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"Care and Management of Lies"; a historical novel with a strong food theme

DGresh Jul 10, 2014 11:11 AM

I'm reading a historical novel set during WWI and it has a most wonderful food theme running through it. A young wife is left to tend the farm in England while her husband is in the trenches. She writes long letters to him describing the (mostly imaginary) meals she is cooking for him, with inventive uses of herbs, stored fruits and vegetables, meats, etc. She is something of an untrained genius at finding unusual combinations of flavors, and her stories are treasured and shared with the other men on the front line, while they suffer their army rations.


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  1. tcamp RE: DGresh Jul 10, 2014 11:58 AM

    Sounds great, thanks. I've put on hold at the library.

    I just finished The Hundred Foot Journey, recommended here, in advance of the movie version release. Who knew CH would be such good source of book recs?

    1. buttertart RE: DGresh Jul 12, 2014 07:53 AM

      Jacqueline Winspear's other books are very good too.

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        DGresh RE: buttertart Jul 12, 2014 07:55 AM

        yes I've read them all.

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