Cooking with Fernet Branca

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Europa Editions, 2005 - Fiction - 281 pages
119 Reviews
"A playful book, full of fun and games. There is so much pleasure to be had from Hamilton-Paterson's delight in language and wicked way with unreliable narrators. . . . The book's effect is achieved almost entirely through the comic magnetism of a single character."-"The Times Literary Supplement"

"A skillful, highly original writer. . . . The elegant language, witty asides and vivid observations are memorable."-"The Literary Review"

"I'm bowled over by the sheer imaginative brilliance of the man."-Barry Humphries

"I love his elegant and intensely evocative style: strangeness lifts off his pages like a rare perfume."-J.G. Ballard

"A work of comic genius."-"The Independent"

"A wonderfully rich alloy of sub-Wildean witticisms and nonsense, "Cooking with Fernet Branca" had me laughing out loud and uproariously."-Ian Thomson, "Sunday Telegraph"

Gerald Samper, an effete English snob, has his own private hilltop in Tuscany, where he wiles 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. Gerald's idyll is shattered by the arrival of Marta, on the run from a crime-riddled former soviet republic. A series of hilarious misunderstandings brings this odd couple into ever closer and more disastrous proximity.

James Hamilton-Paterson's first novel, "Gerontius," won the Whitbread Award. He is an acclaimed author of nonfiction books, including "Seven-Tenths," "Three Miles Down," and "Playing with Water," He currently lives in Italy.

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Great language and writing, not a story that moved me. - Goodreads
He is a curmudgeon And connoisseur of wretched recipes. - Goodreads
The plot is bizarre and entertaining. - Goodreads
The best part of the book is the recipes. - Goodreads
Gerald is a writer, a ghost writer. - Goodreads
Told in alternating voices, the plot soars hilariously. - Goodreads

Review: Cooking with Fernet Branca (Gerald Samper #1)

User Review  - Christopher Lehmann - Goodreads

What a hoot. What a joy. I'm a lover of Fernet Branca so secretly hoped I'd trip over a use of the stuff that would inspire me to expand how I consume it. Forget that, I wouldn't dare. I'm not an expert on books for airplanes and beaches but I think this has to be one of those. Fast and fun. Read full review

Review: Cooking with Fernet Branca (Gerald Samper #1)

User Review  - Wmcreyno - Goodreads

Intermittently very funny. No momentum to the story, though. I had to quit two-thirds of the way through. Read full review


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James Hamilton-Paterson's first novel, Gerontius, won the Whitbread Award. He is an acclaimed author of nonfiction books, including Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down and Playing with Water. He currently lives in Italy.

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