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2 years ago

As I can see, I’m not the only one here who in love with ”tasty” books Let’s devote to this topic some special space! At least I will be really grateful for any advices concerning such seasoned with foody details further reading

I remembered 3 more spicy books I’ve ever read:

  1. “Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury. It is obviously a masterpiece! Of course, it is well-known novel, but the fragment concerns granny’s cooking peculiarity and the discipline tragedy happened later on, is great, as well as the trick incurred by the grandson to solve the overwhelming problem!
  2. “Gourmet Rhapsody” by Muriel Barbery. Well, I was expecting a bit more after “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”. Indeed, some pages were really yummy and the way this story was narrated is quite interesting: the author gave a hint of the other story characters’ perceptions of the protagonist – dying culinary critic. At the same time, the ending was not as impressive as it could be – more or less predictable in its main features.
  3. “Five Quarters of the Orange” by Joanne Harris. A lot of people (ok, female reader ) around me were extremely excited by the author’s writings and that’s why I was avoiding the acquaintance with Harris’s books so long %) Nop, I am not a real snob, but usually such highly recommended literature gives me more disappointments than pleasure. I also like a lot “The chocolate” movie and on some way I tried to avoid disillusions with the authentic story (I heard, it’s a bit different in the book). But finally I decided to take some risk %) It was not that kind of book I was waiting for after reading annotation (it’s always a question, who writes them and why they are so far from the referred books?). Well, this book is not bad, even quite interesting, but I don’t like to feel myself fool when the end is quite contradictory to the whole story and some lines are tied absolutely artificially. I know that other books of Harris are also quite foody, but at the moment I’m not sure that I need go on with them. Maybe you, guys, can tell me some words about your impression from Joanne Harris writing to understand the issue better 
2 years ago

I cannot help, I'm afraid, Valentina... Of the three books you mention, I didn't read any! Not even The elegance of the hedgehog, which definitely is not my cup of tea, took a few pages to realise. But I'm curious, I hope someone will tell us more about Joanne Harris!

2 years ago

"Dandelion Wine"...I have wonderful memories of enjoying this book, as I did all of Ray Bradbury's writing.  A classic indeed.

Have not read "Gourmet Rapsody", and did not care for "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" and, like Fulvia, gave it up after several pages, so I can't add anything there.

I received "Five Quarters of the Orange" as a gift, and still have it around here somewhere in the many shelves and piles of books my husband and I amass, but was never able to get involved in it after trying it a couple of times.

2 years ago

Among seven deadly sins I should be blamed first of all of gluttony. Yes, ladies and gentlemen of the Jury, I am guilty! I love good food! I love to cook and I love to eat tasty! I even love to watch on some kind of food, it is so picturesque! For this reason I love yummy books as I confessed about it before. The last book I read among that ones, which could be classified as yummy is "The Physiology of Taste" by French lawyer and politician Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who gained everlasting fame mostly as an epicure and gastronome. Of course this reading is a special kind of entertainment. It was published as far back as 1825 and contains the whole lot of prejudices and doubtful advises about healthy diet of its time. At the same time this book is a great source of contemporary anecdotes and gives the reader a real taste and smell of the éoque. So, nowadays it couldn’t be considered as real psychological study of the taste and healthy diet, but recommended to anyone who interested in the matter and its history!

2 years ago

1)It's got to be "Like Water for Chocolate" for me. It had it all, "chocolate" in it's title, a fun concept and a great read. 2)"Feast Day of Fools" by James Lee Burke is another favorite. Mr. Burke has a wonderful atmospheric quality to his books. He can write about the bayou and make it come alive more than any other book I've read about the gulf states. 3) "The Bone Garden" by Tess Gerritsen. If you want a murder mystery with a dark twist this is the one for you. Tess Gerritsen is the author of the Rizzoli & Ives series of books. It's been made into a tv series but was done so badly after the first 10 minutes I turned off the tv. All of this series has a very different & creative twist and she doesn't resort to formula stories where nothing but the place and character names have changed. Warning: her books can be pretty graphic and situations are very intense - just what I like. So those are my picks for yummy books.

2 years ago

Nancy, I remember "Like Water for Chocolate" very well! Even though it is quite atypical book for me and it was really yummy to read

2 years ago

Nancy, I so much enjoyed "The Bone Garden", as you say a murder mystery with highly individual twists.  I haven't read anything else by Tess Gerritsen, but have it on my endless "to read" list to find anything else by her.

2 years ago

Miranda, I've found I really like the Rizzoli & Iles series the best of her books. I would suggest that you read them in order. There's a lot of history that effects both characters and will deepen your understanding of them. I didn't and wish I had. If you like Gerritsen you might also like "Cage of Bones" by Tania Carver but turn on all the lights with her books!

2 years ago

Valentina S. It was an atypical book for me too. I tried to read one of her other books, can't remember what now, and really couldn't get into it.

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