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Little Culinary Triumphs (Paperback)
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Despite the beautiful writing, I wasn’t sure I was going to like Little Culinary Triumphs. The novel quickly introduces a number of unlikeable and myopic characters. Had I not been trapped on an airplane with no other book, I might well have given up. I’m so glad I didn’t. It shouldn’t have worked- these characters don’t grow because they see the errors in their selfish ways, but rather because they each act as foil to the other’s selfish plans. What promises to be a snapshot of human apathy somehow becomes exactly the opposite, and it is delightful.— From Brenna's Picks
Set in the storied Parisian quarter of Montmarte, this heartwarming, comic tale is a must for foodies, Francophiles, and lovers of a good story well told.
Made famous by artists, writers, and bon vivants of every ilk, Montmartre has been the stomping ground for bohemian celebrities through the ages and a neighborhood synonymous with transgression and innovation. Today, it is a bustling multiethnic neighborhood where cultures, cuisines, the past and the future of Europe cohabitate and collide. Here in this vibrant community, in Pujol's charming English-language debut, a cast of endearing characters fall into increasingly comic situations as they seek to follow their often-outrageous dreams.
Sandrine works as a functionary in an employment office, but there is a lot more to her than one might suspect from her job description. With a volcanic personality and an imagination to match it, she is also a world-class cook who is waiting for the right occasion to realize her dream of opening a restaurant of her own.
With a master plan that one could only describe as Machiavellian, Sandrine ropes Antoine, an unemployed professor looking for a fresh start, into her venture. A carousel of extravagant characters follows: the giant Senegalese man, Toussaint N'Diaye; the magical chef, Vairam; the extravagantly flatulent Alsatian, Schmutz and his twelve-year-old daughter Juliette--IQ 172 ; the alluring psychologist and Kama Sutra specialist, Annabelle Villemin-Dubreuil.
Plans for the restaurant proceed smoothly until Sandrine discovers a shady newspaper operation next-door that leads her to a sinister magnate manipulating the Parisian news outlets.