Balzac’s Omlette

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Just after 11am on 4th August 1892, the bodies of Andrew and Abby Borden are discovered.

He’s found on the sitting room sofa, she upstairs on the bedroom floor, both murdered with an axe. It is younger daughter Lizzie who is first on the scene, so it is Lizzie who the police first question, but there are others in the household with stories to tell: older sister Emma, Irish maid Bridget, the girls’ Uncle John, and a boy who knows more than anyone realises. In a dazzlingly original and chilling reimagining of this most notorious of unsolved mysteries, Sarah Schmidt opens the door to the Borden home and leads us into its murkiest corners, where jealousies, slow-brewed rivalries and the darkest of thoughts reside.

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Description

‘Tell me where you eat, what you eat, and at what time you eat, and I will tell you who you are’. This is the motto of Anka Muhlstein’s erudite and witty book about the ways food and the art of the table feature in Honore de Balzac’s writings. It is not a coincidence that Balzac was the first in French literature to tackle this appetizing topic.

Before the French Revolution, a traveller in France was apt to find local food scarce, tasteless, and of doubtful appearance. Restaurants did not even exist! Just as the art of the table became a centrepiece of French mores, Balzac used it as a connecting thread in his novels, showing how food can evoke character, atmosphere, class, and social climbing. Full of surprise and insights, “Balzac’s Omelette” invites you to taste a new French literature and cuisine.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781472240873

Author

Schmidt, Sarah

Publisher

Tinder Press

Binding

Paperback