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Gourmet by Muriel Barbery


Gourmet by Muriel Barbery

France's greatest food critic is dying, after a lifetime in single-minded pursuit of sensual delights. But as Pierre Arthens lies on his death bed, he is tormented by an inability to recall the most delicious food to ever pass his lips, which he ate long before becoming a critic. Desperate to taste it one more time, he looks back over the years to see if he can pin down the elusive dish. Revealing far more than his love of great food, the narration by this larger-than-life individual alternates with the voices of those closest to him and their own experiences of the man. Muriel Barbery's gifts as an evocative storyteller are put to mouth-watering use in this voluptuous and poignant meditation on food and its deeper significance in our lives. A delectable treat to savour.


An exquisite French black comedy
The Times

'A foodie's delight; just don't read it when you're hungry'
Daily Mail

'Barbery has a knack for describing food, and for evoking the physical and emotional sensations it produces'
Financial Times

'The exquisite descriptions of eating are like nothing you've read before'
Good Housekeeping

'An ode to the pleasure of good food ... mouthwatering from beginning to end'
Paris Match

About the Author

Muriel Barbery teaches philosophy. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is her second novel, which has been highly acclaimed in the press and was awarded the Prix du Rotary international 2007. Her first book, Une gourmandise (Gallimard, 2000), translated into twelve languages was published by Gallic Books as The Gourmet in September 2009.

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Publication date

17th May 2010


Muriel Barbery

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Gallic Books


144 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation



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