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Prime

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by Poppy Z. Brite
 

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Two years after the opening of Liquor, New Orleans chefs Rickey and G-man are immersed in the life of their restaurant, enjoying a loyal cast of diners, and cooking great booze-laced food. All’s well until a bad review in a local paper not-so-subtly hints that their “silent” backer, celebrity chef Lenny Duveteaux, has ulterior motives. When Lenny

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Prime 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Prime is the second in a series of books revolving around the lives of two young chefs who through talent, determination, and serendipity become able to realise their dream of opening a resturaunt in their hometown of New Orleans. The resturant, called Liqour, opened to rave critical review after a series of roadblocks and frustruations in the first book of the same name. Prime picks up two years after Liquor - the book - ends. The two chefs, Rickey and G-man, have enjoyed two years of success and are slowly finding themselves immersed in a new series of adventures - both hopeful and disconcerting. Prime, like Liqour, is an Epicurians wet dream. For those who love to indulge in the sensory delights of wonderful food, the numerous descriptions of meals made and eaten throughout the book will whet the appitite and cause the stomach to sit up and beg. One wonderful thing about this book is the Poppy Z. Brite does not underestimate the readers sense of smell, or their sense of taste. Granted - my experience reading liturature that revolves so heavily around eating, the life of resturaunteurs, and 'Foodies' is limited to these two books, but I would like to assume that another author would be hard-pressed to come as close to setting such splendid meals in front of us with words, as Brite does. I have been reading Mrs. Brite's work for twelve years now, and that is the very reason that I have been a faithful reader since day one: regardless of what emotion, idea, or sensation she is trying to get across, she has the knack of writing it in the most intoxicating, convincing way. But Prime's true strength, as far as I am concerned, is the characters, and the characters in this series have more depth to them than any she has created before. It was such a pleasure to come into Ricky and G-man's world once more, as well as Lenny Deuveteax's - (one of my all time favorite characters from any series - Lenny's personality is multi-layered and, - despite his sneakiness, tough exterior, and distrust of almost everyone around him - he is great fun and easy to love.)I was also tickled to see Linda Getty - a charchter from Brite's Crow: The Lazerus Heart, make a cameo. Prime is wonderful because the characters and their personalities are so visceral, their reactions so utterly human, that the reader needs expend no effort at all immersing themselves in their world. I highly reccomend this book, as well as Liqour. If you are a fan of Poppy's earlier novels (Lost Souls, Drawing Blood, and Exquisite Corpse), rush to pick these up, for she has evolved her voice into something much better. With this series of books, we get to see Poppy finally comming into her own.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Backed silently by celebrity chef Lenny Duveteaux, two years ago John ¿call me¿ Rickey and Gary ¿G-man¿ Stubbs opened up Liquor in New Orleans with a menu containing expensive alcohol as a major ingredient in all their repasts. The reviews are favorable and the two young gay chefs gain a loyal following including tourists stopping for a meal.............. Popularity takes a hit when Humphrey Wildblood writing in the free biweekly Cornet implies sinister criminal activity by Lenny. As Liquor loses patronage, the chef-owners want to buy out their silent partner to save their restaurant, but need cash accentuated by an equipment failure. With G-Man¿s urgings, Ricky accepts a menu consulting offer in Dallas. At the same time, G-Man learns that Wildblood is a pseudonym used by the son of District Attorney Placide Treat, who arrests Lenny; the DA wants to defuse any real opponent in his reelection bid with Lenny¿s attorney being the likely opposition and Liquor being a victim of political callous collateral damage.................. PRIME is an interesting culinary thriller that takes the usual heterosexual family style dining approach and cleverly turns the sub-genre upside down by expanding the definition of family to be a lot more inclusive. The story line is wacky due to the interactions of the key cast members to include the lead couple, their silent partner, the DA and his son (talk of political incest), and the two Texans. Fans of the author will brighten up with this fun tale that shares much in common with her previous works in terms of zaniness and intriguing characters (gay and otherwise), but also recognize that the recipe is quite different................ Harriet Klausner