Samantha was forced into The Hunger Games by her childhood friend Jen, who insisted she read it because “[she’d] like Finnick Odair.” (She was right. Tragic characters are kinda Samantha’s thing.) However, as with most things, she dove in and didn’t look back. Nothing has captured her quite as much as The Hunger Games. Ask anyone that knows her.
Samantha is a textile designer by day, cook-and-blogger for Panem Kitchen by night (and sometimes weekends … okay, like every weekend). She is also a featured artist and writer for our friends at Panem Propaganda. Beyond Hunger Games and cooking, she loves art, ballet, Star Trek, and looking at fish.
Aaron is a Graphic & Web Designer originally from Ireland.
Today he lives deep in the beautiful Indiana woods with Samantha, who introduced him to The Hunger Games, and the world’s happiest cat, who introduced him to 5:00am wake up calls. These new surroundings kick his creative drive into high gear and are perfect for his new favourite activities (being fascinated by cicadas and eating delicious food).
He founded Outlet in 2007 and co-founded Panem Kitchen in 2013.
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Panem Kitchen was born from two things: a love of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, and a desire to live simply.
We have always been of the opinion that food should be as simple and true to its ingredients as possible, with minimal processing. While we have the luxury of making this choice, the residents of Panem were forced into frugality and simplicity of living by their political situation. So while there is some irony in a cooking website revolving around a fictional country where the majority of the populace is struggling to find where their next meal will come from … the culinary world of Panem is too rich to go untouched.
Each District has its own distinct regional cuisine that hearkens back to the days when the country was still the United States, and while there are some recipes that overlap, there is a different take on it in each of the 14 regions of Panem, from the Capitol to District 13. This is what we wanted to expand upon. The recipes of Panem Kitchen are meant to be basic, easy, and made from readily available ingredients, as they would have to be for the District residents.
We hope that you will enjoy exploring Panem through its cuisine.