Saturday, August 18, 2007

Cooking with Fernet Branca

Cooking with Fernet Branca
by James Hamilton-Paterson

I have many guilty pleasures. I love culinary snobbery, biting satires and witty characters. Cooking with Fernet Branca has this in spades with Gerald Samper, a ghostwriter for celebrities living in Tuscany. He fancies himself a culinary genius of great daring. His neighbor, Marta, has arrived from Voynovia, a fictitious ex-soviet region and is an earthy composer for an Italian avant-garde filmmaker. What follows is a comedy of manners told in the first person of each character.
Truly outrageous, this is one of the wittiest of contemporary novels.


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