The next of my reading list books! Such a fascinating and compelling read – one that resparked my interest in vintage and historical cookbooks!
Lawrence Norfolk’s novel I read in one go – I just couldn’t put it down. His newest work may be his most accessible but its descriptions are no less rich and his subject, while a fantastical fairy-tale of 17th century England, deals with complex characters, situations and relationships. John Saturnall’s ‘demon’ – his acute sense of smell is the mechanism for his rise from destitute circumstances. Ultimately John is consumed by the desire to discover the truth of what happened, both to his mother during her time at Buckland Manor and to his ancestors – the creators of the Saturnall feast that John is determined to recreate. Norfolk’s descriptions of ancient dishes are enchanting and never fail to make me hungry! The novel’s political and religious overtones are masterly interwoven in order to not overwhelm the mythological aspects of the story. One of my new favourites!