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!