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Gourmet Rhapsody
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
From the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Pierre Athens, the greatest food critic in the world, is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Arthens has been lording it over the world?s most esteemed chefs for years, passing judgment on their creations, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim. But now, during these his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Indeed, this flamboyant and self-absorbed man desires only one thing before he dies: one last taste. Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars?relatives, lovers, a would-be protg, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about M. Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as in The Elegance of Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery?s story celebrates life?s simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.
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mirellalella86
Estasi culinarie | Muriel Barbery
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Going to read it soon...

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goodbyefrancie
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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Long day at work, peanut butter & jelly sandwich and a glass of wine for dinner. Living the dream! 🍷😊🙋‍♀️

CouronneDhiver 🤘🏽 killing it. lol 8mo
C.Perone Dinner of champions! 8mo
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Felice1
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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A complete contradiction between the stunning career as culinary critic and the failure in his personal life is the last taste he experiences before death

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Cathy_J
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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Mehso-so

I loved The Elegance of the Hedgehog so my expectations may have been a bit high. I liked the idea of the book and the structure of it with all the different perspectives. There were some excellent passages. Overall it was good but I didn't love it. The main character also discussed at length his love of raw tomatoes. I just can't relate 🚫🍅😂

Reviewsbylola This just couldn‘t compare to Hedgehog, sadly! 9mo
mcipher I just got Hedgehog from a little free library today -excited to read it (someday) soon! 9mo
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IuliaCG
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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A delicious two-hour read. The memories of tastes and the tastes of memories heat up the pages. Do not read when hungry

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Reviewsbylola
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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Who could be bigger #championsofredwine more than gourmet food critics?

I‘ll be honest, this one did nothing for me compared to The Elegance of the Hedgehog. My expectations were sky high and that led to disappointment.

#timbittunes

JulietteGF I think just the same. This book was a huge disappointment for me too. 10mo
saresmoore Ha! I just picked this up in a Little Free Library today. I guess it didn‘t meet the expectations of whoever donated it, either. 10mo
Cinfhen So weird....I saw your post earlier today @saresmoore and thought I‘d want to try this book but now I‘m removing the thought entirely 😂😂 10mo
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saresmoore @Cinfhen Right?! I don‘t blame you! 😅 10mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s not a bad book, but it‘s no Hedgehog! @saresmoore @Cinfhen 10mo
Mdargusch 🍷🍷🍷 10mo
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saresmoore
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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New day, new park, new Little Free Library find.

AmyG Winning! 10mo
Soubhiville Yay! This book is a love affair with food! If you enjoy it I also recommend 10mo
saresmoore @Soubhiville Excellent! I really liked Elegance of the Hedgehog when I read it, years ago. 10mo
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batsy This picture makes me imagine crisp, cold air...and curiosity just made me look up the temperature in your parts :) Also, excellent find! I love those Europa Editions. 10mo
saresmoore @batsy There is definitely a chill in the air, but when the clouds move away, it‘s a gorgeous day! 10mo
Linsy Looks perfect! 💕 10mo
MicheleinPhilly I have this! Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 10mo
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Purrsistently
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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#riotgrams June 23, Pink

These are the only pink books I own, clearly, I need more! Also, fun fact, Hermione here was my weddingcake topper. My husband‘s was Stitch. We thought that was more fun than the traditional kind. 😅

Liatrek Pretty picture ❤️ 1y
tammysue Beautiful pic! 🌺 1y
tracey38 Beautiful picture!🏵🌺🌸 1y
Purrsistently @Liatrek @whatshesreadingnow @tracey38 thanks! Someone gave me leftover flowers from an event that were beginning to wilt already so I lopped the blooms off and made pretty book pictures😻 1y
rather_be_reading haha love tht fun fact! 1y
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CoffeeAndABook
The Gourmet | Muriel Barbery
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⚡️These are some of my favorite covers ⚡️

#readingresolutions #coverlove

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LapReader
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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#57sGiveaway Head to @Soubhiville for the details and make a new friend. Good luck everyone.

Soubhiville Thanks for entering! Good luck! 2y
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Soubhiville
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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Mehso-so

I finished this audiobook yesterday on my way to my yoga class.

There is really no plot to speak of, but the writing is decadent. It‘s a love letter to food, as well as a story of a dying food critic and his estranged family. It‘s short, a French novel in translation.

If you love words, long, descriptive, rambling sentences, and amazing diverse food, and don‘t mind a story in which nothing really happens, this might be for you.

Lindy Yup. The food writing is what made this a pick for me. 2y
Blaire I loved elegance of the hedgehog - so think I might like this as well and I don‘t mind stories where not much happens. Good review! 2y
Soubhiville @Blaire that‘s why I picked it up. It‘s not quite as good, I thought, but still enjoyable. 2y
ApoptyGina69 I liked both Elegance and this one. I haven‘t yet read 2y
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lynneamch
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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Add these #foodie #litsycooks gems to your #TBR #ReindeerReads @jess7
In The Kitchen Daughter, Ginny focuses on cooking as a coping mechanism. Mouth-watering descriptions & recipes will draw you into this sensitive story of sisters, relationships, & a family secret. Check out the list
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/5-mouthwatering-books-joys-cooking/

http://americareads.blogspot.com/2017/11/five-top-books-about-joys-of-cooking.ht...

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AnneCecilie
The Gourmet | Muriel Barbery
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BookswithTea
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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Beautiful writing for food lovers! Not as much of a fully developed story as her other books, but a lovely read overall.

Lcsmcat I liked The Elegance of the Hedgehog better, but this was nice too. 3y
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BookswithTea
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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This book is making me drool! Such beautiful writing too... what an eloquent way to capture the joy of eating a pastry even when one is too full to do so! 😍🥐

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BookswithTea
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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I've had this one on my #TBR list ever since reading Elegance of the Hedgehog, which I loved! Hoping this one is equally good.

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MicheleinPhilly
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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Another one from the #TBR mountain for #ReadJanuary. I have a feeling I'll be picturing the food critic from Ratatouille as I read this. #foodiefiction

TriniCapini Loved her other one and heard this one is great too. 3y
MicheleinPhilly I also have Elegance of the Hedgehog on my TBR mountain. 😬 3y
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Simona
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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The Gourmet Rhapsody is debut novel and story focuses on another resident of the Rue de Grenellle apartment (the same building as in Elegance of the Hedgehog).Pierre Arthhens is a food critic, very articulate, unpleasant man on the deathbed and he is in search through his memories to find the ultimate flavor, taste that gives him the most pleasure. He describes his own life through taste with reach and lush descriptions of food, aromas and smells.

Cinfhen Pretty photo 🎀 3y
Simona @Cinfhen Thank you 🙏 3y
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LeahBergen Beautiful pic! 3y
Simona @LeahBergen Thank you 🙏 3y
Simona Vanilla French toast and honey with cranberries, grated apple with cinnamon and fruits tea with dried cherries. 3y
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CoffeeAndABook
The Gourmet | Muriel Barbery
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A new morning- a new month - a new book! This slim beauty has been sitting on my shelf literally for years! I got it after I enjoyed THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG so much & then simply never felt it's the right moment for this book. Sometimes I like to keep books around to savor the anticipation of a special delight 💎
And now after a kind of flat reading spell I think I'm ready for an exquisite treat 🎈📚🍁🍾
#mostanticipatedreads #booktober

Laalaleighh I did this with the secret history. 3y
Tav My partner will love this book! Adding to the list of xmas presents to buy him! 3y
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Little_Reader
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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If you love food writing, you'll love this novella. A food critic suddenly learn he has a short time before he dies. Will he regret the choices he's made regarding friends and family or the foods he's chosen to eat?

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szainabwilliams
The Gourmet | Muriel Barbery
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A sumptuous quick read. I want to eat this book thanks to the descriptions of the delicacies food critic Pierre Arthens recalls on his deathbed, searching for the one flavor that would bring meaning to his fleeting life. He's a horrid person, a philanderer and worse. But I don't hate this book.

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Lindy
Gourmet Rhapsody | Muriel Barbery
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This short novel about a restaurant critic longing for just the right taste before he dies is all about food. Since I've already used that square, I'll count this for "protagonist over 50." If there was a square for "made you salivate while reading" this would be perfect. #translation

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