Cooking with Fernet Branca

Front Cover
Europa Editions, 2005 - Fiction - 281 pages
24 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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Jcambridge - LibraryThing

It's been a long time since I laughed out loud within the first 10 pages of a book. This is a book that will especially appeal to anyone who has spent time in Italy...The recipes alone will make you both laugh and grimace. I recommend this as a most entertaining way to spend an afternoon reading. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

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


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

13 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

James Hamilton-Paterson is the author of the bestselling "Empire of the Clouds", which was hailed as a classic account of the golden age of British aviation. He won a Whitbread Prize for his first novel, "Gerontius", and among his many other celebrated books are "Seven-Tenth"s, one of the finest books written in recent times about the oceans, the satirical trilogy that began with "Cooking with Fernet Branca", and the autobiographical" Playing With Water". Born and educated in England, he has lived in the Philippines and Italy and now makes his home in Austria.

Bibliographic information