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The Pipe Organ (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn, uMy second time reading this book I both enjoyed it and also saw of its flaws I loved the 17th century kitchen seeing how things were prepared and following John s journey through the ranks through the war making his wayMy criticisms would be that the story is too good for characters sonder developed I wanted to know about John and Philip and Gemma and Lucretia they were fleshed out but only to a certain point only so far as their roles in the story "needed them to be it felt There were also plot points that " them to be it felt There were also plot points that t resolve in a satisfactory way the book the previous cook John s travels once he left the manor Things felt either truncated or tacked on and left me wishing for something deeperAll that said I still give it 4 stars because I loved the style the recipes the idea of the feast and certain parts of the story ite a lot Was glad to read it again This book had all of the elements that I love in historical fiction the most important being that as I read the story I felt like I was there in the 17th century kitchen beside John watching him and all of the other workers prepare the food I love it when I become so engrossed in a story that I feel I am right there with the characters and Norfolk does a wonderful job of bringing this story to lifeEach chapter begins with a recipe written by John that he prepared for the feasts They were fun to read and the descriptions of the food prepared throughout the book were some of the best I have ever read and I have read a lot of books about food It was interesting to read about how the kitchens "were run in a large manor and all of the different there "run in a large manor and all of the different jobs to do The other part of the book I enjoyed was the love story between John and Lady Lucretia Both characters were strong and likable and they had lots of chemistry together which made the book all the enjoyable This is a great book for any historical fiction fan It is beautifully written complex and has a rich setting full of interesting characters I am very glad that I picked this one to read I think it will be on my list of favorite books of the year Lawrence Norfolk s elegantly written JOHN SATURNALL S FEAST is tterlycaptivating An interest in history or the 17th century is not necessary tobecome completely swept away by the story a testament to Norfolk s magicOne needs only a desire to read a beautifully constructed story of a boy whodesperately struggles to stay alive in his young life He is the boy whoemerges from a tragedy in ancient woods only to be thrown into the kitchenof Buckland Manor where he must earn the right to se his talent We cheerhim on as he labours to become the greatest chef to create the mostcomplicated and magnificent dish to ove. A beautiful rich and sensuous historical novel John Saturnall's Feast tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house and rises through the ranks to become the greatest Cook of his generation It is a story of food star crossed lovers ancient myths and one boy's rise from outcast to heroOrphaned when his mother dies of starvation having. ,
Rsee the most important feast JohnSaturnall is the "boy who becomes a man in the face of another struggle forthe love a forbidden woman and their "who becomes a man in "the face of another struggle forthe love a forbidden woman and their amidst his enemies and "face of another struggle forthe love a forbidden woman and their amidst his enemies and backdrop of theCivil WarThis is an artful carefully wrought novel The extraordinarydescriptiveness on each page is a joy Each character is authentic Norfolkhas written a book that lingers and enthrals John Saturnall s Feast is set near the start of the English Civil War John is the child of a woman who is a sort of outcast an herbalist and midwife she lives on the outskirts of the village and doesn t go to church Of course this means she is thought of as a witch When a plague runs through the village she is blamed and they are run out of town They take p living in a deserted house in the woods living on late season fruit and chestnuts She is dying of both starvation and disease but before she dies she teaches John to read from a book about a strange feast held in Buccla s Wood It encompasses every form of food fish fowl vegetables sweets mammals are all included and the feast is for everyone not just the rich as is the way of the land at the time At her wish after her death he is taken to Buckland Manor where he is put to work in the vast kitchens John s life changes totally Used to being alone or with only a couple of people he is now constantly pressed by people on all sides He works every minute of the long day and falls directly into a sleep that never seems to be long enough Still given the time and place it s a good situation Food is abundant here he s living inside and after awhile he gets to learn cooking He s in a better place than a lot of peopleThis is primarily a love story a love that crosses classes and is forbidden preserving estates and titles takes precedence over love It s also an adventure story the kitchen staff marched with the lord of the manor when he went to war supporting King Charles and they were expected to fight with the soldiers I liked "THE CHARACTERS THEY ARE NOT LIKABLE ALL THE TIME " characters They are not likable all the time do stupid human things sometimes But in the end it s a story about food We might think that cooking back in those days was fairly primitive but it wasn t It was actually very sophisticated One of the culinary trends back then was to create dishes that looked like something else parts of animals and birds sewn together to create a mythical beast meat in pastry to look like a bird sugar creations in the shape of just about anything Cooks vied to create the most elaborate and surprising dishes a sort of Iron Chef Stuarts edition Most of the year the diet was rich and varied the manor supplied fish from its own ponds poultry eggs dairy products pork honey wheat fruit. Been cast out of her village as a witch John is taken in at the kitchens at Buckland Manor where he Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness: A Proactive Guide to the Psychology of Motivation uickly rises from kitchen boy to Cook and is known for hisniuely keen palate and natural cooking ability However he ickly gets on the wrong side of Lady Lucretia the aristocratic daughter of the Lord of the Manor In order to inherit the estate Lucretia must wed bu. John Saturnall's Feast

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And vegetables they did eat their sallets and much was for winter A stable trade system meant the pper classes enjoyed sugar and spices The sheer amount of person it took to feed a manor was incredible most workers were specialists turning the spits in the kitchen washing the endless stream of dirty dishes plucking fowl managing the fish ponds the dove cote the hen houses the spice room making the salads cutting Their Reluctant Submissive (Knights in Black Leather, up the meat and all those people had to be fed too You can see how a book can be created around a kitchen of the era The food and John s relationship to it and how heses it to speak to the lady of the manor is lovingly detailed much so really than the peopleFood was not always plentiful however It was easy to starve back then The stark difference between the incredible plenty of the start of the story versus what they have to deal with when the Roundhead soldiers steal the food from the manor and destroy what they cannot take shows how dramatically life can change John falls back on how he and his mother lived in the woods and on what he learned from the book of the Feast He is the hero of the tale for all the people living on the manor What the Feast was is never made clear It s like a myth of a Golden Age when all were euals and food was plentiful Was it a pagan community that had existed in the woods before Christians arrived Was it a myth to comfort the reader a dream to hold onto Did it have a direct bearing on John s ancestors Was the book a semi magical teaching aid that allowed John to excel in the manor kitchens later In the end it doesn t matter It allowed John to hold on and to save the manor John Saturnall s Feast is a story of cycles and renewals both earthly as the wheel of the year turns and spiritually as human hope and happiness comes Ethics Playbook up again and again Kings raise their Statues and Churchmen build Cathedrals A Cook leaves no Monument save Crumbs His rarest Creations are scraped by Scullions His greatest Dishes are destined for the Dung heap John Saturnall s Feast is a witch s brew of a novelWith its plenitude of culinary adventures and the mystery of the fatherhood it lies somewhere between Wilhelm Hauff s fairytale Dwarf Long Nose and Theincunx by Charles PalliserAlso it is a story of the forbidden love The forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge was the only dish that Eve served Adam But their enemies "CAME HIS MOTHER CONTINUED THEY WORSHIPPED A DIFFERENT GOD "his mother continued They worshipped a different god jealous god His priests called him Jehovah They condemned Saturnus as a false idol who had led his people into sin Their amity was lust the priests said Their ease was sloth The Feast was greed So now it s time to reclaim amity ease joy and Feast. T her fiance is an arrogant buffoon When Lucretia takes on a vow of hunger ntil her father calls off her engagement to her insipid husband to be it falls to John to try to cook her delicious foods that might tempt her to break her fastReminiscent of Wolf Hall and Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell John Saturnall's Feast is a brilliant work and a delight for all the sense. ,