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Death al Dente (The Gourmet Detective Mysteries Book 4) by [King, Peter]
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Book 4 of 8 in The Gourmet Detective Mysteries (8 Book Series)
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From Library Journal

The Gourmet Detective (Spiced to Death, LJ 7/97) ultimately confronts dire danger when called upon to choose which of three talented Italian chefs will work at a fancy new restaurant. Their cooking competition, unfortunately, results in murder and more. Fast fun, delightful characters.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Gourmet Detective, an ex-chef, so far nameless(Spiced to Death, 1997, etc.), has been hired by famed actor/restaurateur Desmond Lansdowne to take on what appears a delightful mission: to travel to Italy and choose the best chef of the three generally acknowledged as that countrys finest. Lansdowne wants to open what he insists will be the best Italian restaurant in London, and the chosen chef will rule its kitchen. Gourmet, whose ostensible mission will be to gather material for a restaurant guide (... la Michelin), is met in Italy by charming Francesca, a friend of Desmonds who runs an escort service and knows everyone. In Bologna, the two are invited by chef Silvio Pellegrini to visit a mozzarella factory and a buffalo herd at his farma visit that ends with Pellegrinis death in what looks like murder. Gourmets life is threatened tooby a man dressed in a monks robe as well as by others. Between dissertations on the wines and regional dishes of various areas, theres a murky plot involving extramarital affairs, legal chicanery, and greedy business dealsmost of it near-incomprehensible except to theatrically handsome policeman Captain Carlo Cataldo, who seems to have a grip on the confusing mess. For some, wines and meals to die for. Others may feel a compelling urge to head for the nearest McDonalds. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • File Size: 1021 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Road (September 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096LJSGG
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I continue to read this series because of the great descriptions of food. I love to cook, and to read about cooking (I read cookbooks recreationally), and the thing I love most about this series is that there's none of this "They ate dinner" nonsense; the exact dinner, often including how things are prepared is lovingly described.

That being said- I think some of the other reviews are way off when they trust King to have his facts straight about the details of food and wine. I am hardly an expertm yet in every book so far I've encountered at least one whopper of misinformation; enough to make me mistrust the "facts" of all the other data. In this one, for example, one of the top 3 chefs in Italy was very fussy and refused to serve any parmesan cheese that was not freshly made that day. And.. parm is widely renowned for being an AGED cheese. There can not possibly be anything like fresh-that-day parm. Given the context, he may have meant mozzarella... though that did not seem to me to be working in terms of flavor and texture in the context. There is also a reference to deadly interactions between Prozac and unspecified vegetables; while I have not extensively googled this, I have seen no such connection in actuality. Given, these, I wonder how much more misinformation is in all the "facts" that King cites and that people seem to be trusting to be true.

I like learning random facts from novels. Unfortunately, King makes enough stuff up that I cannot trust him as reliable.

And then we have the same problem here as with the others; for some reason- unknown- Our Hero is irresistible to the ladies. OK, this time the gorgeous chick seems to be getting paid for it, but still- I think we're looking at a real Marty Stu here.
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By A Customer on May 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Peter King's writing, like a fine wine improves with age. "Death al Dente" The fourth book in the Gourmet Detective series, is possibly King's finest work to date. The food descriptions make your mouth water and the information about Italy and Italian wines is truly enlightning. Combine the food, the wine and a multiple murder mystery and you have a book well worth reading. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a penchant for culinary mysteries.
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Peter King created the concept of "The Gourmet Detective" with his first novel in that continuing series by that exact name. The Gourmet Detective investigates issues related to gourmet food, fine wines, exotic ingredients and the recipes involved. In this novel, "Death al Dente," the fourth in the continuing series, the Gourmet Detective is sent to Bologna, Italy by his client to evaluate each of three world-class chefs so that one may be lured away to be the star of a new and best Italian restaurant to be located in England.

A common theme throughout these Peter King novels is found herein - that an outwardly simple task is made troublesome by mischief, mayhem and murder, with the Gourmet Detective in the middle of it all. He is helped in this task by his beautiful, wilful and enticing locally-sourced Italian escort, the lovely Francesca, who not only helps solve the crime but is introduced as a key character and a foil to the Gourmet Detective. She also provides an insight as to the author's depiction of beautiful, sexual, passionate and self-confident Italian womanhood.

Taking place in Bologna and the surrounding area, the novel transports you to that classic Italian city, the local life style, it's cuisine, wines, cheeses, archecture and historical value.

This is escapist entertainment and adventure in its purest form, and an inexpensive way to learn about Bologna, its fine cuisine, wines and colorful inhabitants, as portrayed by characters in this novel.
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