Saturday, 5 October 2013

The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood

What a surprise.

This scrumptious, treat of a novel is full of evocative tastes, smells and textures. The language is rich with flavour and detail.

Set in pre-revolutionary France we follow the life and times of Jean-Marie Charles D'Aumout from orphan to scholar to lover to zoo-keeper to spy to recluse and, last but not least, chef.

The common thread throughout this book is Jean-Marie's desire for taste & interest in food.

His willingness to try anything and his ability to describe each taste in his journal is more entertaining than tantalising.

His search for new tastes & flavours leads him down many dangerous roads and into the arms (or should I say between the legs) of many a young woman!

The Last Banquet is sexy, heart-warming and riveting - give it a go - I dare you!


  1. Hmmmm now you've piqued my interest - having eaten guinea pig, llama and alligator, I wonder what a zoo keeper might be tempted to try?!

    1. You and Jean-Marie will get along just fine!

  2. Haven't heard of this book before. Love the cover!


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