• Title: Confessions of a Gourmand, or How to Cook a Dragon
  • Author: Tom Bruno
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Confessions of a Gourmand or How to Cook a Dragon Van d Allamitri is destined to become the most famous chef in all of the Three Continents if only he can survive his childhood first Son of a Shan li restaurateur and a far trader from the great merch
    Van d Allamitri is destined to become the most famous chef in all of the Three Continents if only he can survive his childhood first Son of a Shan li restaurateur and a far trader from the great merchant city of Varo, young Van proves to be a natural talent in the kitchen, transforming the simplest of ingredients into delicious meals capable of enchanting the hearts ofVan d Allamitri is destined to become the most famous chef in all of the Three Continents if only he can survive his childhood first Son of a Shan li restaurateur and a far trader from the great merchant city of Varo, young Van proves to be a natural talent in the kitchen, transforming the simplest of ingredients into delicious meals capable of enchanting the hearts of those who eat them But when disaster strikes and the hated Varonians invade his sleepy home village, Van must choose between honoring the culinary traditions of his mother and following in the footsteps of his cosmopolitan but ne er do well father.Armed with his trusty chef s knife and an enchanted wok containing the trapped soul of his ancestor, Van will cook many meals and face many dangers from treacherous slavers and bloodthirsty mercenaries to the Gorgon Queens of Chocolate and their terrible reptilian pets all the while unraveling the mystery of his father s past and setting into motion an explosive confrontation between his people and a powerful empire Confessions of a Gourmand is a novel about family, fantasy, and food set in a deliciously imagined world where dragons are not only real, but on the menu as well.

    One Reply to “Confessions of a Gourmand, or How to Cook a Dragon”

    1. 4.5Most famous chef in the known world and his autobiography ends at 17? I'm just askin' 'cause, you know, seems maybe something got left out. No really, he's writing this history as an 'old man' but it only covers birth to 17. Where are the next, oh, 50-80 years? Ok, I'm being overly critical and maybe a little priggish, but I've got a point right?Now about those first 17 yearsey're pretty awesome. In the tradition of epic tales everywhere, Vin manages to heroically be in the right place at the [...]

    2. Here's what I love about Tom Bruno's "Woks and Swords and Sorcery" novel, Confessions of a Gourmand or, How to Cook a Dragon (henceforth called "Confessions" for brevity's sake): It defines the promise that can be found in self published novels.What to wear for this novel: blue jeans, a white shirt, hiking boots(as you will be doing some traveling), a clean, heavy chef's apron (to catch all the blood spatters), and (of course) a chef's hat.If this book were an animal; I don't know what kind of a [...]

    3. A fantasy novel told via a journey through cuisine? How unusual, and as it turns out, delicious. Van d'Allamitri's passion for food pervades every page, and his powerful enthusiasm for new recipes and different cuisines is a considerable, and perhaps surprisingly believable driving force for the character and for the story. Van's life is an exciting one, even from a young age. A chef of considerable skill before the age of ten, Van's gift for food delights all who come into contact with him. But [...]

    4. Grade: BL/C Ratio: 40/60(This means I estimate the author devoted 40% of his effort to creating a literary work of art and 60% of his effort to creating a commercial bestseller.)Thematic Breakdown:40% - Fantasy adventure30% - Food and cooking20% - Family10% - RomanceI rarely venture into the land of fantasy books, but in the case of Bruno's Confessions of a Gourmand, I could not resist. What drew me in was the promise that the novel's world would be built not on kingdoms or magic or medieval war [...]

    5. Inventive world and cuisine, but merely sufficient proseUsing a chef as protagonist of the hero's journey is novel and creative, which is what kept me reading. The fantasy world is rich and detailed, with just enough Earth references to make make it seem simultaneously foreign and familiar. Sadly there was nothing much memorable in the plotting or prose and far too much reliance on happenstance to advance the plot. The retrospective travelogue style both helped and hurt: the older voice imparted [...]

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