Recipe for a Character

Write a piece of flash fiction in the style and form of a recipe. In composing the preparation steps, reveal bits of the fictional recipe-writer’s life. Try to give the reader a sense of the person behind the recipe by giving an emotional dimension to the instructions. For inspiration, read Steve Himmer’s “How to Make Potato Salad.”


How To Make Potato Salad

What a cool surprise to see one of the first stories I ever published used as an example here! I've heard from a couple of readers who couldn't get the Internet Archive link to work, and Bullfight's own archives are long gone, so I've posted the story at Fictionaut for anyone who is trying to see it. The story is also available in the flash fiction anthology Brevity & Echo, published by Rose Metal Press.

Steve Himmer