John Saturnall's Feast

John Saturnall's Feast

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A beautiful, rich and sensuous historical novel, John Saturnall's Feast tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house, and rises through the ranks to become the greatest Cook of his generation. It is a story of food, star-crossed lovers, ancient myths and one boy's rise from outcast to hero.

Orphaned when his mother dies of starvation, having been cast out of her village as a witch, John is taken in at the kitchens at Buckland Manor, where he quickly rises from kitchen-boy to Cook, and is known for his uniquely keen palate and natural cooking ability. However, he quickly gets on the wrong side of Lady Lucretia, the aristocratic daughter of the Lord of the Manor. In order to inherit the estate, Lucretia must wed, but her fianc#65533; is an arrogant buffoon. When Lucretia takes on a vow of hunger until her father calls off her engagement to her insipid husband-to-be, it falls to John to try to cook her delicious foods that might tempt her to break her fast.

Reminiscent of Wolf Hall and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell , John Saturnall's Feast is a brilliant work and a delight for all the senses.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780802120519
0802120512
Characteristics: 410 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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icebison
Jan 28, 2016

the book john saturnall's feast wow the book

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rmore
Jan 26, 2016

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multcolib_alisonk Apr 24, 2014

Food industry workers - you think you have it bad? Try working your way up from dishwasher to head chef - in the middle ages. Complete with recipes, but please leave the squirrels alone.

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diggie
Nov 29, 2013

maybe you think you already understand the connection between alchemy and cooking. john saturnall could tell you a lot more.

hgeng63 Sep 19, 2012

Lush, scrumptious writing but undeveloped plot, esp. between hero & heroine.

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maven
Sep 16, 2012

Just not my thing. I couldn't get into it, so I gave up before I got very far.

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