A celebration of the senses: what Patrick Suskind's Perfume did for scents, this does for flavours. A love story which will also appeal to fans of Joanne Harris' CHOCOLAT ... The ultimate foodie version of Perfume, this is an addictive page-turner filled with lavish literary gastro-porn. -- Viv Groskop RED Kazan's rich, sensuous prose is always a pleasure. SUNDAY TIMES APPETITE by Philip Kazan has had me salivating. Yes Kazan writes good food ... [Florence] is wonderfully evoked ... Delicious stuff. BIG ISSUE Ambitious and engrossing ... a novel of exceptional energy and colour BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE Kazan brings medieval Italy to life with an astonishing degree of historical detail. Appetite has the vivid colours of Tracy Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring and the sharp odours of Patrick Suskind's Perfume ... Readers will certainly come away with an appetite for more. WE LOVE THIS BOOK Intense, sprawling and most convincing SYDNEY MORNING HERALD A delicious and mouth-watering read, this is a novel which engages all the senses. NEW BOOKS MAGAZINE
Philip Kazan is an informed historian, a passionate cook and a keen traveller. He brings real gusto and humanity to his writing.
In Florence, everyone has a passion. With 60,000 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 Latini 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. 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 extravagant 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. Nino must flee Florence to save his life and if he ever wants to see his beloved again, he must entrust himself entirely to the tender mercies of fortune.