After closing their Pioneer Square location in late February (a space that's now Kraken Congee), the folks behind Madison's beloved Thai spot Little Uncle have a new project. Owners Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart (PK) are writing a "flash" cookbook divided by season, and they need your help.
How it works: From now until June 30, Frank and PK are accepting written submissions from the public of 250 words or less on the general topic of seasons and/or weather. Wait... Not about food? Nope, not straight up, anyway. In Little Uncle's new monthly newsletter, the team writes: "The theme of your work does not need to directly refer to food, the preparation of food or even the act of ingesting anything." That said, they go on: "Of course, as a living organism you will be hard pressed to write anything without a whiff of an indirect reference to eating."
Frank and PK will choose their favorite written submissions (to print in full in the cookbook), and plan to literally invent recipes around them.
Frank and PK will choose their favorite written submissions (to print in full in the cookbook), and plan to literally invent recipes around them. An example from Frank: "Someone has a story about a breakup on a cold, rainy and crappy day. We would pair a heart warming spice beef noodle soup with that."
So there you have it. The Little Unclers are hoping to stock the cookbook with about 12 recipes and accompanying stories, which can be anything, they say: prose, sonnets, micro-fiction, you name it.
The idea for the book was PK's, and several factors led to it, including the following: "After standing around all day preparing food in a restaurant, one hears many odd and fantastic stories, mumblings and poems. Is it the food being prepared that is influencing the stories, or are the stories influencing the manner of the food being prepared?" Frank says.
Hit email@example.com with submissions or any questions by June 30.