Companion of the American author and patron Gertrude Stein, Alice Toklas (1877-1967) says she devoured recipe books for a long time - and this, long before she started cooking herself.
The same way her friend was captivated by murder stories.
To tell the truth, there is a bit of that in tabletop stories.
With age, the great gourmet that was Georges Simenon takes a hatred for gastronomy.
According to him, nothing other than
“the art of accommodating, for our greatest pleasure, the lives of others”
However, Maigret's father was hardly suspect of neglecting the
"roast pork with lentils, herring fillets, shoulders of mutton and other andouillettes, quiches, miroton beef or tripe à la mode de Caen..."
simmered by Madame Maigret for her great man, himself - a bit too much - a fan of
with which he rediscovered himself at the Brasserie Dauphine
(read “Mémoires de Maigret”
After enjoying eating and telling it, Simenon flogs himself.
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