Cooking with Fernet Branca

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Europa Editions, 2005 - Fiction - 281 pages
94 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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Review: Cooking with Fernet Branca (Gerald Samper #1)

User Review  - Spencer - Goodreads

This was a really enjoyable read. Gerald Samper is a fussy englishmand and avant garde chef/ghost writer living in tuscany, when a new neighbor moves in. this is marta, a mob boss's rebellious ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Alistair Baird - Goodreads

A wonderful black comedy that skewers the Peter Mayle/Under The Tuscan Sun books of living the Italian dream; a delicious concoction of acerbic wit and hilarious set pieces. The sequel, sadly, is a disappointment. 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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