From Maylis de Kerangal, the acclaimed author of The Heart, comes The Cook, a riveting dissection of the world of a gifted self-taught chef, a skinny man named Mauro who is both passionate about his work and full of questions about its meaning. The narrator is an unnamed young woman who may well be in love with Mauro. She tells his story with stark simplicity, covering his family life, his first forays in the kitchen, his restaurant jobs, his culinary triumphs, a nervous collapse, and much more.
Set not only in Paris but also in Berlin, Thailand, & other far-flung places over the course of 15 years, The Cook is an exquisitely hyperrealistic conjuring of moods, sensations, flavors & truths.
"A slim, bountiful, beautifully written (and gorgeously translated) 'Portrait of the Chef as a Young Man.'" (The New York Times Book Review)