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Red Burgundy Paperback – April 2, 2012
Pierced by the Sun
A gripping tale of murder and redemption by the author of Like Water for Chocolate. Learn More
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The plot appears simple, but appearances deceive. Each character has his or her own story that must be told so that we invest in their place and action within the narrative. Food itself is a major character, one that brings a verisimilitude to the action. It is possible to imagine the plated dish, taste its ingredients, and perhaps even fantasize about the aroma produced in the modern kitchen of an old French Chateau in Burgundy.
Three American couples, each with their own agenda, have come to France to experience the wine and gastronomy of Burgundy. They are housed at Chateau St.-Cloud where they attend cooking demonstrations. Stefano, a single man from Italy and two businessmen from Japan join the other actors in this drama. The late-arriving, American wife of an Italian count rounds out this group of ten, some of whom are not what they seem.
Shepherded about by Sybil, the business manager for her friend Chef Gerard Bordet, she touches the lives of all as they touch hers. Readers are treated to excursions to the local villages, wine tastings, and a surprise seduction within the group. Sybil is startled when she discovers her husband is secretly cooperating with Stefano and his boss in an attempt to purchase the Chateau as the first of many purchases to create a large wine-making conglomerate from the small and independent vintners in Burgundy.Read more ›
As the author describes her novel: "Burgundy is a lush region of France, steeped in history and immersed in wine. Imagine a cooking school in a grand château with a 3-star chef and guests from around the world, under a distant cloud of loss and betrayal. This is a story of progress vs. tradition, commerce vs. culture, the foreign and the familiar. And the possibility that if you're very lucky or very unlucky, the past may catch up with you!"
In addition to the comic, ironic, sweet and sometimes poignant intrigues taking place among the characters, we are treated to 3-star chef Gérard's culinary expertise, helped by his nephew Vincent, as they set out luscious ingredients to stem, peel, core, cut, chop, slice, rinse, pour, pound, purée, toss, tuck, blend, beat, slather, sauté, sprinkle, and whisk artfully into the finest of culinary delights. No blenders! No microwaves! No frozen fish!Read more ›
It kept my attention until the end.