Cooking with Fernet Branca

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Europa Editions, 2005 - Fiction - 281 pages
115 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  - Lisa - Goodreads

To get an idea of this send up of the last couple decades of expat vogue, think, Tom Sharpe does Peter Mayle, and you will hit something of the right amalgam; however, I was singularly unimpressed ... Read full review

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

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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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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