- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (June 11, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582343047
- ISBN-13: 978-1582343044
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,909,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Cook a Tart Paperback – June 11, 2003
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"A devilish delight...Smart, sexy, hilarious and not to be missed."-Washington Post
"How to Cook a Tart is gastro-porn-as if Julia Child and William Burroughs had a bastard child. Filled with magnificent descriptions of the best of food, the novel's dark subtext left me questioning whether I should cook less and have more sex-or cook more, just with more butter."-Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour
"A wickedly wonderful dark comedy that makes mouths water and skewers self-proclaimed gourmands, cookbook writers and self-righteous dieters."-Chicago Sun-Times
"This debut black comedy...is not only delicious, it's simultaneously rare and well-done."-Glamour
"A delicate, wicked comedy that made me want to throw out my margarine and luxuriate in butter. I can relate to a book that celebrates eating and laughs at diets."-Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels
"Wickedly intelligent, succulent and true. Every woman who has ever picked up a spoon with guilt in her heart should read this and rejoice."-Jennifer Crusie, author of Faking It and Fast Women
"Wickedly funny."-New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Nina Killham was born in Washington, D.C. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, she wrote about food for the Washington Post. She lives in London with her husband and their two young children. Her husband does most of the cooking.
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Missy Cooperman, food editor, cancels her contract because Jasmine's kind of cooking just is not "in" anymore. And husband Daniel takes off with a nubile, good-looking, young thing. But then things are put to right. A TV show on cooking needs a filler to fill the time element. So here comes Jasmine, letting loose on live TV with a tirade on FAT and against skinny people who are always afraid of gaining another ounce. Success beckons. Jasmine is now famous. And things straighten out on the domestic front, too, though not in any way you would expect.
This book is a slow starter. But then it gains speed and makes the most unbelievable case for FAT you ever encountered. I should mention that the author is a food editor for the Washington Post and liberally laces her tale with food items off the most sophisticated menus (no recipes, though). Read it and enjoy. If you are overweight you will feel much better afterwards.
Jasmine's motto: To feast well is the best revenge. Too bad her publisher doesn't agree, feeling that Jasmine's latest cookbook had more fat content than a McDonald's deep-fryer. In a diet-obsessed world, Jasmine struggles to find a home for her unique and decadent recipes, full of rich butter creams, chocolates, sauces, everything we as a society try to avoid rather than indulge. Jasmine and her husband Daniel are pushing 40 and seemingly happy, until Daniel begins an affair with one of his acting students, Tina, a young, skinny disciple of the Zone diet. Jasmine's 16-year-old daughter Careme, also nothing like her mother, is an anorexic with a pet python, obsessed with losing her virginity. She finally meets a potential candidate who's actually attracted to her fat mother!
Nina Killham's debut novel is enjoyable only because of the occasional humor, but mostly for its mouth-watering food content, the food we all want but avoid like the plague. But reading about rich food is safe and fun: it doesn't affect the width of one's waistline! The story itself moves along smoothly until the ending, which was a bit too outrageous for me. If you're desperate to read something, anything, while waiting for a better book to become available, ok then.