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The Chef by Martin Suter
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Martin Suter is Switzerland’s most famous author and this book has been a bestseller all over Europe. Maravan is a Sri Lankan immigrant, a master of cooking and flavour, who is employed in a Michelin starred restaurant – to wash dishes. When he and a waitress with whom he’s fallen in love are let go they embark on a strange new business – cooking sensual meals for couples guaranteed to seduce – which soon leads them on a much darker path than they imagined. Intriguing and likely to make your mouth water.

If you like Martin Suter you might also like to read books by Aravind Adiga, Herman Koch and Rose Tremain.

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Synopsis

The Chef by Martin Suter

As the financial crisis tightens its grip on Europe, the gilded world of Zurich's leading restaurant, Chez Huwyler, seems immune to plunging stock markets and collapsing banks. But behind the scenes, even the rarefied world of haute cuisine is feeling the bite and so Maravan - a Tamil dishwasher and undiscovered culinary genius - and Andrea - a stunningly beautiful waitress - find themselves out of a job and needing to find another way to survive. After Maravan seduces Andrea by cooking her a dinner that fuses the aphrodisiac recipes of his ancestors with the necromancy of molecular gastronomy, Andrea hits upon a business idea: romantic catering for couples. But even culinary magic can't ward off recession and when their new company begins to struggle, they are forced to enter into a much more unsavoury business, plunging them deep into an underworld where murder and sex feed otherwise unquenchable thirsts...

Reviews

Sex, spices and arms dealing: such is the recipe - perfectly executed - cooked up by Martin Suter --Le Monde

Martin Suter's take on the culinary is as full of mystery as a crime story, only more exotic and more erotic --Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Martin Suter reaches a huge readership with his novels. He writes exciting, almost cinematic stories and grabs his readers with tight, refined plots --Der Spiegel


About the Author

Martin Suter was born in Zurich in 1948. His novels have enjoyed huge international success and have been published in twenty-nine languages. He is married and, with his family, he spends his time between Spain and Guatemala.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th August 2014

Author

Martin Suter

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780857892935

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