Cooking With Fernet Branca

Cooking With Fernet Branca

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A playful book, full of fun and games. There is so much pleasure to be had from Hamilton-Paterson's delight in language and wicked way with unreliable narrators. . . . The book's effect is achieved almost entirely through the comic magnetism of a single character.-The Times Literary Supplement A skillful, highly original writer. . . . The elegant language, witty asides and vivid observations are memorable.-The Literary Review I'm bowled over by the sheer imaginative brilliance of the man.-Barry Humphries I love his elegant and intensely evocative style: strangeness lifts off his pages like a rare perfume.-J.G. Ballard A work of comic genius.-The Independent A wonderfully rich alloy of sub-Wildean witticisms and nonsense, Cooking with Fernet Branca had me laughing out loud and uproariously.-Ian Thomson, Sunday Telegraph Gerald Samper, an effete English snob, has his own private hilltop in Tuscany, where he wiles away his time working as a ghostwriter for celebrities and inventing wholly original culinary concoctions-including ice cream made with garlic and the bitter, herb-based liqueur of the book's title. Gerald's idyll is shattered by the arrival of Marta, on the run from a crime-riddled former soviet republic. A series of hilarious misunderstandings brings this odd couple into ever closer and more disastrous proximity. James Hamilton-Paterson's first novel, Gerontius, won the Whitbread Award. He is an acclaimed author of nonfiction books, including Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down, and Playing with Water, He currently lives in Italy.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2005, c2004.
ISBN: 9781933372013
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hamilton James 2005
Characteristics: 281 p. ;,21 cm.


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Apr 29, 2015

I can't remember why I picked up this book but am sure glad I did: the writing is hilarious, characters a riot, and the recipes a vomitous delight. Highly recommend to anyone with a dry sense of humor.

Apr 13, 2010

Very, very funny. A parody of books by ex-pat Brits who have moved to the continental countryside (Tuscany, Provence, Spain....)


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