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The Cook by Harry Kressing
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Mar 16, 2012

it was amazing

Conrad Venn is six and a half feet tall. Wearing black and carrying his personal carving knife and a distinctive collection of recipes, he rides into town on a bicycle to take up employment as cook at the mansion of the Hill family. But Conrad's prowess as a cook is as extraordinary as his appearance, and his exquisite cooking casts such a spell over the family that the entire household is soon in thrall to him.

That's most of what I remember about this novel - it's many years since I read it - but the essence of it has stayed with me all this time. Very powerful and intriguing stuff. I move house a lot and rarely unpack all my book boxes, but I know that The Cook is in one of those heaped boxes. When I'm next able to go through them I'll seek The Cook and digest his tale once again - with some relish, I suspect.

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