Very clever, very funny, very good, very knowledgeable.
Quite unlike Nabokov's masterwork of insinuative commentary, Tarquin ends the novel by tying up the entire plot in a package that is at once too neat and too heavy.
Suffice it to say that you will not be able to put the book down, and will probably want to read it more than once to get a handle on all of the implications.
I found this on a Daily Meal website of the top 10 food books of all time. It is really wonderful and if you're into food, you'll enjoy it totally. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Midwest Lady
Narrated by one Tarquin Winot, a snobbish yet brilliant foodie, as he travels to his home in France, this might seem at first to be nothing more than his musings (and highly... Read morePublished 5 months ago by sally tarbox
Very clever, very funny, very good, very knowledgeable. Would suit a bon viveur - the chief protagonist is very evil.Published 6 months ago by Mr. Alexander Eve
This is my second copy of the book; it is one to read and re-read over the years. Even if it isn't new, it would make a great selection for a bookclub.Published 7 months ago by Jean Sue Libkind
What a disappointment! Greatly overrated. Lanchester got to his point very slowly, and by the time he got there, it was no surprise. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Katharine Rogers
I love this novel, not so much for the author's story telling abilities (which I think are only goodish) but for the clever subplot of food recipes. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Book Worm
The book arrived on time and in the condition stated. We are in the processing of reading it for our book club
so I have not finished it as yet. So far its been a good read.
While I don't agree with some other reviewers that the long, rambling prose is unreadable, it does take some effort. No reading this while watching the World Series. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by jeneff
The Debt to Pleasure is John Lanchester's first novel. He uses the ingenious conceit of a gourmet recipe book - some of the writing in here is splendid epicurian commentary on the... Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Sirin