Description: Lives of Notorious Cooks is a set of 51 fictional biographies of great chefs, dating from pre-history to the final days of World War I.
These biographies, fantastical in character, often decadent, range from an ancient Greek for whom lentils were divine, to a French king who invented his own way to make purée of ortolans. Taoist sages brush shoulders with excessive Italians, and the skills of the magnificent cooks of Baghdad are displayed alongside those of an ex-slave from Tennessee.
Verity and illusion, supernatural happenings and down-to-earth pleasantries are served up together with stylistic relish in a capricious encyclopaedia that straddles the borders of literary fantasy and biographical fiction and in which the lofty is seasoned with the mischievous.
About The Author: Brendan Connell was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1970. He has had fiction published in numerous places, including McSweeney’s, Adbusters, and Fast Ships, Black Sails (Nightshade Books 2008). His published books include: The Translation of Father Torturo (Prime Books, 2005), Dr. Black and the Guerrillia (Grafitisk Press, 2005), Unpleasant Tales (Eibonvale Press, 2010), The Life of Polycrates and Other Stories for Antiquated Children (Chômu Press, 2011) and The Architect (PS Publishing, 2012).
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