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Posted January 3, 2006
Satisfying like a gourmet meal
This well-written and thought-provoking biography allows the readers to go behind the swinging door of high-brow French haute cuisine and take a keen look at the boiling passions and heartbreaking dramas that are brewing there every day, driving some towards the summint and others towards the abyss. The book contains rich details and deeply satisfying, mouth-watering descriptions of endlesss lunches, dinners, recipies and culinary inventions. The first-person approach to this biography creates an irresistibly engaging intimacy that swoops the reader right into the book and, above all, makes him/her care about the spectacular and tragic life and death of the Great Chef. The sole drawback of this vibrant book is that sometimes it is too much of a good thing: Too many descriptions, excessive repetitions of facts, and over-the-top use of French phrases that are often not translated into english, thus alientating the nonfrancophones among the reades.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2005
Well written but a little too much at times.
I enjoyed this account of French cuisine but found it tedious at times. Chelminski is a wonderful writer and his style alone got me through much of the book. If you prefer a fictional take on haute cuisine then you must read Little Kingdoms by Michael Lubarsky. This is by far one of the best novels in recent years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2012
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