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Appetite by Philip Kazan


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May 2013 Debut of the Month.

14th Century Florence is vibrantly and sensually brought to life in this captivating story of a chef with an extraordinary sense of taste - and the benefits and problems his gift brings him.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Appetite a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind.' - Lucinda Fountain. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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Appetite by Philip Kazan

In Florence, everyone has a passion. With sixty thousand souls inside the city, crammed into a cobweb of clattering streets, countless alleys, towers, workshops, tanneries, cloisters, churches and burial grounds, they live their lives in the narrow world between the walls. Nino Latino knows that if you want to survive without losing yourself completely, then you've got to have a passion. But Nino's greatest gift will be his greatest curse. Son of a butcher and nephew of great painter Fra Filippo Lippi, Nino can taste things that other people cannot. Every flavour, every ingredient comes alive for him as vividly as a painting and he puts his artistry to increasingly extravagent use. In an age of gluttony and conspicuous consumption, his unique talent leads him into danger. His desire for the beautiful Tessina Delmazza and his longing to create the perfect feast could prove deadly. It's not long before Nino must flee Florence if he's to save his life, and if he ever wants to see home or Tessina again, he must battle each of the deadly sins.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Appetite. You can read their reviews below.

Lucinda Fountain - 'An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind...I was swept away by the intoxicating concoction of lust, genius, deadly desires and gluttony that is darkly disturbingly magnetic...' Click here to read the full review.

Ruth Paterson - 'To put it simply, I absolutely loved “Appetite”...The author transported me back in time to a country I haven’t visited since I was at school. It details a love of Florence that is infectious.' Click here to read the full review.

Susan Walsh - 'Undoubtedly the best book I have read in a long time...A truly creative masterpiece, that will encompass you within it from the very first chapter.' Click here to read the full review.

Helen Sidebottom - Loved this book, I have never read anything which has painted a picture of life in Florence and Rome with such honesty.' Click here to read the full review.

Richard Hamlin - 'Philip Kazan’s debut is a ripping yarn in the style of the medieval chivalric romance novel...Nino’s story is endearing and uplifting and the way it’s told makes for a refreshing change from the often formulaic world of modern literature.' Click here to read the full review.

Nicola Crisp - 'The descriptions of the food are truly mouth-watering, and the preparations of the dishes are lovingly detailed...If you have a passion for fine food or art, or if you have ever wanted to go to Italy, or been there, this is the book for you.' Click here to read the full review.

Julie Bickerdyke - 'Set in 15th century Florence and Rome, Appetite brings to life the contrasting decadence of the rich and poverty of the poor. The cities are described with a depth of knowledge and feeling that expertly brings the period to life.' Click here to read the full review.

Josie Barton - 'Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace...Kazan’s narrative paints a passionate picture of undeniable greed and overwhelming ambition, in a story which lingers in the mind, long after the last page is turned.' Click here to read the full review.

Sian Spinney - 'Appetite is a book that from the first fills the mind with sensations; scents and taste explode off the page...The bustle of Florence at that time comes across in every page as does how the rich lived with descriptions of feasts aplenty...A delicious read.' Click here to read the full review.

About the Author

Philip Kazan grew up in South Devon. He studied medieval history at London University and later worked as a reader for a literary agency when he wasn't dabbling as a bike messenger, saxophonist, food critic, gardener and restaurant owner. He now lives in Devon with his wife and children.

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Publication date

9th May 2013


Philip Kazan

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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


496 pages


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