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Mangoes and Quince: A Novel

2.8 of 5 stars 2.80  ·  rating details  ·  109 ratings  ·  24 reviews
An intoxicating novel about a woman who seduces an entire city with the exotic fare she creates in her home-run restaurant.

Best-selling cookbook author Carol Field turns her talent to fiction in Mangoes and Quince. A feast of the imagination, Mangoes and Quince tells the story of Miranda, abandoned in Amsterdam by her husband Anton, who disappeared into the South Seas. Ma
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 6th 2002 by Bloomsbury USA (first published March 7th 2001)
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If you want to read scrumptious descriptions of food, some mixed with erotica, this is your book. The plot was unbelievable, and one gets the feeling the author has a fantasy of opening a small exclusive restaurant. The cover says "National Bestseller," but I have my doubts about that claim.
Robin Ferguson
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book at first but I kept on reading. It was almost like three different books. The flavor deepened the further I got. Like the food she described took on a totally different flavor. And recipes in the back too!
Strange book. As I am a fan of stories featuring monkeys and intoxicating cooking descriptions, I somewhat enjoyed this novel.
I don't know why I liked this book so much but I did! It flowed along at a lovely pace, in an almost sneaky way, I felt like I was still reading the begining of the book but I discovered I was a third of the way through! I empathised with Diana and found Miranda to be unlikable in many ways. On one had she did what she had to do to ensure she provided for her daughter, but she was also so jealous of her as well...that would be my one criticism that it is unclear why Miranda treats her own daught ...more
I'm surprised not many people have read this novel. I think I found it at a library sale and liked the title. The novel is about Diana, a little girl used to island-hopping with her family. When her father leaves Diana and her mother Miranda to sail out, she is forced to get used to living in a house. Miranda deals by cooking up a storm, opening a restaurant, and renting rooms to lodgers. Diane misses her father. The novel reminded me very much of Isabel Allende's writing for some reason, though ...more
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This book was a little strange - it had all this dreamy sorcery/magic/dark sexual innuendo about it laced into a more straightforward family story. I liked the character and story of the mother and the imagery of Amsterdam at what seemed like it could have been any time (at first I thought maybe it was based in the 1600s but then realized later on it was much more modern). Not an excellent book, but an interesting one.
Lots to recommend it and lots of quibbles --- overall -- I judt may not have been in the proper frame of mind -- but don't let that stop you. If it sounds of interest --- give it a whirl. There's a bit of Chocolat, a bit of Like Water for Chocolate (Dutch and the islands as opposed to Mexico but just as wild -- maybe more so) -- anyway there are also recipes if that is a perk.
Mangoes and Quince will capture your attention as you wonder where the author is taking you. Later you will realize that you're on a wild goose chase following an handful of tangents that are never quite tied together or concluded.

Nonetheless, the book is captivating in it's depiction of distant and uninhabitant islands, and the alluring life of an up and coming chef.
I had high hopes for this book based on the author's history with cookbooks. The plot just didn't grab me, mystery or not. I just didn't particularly care what happened to the various characters.

But the recipes at the back of the book? Ah, lovely. Will copy some down to add to my kitchen collection.
The cover summary makes it sound like this is going to be a book about a woman opening a restaurant in Amsterdam. That is only one small part. Lots of crazy convoluted side stories. I finished it to see the resolution to the train wreck.
This is a book that Tamsin gave to me. I found it hard to put down and was sad when it ended... A beautiful story of adventure, color and flavor. I can still smell the scents and picture the scenes *_*
Started out slow, and although there are portions where the pace is quick, they are few and far in-between. Some downright weird 'rituals' described, but the description of islands and island life was nice.
the book was well written - I enjoyed the author's descriptive choice in words - it's not what I expected at all but would recommend it - a fairly quick read - an interesting perspective for sure
I liked the aura of the exotic in this novel; however, the storyline slowed down and I jumped to the end, then backtracked a little. The recipes at the end redeem it.
Nice food/cooking descriptions. Everything else seemed shallow or surface although the topics were not (sexuality, death, parent/child relationships).
Not sure how I feel about this book, I finished it, which says something, it was somewhat interesting and includes 11 recipes.
Fun read. The characters aren't too developed, but the descriptions of food and cooking will dazzle.
Michelle Lemaster
Another juicy food book! I loved it!
really yummy recipes!
I really enjoyed this story.
Not too exciting.
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