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The whole book is an extended fantasia on the idea of taste itself. Like all the best historical novels, John Saturnall's Feast is not just a novel set in some point in history John Saturnall's Feast is the most accessible of his works. A grown-up fairy tale Fantastical architecture and weird botany are a vivid background to the bloody conflict and swooning romance. Norfolk is an expert on obscure sources as well as sauces.
I was totally wrapped up in it, reading it on planes and trains and automobiles when it really should be read in front of a roaring fire with a huge mug of claret.
Book review: John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk
It does what he has always done, which is wrap you totally into a world; utterly convincingly into that world The kitchen vocabulary is rich, and Norfolk relishes it You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. And he has done it again. The story begins in , when John Saturnall is orphaned after a series of violent events in the village of his birth.
He finds himself working in the kitchens of Buckland Manor, where his acute sense of smell serves him well, and where he encounters Lady Lucretia Fremantle, anorexic daughter of the house.
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