Cooking with Fernet Branca has ratings and reviews. Richard said: Rating: * of fiveThe Publisher Says: Gerald Samper, an effete English s. Cooking with Fernet Branca, by James Hamilton-Paterson. A comedy of menus high up in Tuscany. Christopher Hirst; Monday 26 July Cooking with Fernet Branca. by James Hamilton-Paterson (Europa; $). In this comic novel, two expats try to live on the same Tuscan.

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The book is first and foremost a comedy, and a very successful one at that. Other books in the series. Gerald Samper’s cooking, using Rernet Branca in anything from ice cream to smoked cat, is according to Marta, the other main character in the book, also an acquired taste.

These clashes come in the form of riotous situations that will have you laughing as you read along. Neighbours are always a problem, but in expatriate isolation they can also provide much-needed solace, which makes the situation even more problematic when they turn out to have different ideas about how life should be lived.

To view it, click here. I was driven to comedy in this instance partly for circumstantial reasons as an antidote to miserable February weather This is an odd one to judge: And then, I will not say that again.

Cooking with Fernet Branca

It was hilarious, so funny I’m going to read it again. It is difficult to write a humorous novel, but this author seems to have mastered it completely. I did not like this cpoking. The clash of cultures and languages leads to anything but the peace and quiet they were both seeking.


Cooking With Fernet Branca

Feb 15, Issicratea rated it liked it Shelves: While their names might suggest a duel by Edward Albee out of Beverley Nichols, the effect is of a classic Fred and Ginger duet: Thus foreigners who live there have a tendency to become A Englishman buys a house in the mountains of Italy seeking quiet for his writing.

Sep 06, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: Clare Fisher Efrnet the Good Thingspp. That they are neighbours at all is what sets the plot rolling, for each had been assured by the slimy fixer who sold them their remote branc high in the foothills of the Apuan Alps that the adjacent property was only occupied for one month a year. I mean, each was told when they bought their houses that their immediate neighbor was quiet and calm, and would only be home maybe one month out of the year.

But Samper deprecates with good reason the specialties his neighbor offers him, delicacies delivered direct from the former Soviet republic of Voynovia.

Cooking With Fernet Branca

View all 4 comments. I’m counting this as a culinary triumph: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Is there a screwball life after death Feb 12, Hana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oddly, this book slowly descended from four stars to three as I continued reading it.

The author lives and works in Italy, but is thoroughly English. Obviously, so far, so good on this one! Gerontius, his first novel, won the Whitbread Award, while his most recent, Loving Monsterswas praised by the Sunday Telegrap James Hamilton-Paterson’s work has been translated into many languages. Dec 23, Kasa Cotugno rated it really liked it Shelves: I’d give it 3. There can be something hectoring about someone trying constantly to amuse you. Then a hearty woman composer fr Eastern Europe plumps down nearby to ponder a score for a fawncy Italian film director.

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I always get excited when I discover a new to me writer whose books are both well written and interesting. This neighbour has been told exactly the same thing.

A fun and twisted book. Jun 13, Patrick rated it really liked it. 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 of the book’s title. This writer is one of those.

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Gerald Samper 3 books. His style is to juxtapose ingredients that are not normally admixed to brwnca a totally new taste sensation. As you might have guessed, the two neighbors are immediately like oil and water.