The Cook

A Novel by Maylis de Kerangal

  • Published: Sep 05, 2020

"A slim, bountiful, beautifully written (and gorgeously translated) 'Portrait of the Chef as a Young Man.'" -Nancy Klinke, The New York Times Book Review One of BBC Culture's Ten Books to Read this March and The Rumpus Book Club... read more

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Details of The Cook

Exact title of the book
The Cook
Book author
Maylis de Kerangal
ISBN
9780374716196
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Mar 26, 2019
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
112
File size (in PDF)
1008 kB

Some brief overview of book

"A slim, bountiful, beautifully written (and gorgeously translated) 'Portrait of the Chef as a Young Man.'" -Nancy Klinke, The New York Times Book Review One of BBC Culture's Ten Books to Read this March and The Rumpus Book Club Pick for March Maylis de Kerangal follows up her acclaimed novel The Heart with a dissection of the world of a young Parisian chef More like a poetic biographical essay on a fictional person than a novel, The Cook is a coming-of-age journey centered on Mauro, a young self-taught cook. The story is told by an unnamed female narrator, Mauros friend and disciple who we also suspect might be in love with him. Set not only in Paris but in Berlin, Thailand, Burma, and other far-flung places over the course of fifteen years, the book is hyperrealisticto the point of feeling, at times, like a documentary.

It transcends this simplistic form, however, through the lyricism and intensely vivid evocative nature of Maylis de Kerangals prose, which conjures moods, sensations, and flavors, as well as the exhausting rigor and sometimes violent abuses of kitchen work. In The Cook, we follow Mauro as he finds his path in life baking cakes as a child; cooking for his friends as a teenager; a series of studies, jobs, and travels; a failed love affair; a successful business; a virtual nervous breakdown; andat the enda rediscovery of his hunger for cooking, his appetite for life.

About author

de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French, including Naissance dun pont (published in English as Birth of a Bridge, winner of the Prix Franz Hessel and Prix Médicis in 2010). She has also published a story collection, and a novella, Tangente vers lest (winner of the 2012 Prix Landerneau). In 2014, Réparer les vivants was published to wide acclaim and won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Student Choice Novel of the Year from France Culture and Télérama.

Its English translation, The Heart (FSG, 2016), was one of The Wall Street Journals Ten Best Fiction Works of 2016 and was the winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize. She lives in Paris, France. Sam Taylor has written for The Guardian, Financial Times, Vogue, and Esquire.

He translated Maylis de Kerangals The Heart, as well as the award-winning HHhH by Laurent Binet and the internationally bestselling The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker.

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