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e-Book How to Cook a Tart download

e-Book How to Cook a Tart download

by Nina Killham

ISBN: 1582343047
ISBN13: 978-1582343044
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (June 11, 2003)
Pages: 256
Category: Literary
Subategory: Literature

ePub size: 1936 kb
Fb2 size: 1926 kb
DJVU size: 1906 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 606
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Everything about How to Cook a Tart, the debut novel from Washington Post food writer Nina Killham, is too much. Nina Killham has created a little insane asylum where the characters seem real, yet are quirky and funny.

Everything about How to Cook a Tart, the debut novel from Washington Post food writer Nina Killham, is too much. Its heroine, cookbook author Jasmine March, is a rotund creation, a lover of cream and butter and pork and all manner of excess. There is a dark humor and a very bizarre and twisted ending which I can see shocked a few readers expecting a light hearted mystery about a cook. I won't reveal it, just read the book and enjoy it.

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How to Cook a Tart book. Everything about How to Cook a Tart, the debut novel from Washington Post food writer Nina Killham, is too much

How to Cook a Tart book. Everything about How to Cook a Tart, the debut novel from Washington Post food writer Nina Killham, is too much. Food governs her. She's given to ruminations along these lines: "of all the herbs, Jasmine thought, basil was her soul mate. Basil was sensuous, liking to stretch out green and silky under a hot sun with its feet covered in cool soil.

How To Cook A Tart - Nina Killham. Nina Killham's painfully funny and disturbing first novel mercilessly harpoons foodies, gourmands, health freaks, dieters, and food writers with great style and deadly accuracy. A wickedly wonderful dark comedy that makes mouths water and skewers self-proclaimed gourmands, cookbook writers, and self-righteous dieters. Nina Killham's first novel is a devilish delight. How to Cook a Tart is a wicked hymn to the sensual joys of food, a classic of the tasteful genre known as gastroporn. How to Cook a Tart is gastroporn - as if Julia Child and William Burroughs had a bastard child.

Cookbook author Jasmine March's life is like a perfectly prepared béchamel-rich, satisfying, and drenched in butter. No commitment, cancel anytime.

To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. But even a great béchamel curdles sometimes. Her husband, Daniel, has taken up with one of his Zone-dieting drama students; Careme, her daughter, is bent on starving herself to death; and Jasmine's fellow foodies have had just about enough of her astronomically caloric recipes. To make matters worse, her publisher is threatening to cancel her contract. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

After all, a good cook can cook anything. Sophisticated, shameful fun: Killham, a former food writer for the Washington Post, knows how to lay a nice table and can offer a rich feast for famished readers. Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002. Killham pushes these characters off the precipice of probability when Tina is found dead in Jasmine's kitchen, a brownie stuffed in her mouth

Everything about How to Cook a Tart, the debut novel from Washington Post food writer Nina Killham, is too much. Killham pushes these characters off the precipice of probability when Tina is found dead in Jasmine's kitchen, a brownie stuffed in her mouth. This could be a rich comic stew, but though Killham has a firm grasp of cookery, she has poor control over her tone. We're never sure if what we're reading is satire or romance or grotesquerie. It doesn't help that she lifts her conclusion from Roald Dahl.

Cookbook author Jasmine March's life is like a perfectly prepared béchamel-rich, satisfying, and drenched in butter. But even a great béchamel curdles sometimes. Her husband, Daniel, has taken up with one of his Zone-dieting drama students; Careme, her daughter, is bent on starving herself to death; and Jasmine's fellow foodies have had just about enough of her astronomically caloric recipes. To make matters worse, her publisher is threatening to cancel her contract. And then there's the small matter of the dead body she finds one morning on her kitchen floor.

Filled with mouth-watering descriptions of Jasmine's creations-venison stew with Madeira and juniper berries, crispy chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese and mint-Nina Killham's smart and spirited first novel is good enough to eat.

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Deodorant for your language
One of my favorite books...although kind of racey at first, it finishes with a bang and an OH MY! I read it years ago and now bought it. Enjoyed it as much as I did the first time

August
How to Cook a Tart remains one of my favorite books of all time, I have read it three times. Nina Killham has created a little insane asylum where the characters seem real, yet are quirky and funny. There is a dark humor and a very bizarre and twisted ending which I can see shocked a few readers expecting a light hearted mystery about a cook. I won't reveal it, just read the book and enjoy it.

Yggdi
I have never laughed through a murder mystery until I read "How to Cook a Tart." The lush words and crazy characters made me salivate on every page. The book opens with a cook finding her husband's mistress bludgeoned to death in her kitchen but all she is concerned with is whether or not her special marble rolling ping (the murder weapon) was damaged! The story then goes back two months and traces the events that lead to the murder. I thought I had it figured out, but I was dead wrong. Fun until the very end. I highly recommend this comical, foodie, murder mystery.

Ionzar
This is a unique novel, with many patches of rich, beautiful writing. But best of all, it'll make you think about food in a new way. The half-a-dozen-or-so character studies here illustrate that what we choose to eat says an awful about who we are. There's a great surprise ending, too.

Pameala
The characters were portrayed excellently, and it was a brilliant satire of our skinniness-obsessed society. Excellent, but I took a star off for the morbid ending, which I could have lived without. Still, a well-executed and entertaining piece of fiction

Saberdragon
At first I thought the foodie stuff was funny but it got wayyyyy too much in the way of the story. Couldn't finish it...

Cia
FAT is the battlecry of Jasmine March, the heroine of this book. Her daughter Careme might be slender and others might be absolutely bulimic. Never you mind - FAT is the answer to healthy and satisfied living. Margarine and the likes are dirty words, products loaded with unnatural substances. And Jasmine, superb cook that she is, and blessed with an inquisitive and innovative mind, writes cook books to extol her love for FAT. Her size and weight tell her story.
Missy Cooperman, food editor, cancels her contract because Jasmine's kind of cooking just is not "in" anymore. And husband Daniel takes off with a nubile, good-looking, young thing. But then things are put to right. A TV show on cooking needs a filler to fill the time element. So here comes Jasmine, letting loose on live TV with a tirade on FAT and against skinny people who are always afraid of gaining another ounce. Success beckons. Jasmine is now famous. And things straighten out on the domestic front, too, though not in any way you would expect.
This book is a slow starter. But then it gains speed and makes the most unbelievable case for FAT you ever encountered. I should mention that the author is a food editor for the Washington Post and liberally laces her tale with food items off the most sophisticated menus (no recipes, though). Read it and enjoy. If you are overweight you will feel much better afterwards.

Cookbook author Jasmine March is a pleasant, rotund woman. "Of all the herbs, Jasmine thought, basil was her soul mate." The story begins in Jasmine's kitchen where she finds a young girl dead on her kitchen floor, a brownie stuffed in her mouth. Jasmine's main concern is the well being of her favorite rolling pin. The rest is a flashback leading up to the present with an over-the-top conclusion.
Jasmine's motto: To feast well is the best revenge. Too bad her publisher doesn't agree, feeling that Jasmine's latest cookbook had more fat content than a McDonald's deep-fryer. In a diet-obsessed world, Jasmine struggles to find a home for her unique and decadent recipes, full of rich butter creams, chocolates, sauces, everything we as a society try to avoid rather than indulge. Jasmine and her husband Daniel are pushing 40 and seemingly happy, until Daniel begins an affair with one of his acting students, Tina, a young, skinny disciple of the Zone diet. Jasmine's 16-year-old daughter Careme, also nothing like her mother, is an anorexic with a pet python, obsessed with losing her virginity. She finally meets a potential candidate who's actually attracted to her fat mother!
Nina Killham's debut novel is enjoyable only because of the occasional humor, but mostly for its mouth-watering food content, the food we all want but avoid like the plague. But reading about rich food is safe and fun: it doesn't affect the width of one's waistline! The story itself moves along smoothly until the ending, which was a bit too outrageous for me. If you're desperate to read something, anything, while waiting for a better book to become available, ok then.

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