Where Shall We Go For Dinner? A food romance by Tamasin Day Lewis
I have just finished reading a gastronomic romance novel. Well okay, it wasn’t quite a novel and it had nothing to do with boy-girl relationships. However it was a book about a wondrous love affair with food.
Tamasin Day Lewis is a food writer whose cookbooks adorn the shelves of many here in the UK.
In this book, the author and her American fromagerie-owner partner, crossed oceans and met up in various parts of Europe and the US with each trip a journey to enjoy the finest local fare. As food people, both Tamasin and her partner have amazing local contacts who introduced them to their best kept secrets. And even if they didn’t know anyone in say, a remote village in Italy, Tamasin’s curiousity and boldness, not forgetting her selling point as a food writer, got her through many rustic kitchen doors where the chefs are most willing to divulge their wondrous recipe secrets, tips and tricks as well as a warm invitation to join them as guests for a special meal.
Along the way, Tamasin shares snippets of her relationships with her partner and her acapella-singing son. For those who are keen to try out some of the recipes, there are always a few of them at the end of each chapter to entice you into the kitchen.
I read the book mostly on my tube journeys to and from work. Not a chance at trying out recipes then, but there were some serious drool-controlling moments. Tamasin has a way of stringing words together in her stories that allows you to effectively visualise the feast that was before her.
A very delicious read indeed!