Actually, it looks like heaven when you’re on an empty stomach. I need to go and have some dinner soon. ;)

    Dualed is one of my most anticipated releases of 2013. I can’t wait to finally read it!

    • Wendy Darling

      I bet I could inhale at least a third of this casserole dish all by myself…but I’ll share with you, Sam. :)

      I’m looking forward to starting this as well! I think it’s going to be super fun.

  13. starryeyedjen

    What a great series of posts! I, too, am so thankful for debut novelists…I swear half of my ‘read’ list was debs this year. I love that each debutante is sharing a recipe, too. (Though I have never EVER been a fan of yams. My dad tricked me with them as a kid and I’ve never been the same.)

    Oh, and those bookmarks are gorgeous! I can’t wait to start my copy of Dualed!


    • Wendy Darling

      The 12 debuts were a talented bunch! And I bet the 13s will be just as great. Yam trickery, though–that’ll scar you for sure. ;)

  14. April (BooksandWine)

    Those yams look delicious! Also sometimes it’s fun to make new traditions with your family.
    Don’t enter me for the bookmarks, lol I’m just commenting because I liked the guest post. :-)

    • Wendy Darling

      YES. I love that part of her post too, the fact that the new traditions you establish with your family are important, too.

      Thanks for stopping by, April!

  15. Amy

    Great post!! OMG that recipe looks so yummy! (the non healthy one of course!!) I was excited about today’s post because I follow Elsie on twitter and she is always tweeting food pics and making me hungry!
    I want to read Dualed because it sounds epic!! I mean for real! you have an alternate and only one of you can live!! Of course I am dying to read this!!

    • Wendy Darling

      She is the WORST on Twitter–her food photos always make me gnash my teeth in longing, too!

      I can’t wait to read the book. The premise is totally awesome.

  16. Kaye M.

    I already have some lovely signed bookmarks from Elsie, but I just stopped by to wish both you (Wendy) and her a wonderful Thanksgiving! <3

  17. erin

    Congrats to Elsie on the new release! I’ve already read such great pre-release buzz about this book, it was already on my new release wishlist :) It sounds fantastic!

  18. Tammy Sparks

    I’ve been looking forward to Dualed for quite a while now! The idea is fantastic and I’m loving the cover as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win a bookmark:)


  19. Rachel

    Dueled sounds action packed and mind bending! I have a wonderful yam recipe as well, but I think it’s great because it barely has any yams in it! Yams, peeled & chopped apples (lots), butter, mini marshmellows (lots)and walnuts. Yum! Thanks for the recipe. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m so excited to read it soon!

      And oh my, your recipe sound amazing too, Rachel. It’s the walnuts that interest me–and maybe the apples, too. Would you believe I’ve never had the infamous/traditional yam casserole with marshmallow dish, though? I am trying to figure out how that would taste. *wrinkles brow*

    • Wendy Darling

      She says yams, but I think yams and sweet potatoes are pretty interchangeable in the states! It looks delicious, I was just saying to Random House on Twitter that I keep staring at the photo and poking forlornly at the screen.