The Debt to Pleasure, Paperback

The Debt to Pleasure Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


Snobbish Tarquin Winot sets out on a journey of the senses from the Hotel Splendide in Portsmouth to his cottage in Provence.

As he travels, he introduces his life through the medium of four seasonal menus, voicing his opinions on a range of subjects




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Whilst taking me quite a while to get into it, i thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially more toward the end.A fictional memoir written as a seasonal menu, relating his life to certain recipes. A fantastic use of the English language, it had me picking up my dictionary quite a few times. Also, a lot of cooking terms i was unfamiliar with, and i did have to polish up my french as well.A gastronomical feat of literary genius.

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Tried this one but I couldn't get into it. It was a foodie book and normally I enjoy these but I had trouble staying interested. The story of the narrator's life is told through a series of seasonal menus, not just talking about the final dishes but also about the ingredients that go into each dish and the way it is prepared. I gave the book over 50 pages but the story never "caught me".

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A totally new experience - intriguing, dark, hilarious: the slow unfolding of a true monster. And essential kitchen tips as well.

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A dazzling debut that hovers between cookbook, murder mystery and espionage handbook! Self-anointed aesthete Tarquin Winot regales his readers with mouth-watering descriptions of seasonal dishes while recounting various episodes from his life during which a substantial number of people seem to have met untimely and sudden deaths.As we join Winot he is embarking on a journey from Portsmouth to Provence where he arranges a "chance" encounter with a journalist who is attempting to write a biography of Winot's elder and more celebrated brother Bartholomew (more generally referred to as "Barry") who has become an established artist and sculptor. Engineering this encounter is fairly easy for Winot as one of his favourite books, and one which accompanies him wherever he goes, is the "Mossad Guide to Secret Surveillance". Tarquin has nothing but disdain for the unstructured output of his brother, or his all too proletarian habits, and does what he can to disillusion the biographer. The descriptions of the food, and the countryside, and the glimpses we are offered of Winot's opulent childhood are perfectly sumptuous, and the book is a joy to read.

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Very very wordy, long winded and meandering. quite witty I suppose but far too abstract for my tastes.

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