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Author:
Harry Kressing
ISBN13:
978-0552991544
ISBN:
0552991546
Language:
Publisher:
Black Swan; New Ed edition (1985)
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Subcategory:
Contemporary
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1988 kb
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1418 kb
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Rating:
4.4
Votes:
791

The Cook opens with Conrad, nearly seven feet tall, gaunt, and dressed all in black, arriving on his bicycle in the town of Cobb. He quickly secures a job as cook for the wealthy Hill family, winning their hearts and stomachs with his delectable dishes, and before long he has everyone around him eating out of his hand. A mouth-watering blend of delicious black humor and Kafkaesque horror story, The Cook (1965) is a dark fable "beginning in a vein of innocent fairy tale and ending with satanic revels" (The Observer).

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I first came across it in 1988 (I think) when it was published by Black Swan and I was intrigued by both the synopsis on the back cover and the book cover itself. The only point of contention about this book is that Harry Kressing is a pseudonym. Allegedly, Kressing wrote a second novel, but no-one seems able to identify it, so he will remain an anonymous one-novel wonder.

Wigton were well founded: Mrs. Hill could make no progress with her; she simply refused to have anything to do with setting a table rs. Hill; it’s just that I’m supposed to be a housekeeper-I’m paid to be a housekeeper-and setting a table is not part of a housekeeper’s duties. And that, for all practical purposes, was that, because, as Mrs. Hill reported to Conrad: .. she said I could fire her if I wanted to. But she wouldn’t do Betsy’s work. Conrad replied, We just might do that to.

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I first read Harry Kressing's "The Cook" in 1965, when it was first published. It delighted my rather dark teenage sensibilities. It is the sinister tale of a gaunt, enormously tall cook named Conrad Venn who appears one day in Cobb, a community riven by decades of rivalry between two wealthy families, the Hills and the Vales. Gradually, he insinuates himself into the good graces of the Hills, for whom he cooks wonderful dishes and presents sophisticated soirees beyond their provincial imaginings

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A mouth-watering blend of delicious black humor and Kafkaesque horror story, The Cook (1965) is a dark fable "beginning in a vein of innocent fairy tale and ending with satanic revels" (The Observer).

The mysterious Conrad casts a diabolical spell over the Hills and the Vales, the town's two wealthy families, until the masters become his servants
  • This grim fairy tale for adults follows the path of Conrad, the sinister chef who has plans afoot that aren't all as they appear from first glance.
    A darkly humorous tale of food and gluttony, you have to admire the skills Conrad executes to reach his ultimate goal.
    I awarded three stars because although I admire the writing and the clever plot I can't say with all honesty I enjoyed this overly much.

  • This is a delicious nugget of a fairy tale. Like the Cook in the title, it draws the reader in, slowly, meal by meal, adding a pinch of seasoning here and there until you've gorged without realizing it.

    This is the story of Conrad, a cook from the City who transforms the lives of the rural but wealthy Hills and Vales with pure, gastronomic hedonism. It is the story of flattery, manipulation and sociopathy writ with a healthy touch of the Grimm Brothers and magic.

    Only Conrad could be more vague than I've been in these brief words.

    Read it. Savour it. Then wish you knew who Harry Kressing (a pseudonym) was and want only more. Like Conrad would want you to...

  • For anyone who loves cooking or who is interested in psychology and sinsiter plots, I highly recommend this book. For anyone who has worked in the service industry, catering for the excessively rich and snobby, this book is a delightful fantasy where the clever and hard-working cook turns the tables and soon has the boss for his butler. All the little details about cooking, the kitchen, the cookbooks (even a cookbook for cats!), the hunting and the shopping give a wonderful glimpse into what running an old manor kitchen might have been like.

    In this age of gluten-free, vegan, paleo-diets and allergies for every imaginable food, The Cook also offers a parallel with every character's special needs being catered to with the ease and flourish of a very accomplished chef. It is one of those books you just can't put down, but with its 244 pages it is a quick read. You can't truly call yourself a foodie if you haven't read The Cook.

  • Very unusual storyline, but it will keep your interest.

  • Well written. A stark and deeply dark story.

  • Read back in the 60s. Loved it then, love it now. Highly recommended!

  • Read it when first published. Looking forward to a much anticipated reread.

  • One of the weirdest books I ever read. I liked it. Really captured me.