Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cinnamon and Gunpowder

Cinnamon and GunpowderCinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A reader's treat, as much as it is an inspiration to reluctant adventurers and food lovers alike. I found myself savoring the words, like I do when I make every bite of a delicious meal last. My two favorite quotes, the first from early in the the story:

“I now have some intimacy with death, and like the hops in a beer, it has both embittered and fortified me.”

And this achingly beautiful one from near the end:

“Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness. The angels, who know no hunger, have never been as satisfied.”

If there such a genre as the philosophical romp, this novel belongs near the top of the list.

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