The Cook by Maylis de Kerangal audiobook

The Cook: A Novel

By Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Sam Taylor
Read by Carly Robins

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2.13 Hours Unabridged
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One of BBC Culture's Ten Books to Read this March and The Rumpus Book Club Pick for March Maylis de Kerangal follows up her acclaimed novel The Heart with a dissection of the world of a young Parisian chef More like a poetic biographical essay on a fictional person than a novel, The Cook is a coming-of-age journey centered on Mauro, a young self-taught cook. The story is told by an unnamed female narrator, Mauro’s friend and disciple who we also suspect might be in love with him. Set not only in Paris but in Berlin, Thailand, Burma, and other far-flung places over the course of fifteen years, the book is hyperrealistic―to the point of feeling, at times, like a documentary. It transcends this simplistic form, however, through the lyricism and intensely vivid evocative nature of Maylis de Kerangal’s prose, which conjures moods, sensations, and flavors, as well as the exhausting rigor and sometimes violent abuses of kitchen work. In The Cook, we follow Mauro as he finds his path in life: baking cakes as a child; cooking for his friends as a teenager; a series of studies, jobs, and travels; a failed love affair; a successful business; a virtual nervous breakdown; and―at the end―a rediscovery of his hunger for cooking, his appetite for life.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

One of BBC Culture's Ten Books to Read this March and The Rumpus Book Club Pick for March

Maylis de Kerangal follows up her acclaimed novel The Heart with a dissection of the world of a young Parisian chef

More like a poetic biographical essay on a fictional person than a novel, The Cook is a coming-of-age journey centered on Mauro, a young self-taught cook. The story is told by an unnamed female narrator, Mauro’s friend and disciple who we also suspect might be in love with him. Set not only in Paris but in Berlin, Thailand, Burma, and other far-flung places over the course of fifteen years, the book is hyperrealistic―to the point of feeling, at times, like a documentary. It transcends this simplistic form, however, through the lyricism and intensely vivid evocative nature of Maylis de Kerangal’s prose, which conjures moods, sensations, and flavors, as well as the exhausting rigor and sometimes violent abuses of kitchen work.

In The Cook, we follow Mauro as he finds his path in life: baking cakes as a child; cooking for his friends as a teenager; a series of studies, jobs, and travels; a failed love affair; a successful business; a virtual nervous breakdown; and―at the end―a rediscovery of his hunger for cooking, his appetite for life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A bountiful, beautiful novel about a young chef whose talent nurtures others but provokes his own isolation.” New York Times Book Review
“Superb…An antidote to the bravado of kitchen confidentials and to the rise of celebrity chefs, the book is restrained, private, and careful.” New Yorker
“This short book, beautifully translated by Sam Taylor, reads like a prose poem…de Kerangal’s food writing is incantatory, the accumulation of minutiae hypnotic.” Wall Street Journal
“Inventive, delicate, unpretentious…As the artist emerges, The Cook intrigues, entices, and ultimately satisfies.” BBC Culture
“A beautifully delineated character study…[and] a perceptive meditation on the meaning of work itself…done brilliantly. Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author Bio: Maylis de Kerangal

Author Bio: Maylis de Kerangal

Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French. In 2014 Réparer les vivants was published to wide acclaim and won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Student Choice Novel of the Year from France Culture and Télérama. Its English translation, The Heart, was one of the Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Fiction Works of 2016 and was the winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize. She lives in Paris, France.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 2.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English