Cooking with Fernet Branca (Paperback)

Staff Pick Badge
Cooking with Fernet Branca Cover Image
$18.00
On Our Shelves Now
3 on hand, as of Mar 30 5:15am
(Fiction)

Staff Reviews


The David Sedaris-like protagonist makes his living by ghost-writing celeb quickie memoirs: "Downhill All the Way! is about a skier; "Hot Seat!" is about a stock car driver... you get the idea. He finds the ideal little Tuscan villa to fix up, while satirizing every posh ex-pat book since the 1990s. But wait! There's a new neighbor, Marta--a shabby composer from a sketchy Eastern Bloc family--who absolutely insists on sharing our hero's penchant for 80-proof Fernet. A riotous farce worthy of rereading every few years.

I acquired my first copy from a display table at Looking Glass Books in Portland, Oregon. 

— From Matthew's Picks

Description


"A very funny sendup of Italian-cooking-holiday-romance novels" (Publishers Weekly).

Gerald Samper, an effete English snob, has his own private hilltop in Tuscany where he whiles 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 known as Fernet Branca. But Gerald's idyll is about to be shattered by the arrival of Marta, on the run from a crime-riddled former Soviet republic, as a series of misunderstandings brings this odd couple into ever closer and more disastrous proximity . . .

"Provokes the sort of indecorous involuntary laughter that has more in common with sneezing than chuckling. Imagine a British John Waters crossed with David Sedaris."--The New York Times

About the Author


James Hamilton-Patterson lives and works in Italy. He is the author of several novels, including Loving Monsters and Gerontius, winner of the Whitbread Best First Novel Award in 1989, a collection of essays dedicated to the lost grandeur of the sea entitled Seven-Tenths, and several non-fiction books including America's Boy, a study of Ferdinand Marcos and the Philippines. He is also the author of two books of poetry and a regular contributor to Granta.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781609455774
ISBN-10: 1609455770
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: August 13th, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English