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Jul 10, 2014 11:11 AM

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

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. 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?

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    1. re: tcamp

      I am almost finished with the Hundred Foot Journey. It is an enjoyable book. I'm kind of amazed how much it feels like an actual autobiography. I guess that comes from the author being a journalist. It just has that "factual" tone.

    2. Jacqueline Winspear's other books are very good too.

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