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SC 2023 Cuisine Shortlist

I've been sponsoring prompts for World Anvil's Summer Camp and World Ember events for a few years now and I've read thousands of articles over the years. I'm pretty sure that the reason I don't read novels anymore is that I do so much reading here on World Anvil! I'm always amazed by the creativity and passion that everyone puts into their work, and this year is no exception.

I was given the prompt "Somewhere in your setting, describe a cuisine from a sparse, barren or remote region in your world." and there was a total of 236 entries for it. In the past, I have read every article that was submitted for my prompts. What that process has taught me is that I should not do that if I want to maintain any kind of life for myself!

The Process

So my process this year was not very complicated and went something like this:

  1. Made a spreadsheet of all 236 articles (with help from Sh4d0wPh03n1x!)
  2. Open every article, skim it, mark for reading, and leave a like.
  3. Read 62 Articles, make a "Suspect List"
  4. Go through 31 "Suspects" and make a real Shortlist
  5. End up with 6 Finalists and a bunch of Honorable Mentions!

A Word About AI

I've dabbled with AI a little bit the past few months to see what it's capable of. I'm glad to report that, as of now, it's not going to replace writers. We may get to that point one day, but wer're not there right now. I've seen a few submissions that were definitely written all the way through by AI.

I can definitelys see the use of chat bots for bouncing ideas, or structuring an article, but by definition, it has no voice. For now, I can tell if your article was written by AI and you haven't put any of yourself into it. I'm reading the article, I'm slightly put off by the "voice", then I realize that it's a robot talking to me. So if it's recognizably written by AI and I don't hear your own voice in the article, I'm going to take it out of the running. Other judges might not, but this is what I'll be doing.

Summer Camp 2023 Hub
Generic article | Sep 17, 2023

My Hub for Summer Camp 2023!

Summer Camp 2023 Pledge & Homework
Generic article | Sep 17, 2023

My pledge article for Summer Camp 2023. Diamond or DIe Baby!

The Finalists!

My winner will come from this list. Here they are in no particular order!

Candied Magic

by AmélieIS

Amélie consistently hits my shortlists for a reason, she's an amazing worldbuilder and I always look forward to reading her articles. This year, she went with a minimal article style that relies on presentation for maximal punch! Here she describes what look like gumdrops that restore your bodies magical reserves, basically mana potions! she delivers everything you need to know concisely and in an entertaining style. 10 out of 10 would try!

Candied magic
Tradition / Ritual | Aug 1, 2023

A candy enriched in metal atoms that bind magic. Initially developped by the army to quickly replenish soldiers' magical reserve during battles, now used by the wealthy during parties. The euphoria and mild addiction they trigger cause slots of problems.

Greymarsh Menu

by RandoScorpio

RandoScorpio really pulled out the stops on this article. They describe typical meals in the Greymarsh for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. They sound delicious and I'd try everything described, tentacles and all, 10 out of 10! But they really pull out the stops in the sidebar. RandoScorpio goes out of their way to describe the plants and animals used for ingredients in the meals they describe! They even describe fermentation and pickling processes in detail!

Greymarsh Menu
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 31, 2023

Tha Rowund Bread

by TheDumbOwl

I have fallen for TheDumbOwl's writing and simple, yet fantastic, art style. I hadn't seen their work before this Summer Camp and they are one of my favorite new world builders. They have a fun whimsical world and all of their art is child-like pencil or pen drawings on lined paper. The writing is snarky and hilarious! Here they write about "the round bread" made by orcs, for orcs, and in as orcish a manner as possible. There's a recipe that sounds simple and easy, but I don't know where I can get "5 points of Psychic Energy" to make this.

Tha Rowund Bredd
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 12, 2023

It's bread, that is in fact round

The Pirate's Menu

by RPGDinosaurBob

Like myself, RPGDinosaurBob has been around the sun a few times and in that time he's forgotten more about worldbuilding than most of us have learned. He's another old friend on my shortlists and he's definitely earned a spot this time too. In this article he describes six different dishes used by different peoples on long sailing voyages. He details human, chittiki (rat-folk) dwarven, felisean (cat-folk), goblin and halfling solutions for preserving food that will survive a long trip.

The Pirate's Menu
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 17, 2023

Luari Cuiseane

by Hanhula

Hanhula cleaned up at last year's Summer Camp for a reason! She's another person who's work I admire and this article is no exception. In this article, she has thoroughly thought through different types of undersea cuisine and what underwater folks would eat at different latitudes. She describes common meals, with Midjourney art and fun quotes, for different ocean areas of her world.

Luari Cuiseane
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 25, 2023

The ocean's bounty, and how it is consumed.

Mayab Cuisine

by Kefkejaco

Kefkejaco is another veteran world builder who knows how to deliver a quality article. Here they have written a well researched treatise on Mayan cuisine with what appers to be a focus on traditional pronunciation and methods. They give an overview of the cuisine and then focus on ixi'im (maize/corn) and kakaw (cocoa). I love articles where I actually learn something.

Mayab Cuisine
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 18, 2023

Honorable Mentions

I had 30+ articles on my initial "shortlist" and any of these could have easily made it onto my "real" shortlist! These articles gave me a chuckle, or made my laugh, or made me think. Again, here they are in no particular order. They're definitely worth a read!


by eccbooks

My good friend Chris wrote this specifically to get me to laugh and he has done so in a most punishing manner! Lots of fun to be had here!

Tradition / Ritual | Jul 13, 2023

Moontine is a popular Edenian take on poutine, a culinary classic of the Québécois.

Mote Poppers

by AuthorGoddess

Similarly, my friend AuthorGoddess wrote this article to gross me out! Here she describes the ultimate unfortunate survival food

Mote Poppers
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 13, 2023

Sizzling Sarimsoq Shenanigans

by Sh4d0wPh03n1x

The helpful and wonderful Sh4d0wPh03n1x has delivered a lovely article about her world's version of garlic! Don't mind me, I'm off to make some garlic confit!

Sizzling Sarimsoq Shenanigans
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 20, 2023

A delicious cuisine of an ingredient with multiple ways of preserving it!

B.O.E.R.FS - Body Operation Energy Refuel Foods

by Orthais

There's definitely a subset of cuisine articles that I got about gross out foods that no one would ever want to try. This is one of them, but it's amusing and knows it!

B.O.E.R.Fs - Body Operation Energy Refuel Foods
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 12, 2023

Thousand Tastes of Duskwood

by Davina

It's no surprise that an article from Davina is full of exquisite darkness and subtly creep vibes. Her ingredients include: children's fright, throat fire, and cooked sun balls. She has assured me that these are analogs for real world foods, but I'm both intrigued and appaled. Can't wait to see what all of this really is!

Thousand Tastes of Duskwood
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 18, 2023

Votarra Breeze

by Jarhed

CW: Drug use. This is an article about a fizzy drink named "Votarra Breeze" that used to be made with an addictive drink, but isn't anymore. The inventor is a goblin named "Kash Monet" and that alone landed this article on this list. What can I say? I'm easy!

Votarra Breeze
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 14, 2023

The Addicting Goblin Drink.

Phytozoa Culinary Arts

by ecl1pse

Another theme in the articles I read this year focused on dangerous foods that could maybe kill you. This one's about a dangerous plant/animal hybrid that can kill you with poison or thorns, but people eat it anyway!

Phytozoa Culinary Arts
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 18, 2023

Shimmering Ambrosia

by KatSanders

Kat is on the WorldAnvil staff and can't technically win, but she's put in a fun article that I really enjoyed! Here she describes a couple of cocktails that I would definitely try if I could get a hold of "shimmering magical algae." Anyone have a real-world equivalent?

Shimmering Ambrosia
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 15, 2023

A nectar-like drink, Shimmering Ambrosia, provides a flavor of otherworldly sweetness. This drink comes from the depths of the ocean where the Merfolks use their water magic to grow the fruits contained there in.

Tummarble: Rock Roast

by It's Moro

And here's another World Anvil staffer and another fun article! This one's about rocks. That you cook. Then you eat them. And they're... juicy. I would be tempted to eat them, but they're.. you know... rocks!

Tummarble: Rock Roast
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 31, 2023

Stuffed Orbshroom Nubs

by Moonlight Bard

When this prompt was announced on scroll, I challenged people to include recipes and a lot of people took me up on it! I've considered making some of these recipes and if I do I'll udpate this article. Moonlight Bard left me a yummy recipe where they totally didn't yell at the cook that I may try out!

Stuffed Orbshroom Nubs
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 30, 2023

Festival Of Bitter Regret

by Vazdimet

Vazdimet describes a non-delicious unfun ritual here that's not pleasant, but is a good bit of world building about some unpleasant people. The subject isn't fun, but the article itself is very good!

Festival of Bitter Regret
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 15, 2023

The Order's Festival of Bitter Regret is a Holy Day of Observation, revolving around military preparation and bitter foods with little opportunity to rest, lest celebrants forget to remain motivated by their failures.

Mummer Nums

by Sapha Burnell

Sapha delivers a chaotic and hilarious article about idiots who risk their lives for cheese. It's really good lives and they don't value their lives, so shenanigans ensue. Lots of fun here!

Mummer Nums
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 27, 2023

The search for cheese takes Bardagi to new heights... if... if the geyser goes off before they sprint to safety.

Swimming Rama

by deleyna

This is a quick article from an accomplished writer that I admire very much. Swimming Rama is a curry fusion that sounds like lots of Southeast Asian dishes that I've had in real life. I think I have all the ingredients for this in my kitchen and I may make it this week!

Swimming Rama
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 31, 2023

Guano Beetle Fricassee

by Dazzlinkat

This unfortunately named recipe from Dazzlinkat is told from the perspective of a goblin not too worried about measurements... or hygiene. I, for one, would love to try it, but I'd switch out the poopy bugs and throw in crawfish or shrimp instead!

Guano Beetle Fricassee
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 27, 2023

Cover image: Summer Camp 2023 Cuisine Shortlist by Chris L


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Sage eccbooks
E. Christopher Clark
13 Aug, 2023 12:45

Nice work! Honored to make the list of Honorable Mentions.

13 Aug, 2023 15:29

You're welcome! Thanks for thinking of me when you wrote it!

Check out my entry for the Treasured Companions Challenge: the Ghost Boy of Kirinal! His article also spilled over into Adventuring With Ghost Boy full of plot hooks and his 5E stat block!

13 Aug, 2023 14:58

Awesome, kit, and thanx!! Glad you're feeling inspired to try goblin cooking!! LOL

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13 Aug, 2023 15:29

I'm willing to hygienically try it!

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Haly the Moonlight Bard
13 Aug, 2023 17:14

Do please try the orbshrooms and let me know what you think! They're a household favorite, especially when we do game night!

14 Aug, 2023 10:25

This was one of my favourite prompts this SC, and I'm so excited to see who wins it. :D Food worldbuilding is just so fun, especially when there's recipes to try.   Great choices for the shortlist and honourable mentions. <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
14 Aug, 2023 12:07

Thank you! I have a few I want to try!

Check out my entry for the Treasured Companions Challenge: the Ghost Boy of Kirinal! His article also spilled over into Adventuring With Ghost Boy full of plot hooks and his 5E stat block!

Sage RandoScorpio
21 Aug, 2023 01:53

I was so happy to have a food prompt, and so glad you enjoyed the menu (even all the wiggly bits!). :)

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Marsin Morrow
Character | Sep 12, 2023
21 Aug, 2023 13:00

It was a great article, one of my top six favorites in fact!

Check out my entry for the Treasured Companions Challenge: the Ghost Boy of Kirinal! His article also spilled over into Adventuring With Ghost Boy full of plot hooks and his 5E stat block!

25 Aug, 2023 15:34

Oooh! I am following you! I am a chef/entrepreneur by day, so I love making recipes!

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25 Aug, 2023 15:41

Thanks! Just followed you back!

Check out my entry for the Treasured Companions Challenge: the Ghost Boy of Kirinal! His article also spilled over into Adventuring With Ghost Boy full of plot hooks and his 5E stat block!

25 Aug, 2023 19:18

Thank you for including me on your shortlist! Really means a lot! ^^ Also quite glad that you liked the approach I took to it, it was fun to do a deep dive in mayan food and get some more knowledge myself :)

Feel free to check out my Orena 'Raitin Bane' page and my new world Terra Occidentalis if you want to see what I am up to!
25 Aug, 2023 19:38

Thank you for the deep dive! It was really informative and interesting.

Check out my entry for the Treasured Companions Challenge: the Ghost Boy of Kirinal! His article also spilled over into Adventuring With Ghost Boy full of plot hooks and his 5E stat block!

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