Cooking with Fernet Branca has ratings and reviews. Richard said: Rating: * of fiveThe Publisher Says: Gerald Samper, an effete English s. Cooking with Fernet Branca, by James Hamilton-Paterson. A comedy of menus high up in Tuscany. Christopher Hirst; Monday 26 July Cooking with Fernet Branca. by James Hamilton-Paterson (Europa; $). In this comic novel, two expats try to live on the same Tuscan.

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To me this book was a victim of the author’s need to be too witty. I don’t recommend it.

Muriel Barbery owes her Murrikin presence to them, too. But I’m not, so I haven’t.

Thus foreigners who live there ferneet a tendency to become Many of his recipes are given in the text. Ending didn’t quite work that’s why it didn’t get the 5th star. It is this dynamic that drives Hamilton-Paterson’s delicious comedy of errors. The author has obviously enjoyed writing the book so much he has completely forgotten his readers would also be very pleased with this work.

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Be the first to ask a question about Cooking with Fernet Branca. It is a spiced liquor similar to ‘Gammel Dansk’ and to a lesser degree the German ‘Jegermeister’. He lives in Italy. My cookingg should follow. Told in alternating voices, the plot soars hilariously. View all 30 comments. It’s an easy-read – the plot is negligible, but the characters are funny and the dual first-person narration is delightfully bookish and chatty.


Gerald and Marta do it all the time, including lunchtime. I have been told by friendly cognoscenti that I have a pleasant light tenor, and I am just giving a Rossini aria a good run for its money when suddenly a voice shouts up from near my ankles: His style is to juxtapose ingredients that are not normally admixed to produce a totally new taste sensation.

If I were a good neighbour I would have dropped in on her by now to make sure she is still alive. Gerald Samper, an effete English snob, has his own private hilltop in Tuscany, where he whiles 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. He is also a devoted and creative chef.

Once again, an overly-refined Brit goes to Italy to follow his writing muse.

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It was hilarious, dernet funny I’m going to read it again. For their first dinner together, she serves him shonkawhich Granca describes as a gross sausage the colour of rubberwear and as full of lumps as a prison mattress.


Then a hearty woman composer fr Eastern Europe plumps down nearby to ponder a score for a fawncy Italian film director. In Voynovia, women, in particular, daughters, are second-class citizens, and live under the thumbs gernet their male relatives. This is an odd one to judge: It’s no coincidence that the Italian words for “strange” and “foreigner” are cognate.

What is crucial to a piece like this is tone of voice, and with both Gerald and Marta we know that we’re in safe hands from the beginning.

Worth reading especially for foodies who realize deep inside that they’re ridiculous. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

She is of an indeterminate age; late 30s?

This is where the book’s darkest humor shimmers horrifyingly. Sep 08, Laura banca it liked it Shelves: There can be something hectoring about someone trying constantly to amuse you.