The Gourmet

The Gourmet

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France's greatest food critic is dying, after a lifetime in single-minded pursuit of sensual delights. But as Pierre Arthens lies on his death bed, he is tormented by an inability to recall the most delicious food to ever pass his lips, which he ate long before becoming a critic. Desperate to taste it one more time, he looks back over the years to see if he can pin down the elusive dish. Revealing far more than his love of great food, the narration by this larger-than-life individual alternates with the voices of those closest to him and their own experiences of the man. Muriel Barbery's gifts as an evocative storyteller are put to mouth-watering use in this voluptuous and poignant meditation on food and its deeper significance in our lives. A delectable treat to savour.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 16mm | 99.79g
  • Gallic Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, French
  • 1906040311
  • 9781906040314
  • 8,329

Customer reviews

This book was clearly the first attempt that helped Muriel Barbery reach the pinnacle that was The Elegance of the Hedgehog. It has the same wonderful, evocative, lyrical language but lacks the character and plot development. It was too short and too simple. I wouldn't recommend it, but am grateful that Muriel revisited the characters and raised the bar which resulted in the wonderful 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog'.show more
by Claire Foster