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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Samper's Delicious Present Feb. 15 2007
By George Oppel - Published on
Format: Paperback
Yes, Samper is back, cooking up delectable dishes that tend to explode delightfully in his own face. This book is just as funny as "Cooking With Fernet," though if anything the satire is angrier, more focused. We meet Millie Cleat, the "one-armed old sea bitch" whose megalomania is a wondrous match for Samper's, and who (like Samper) has a gift for hoisting herself with her own petard. There are times when Samper comes dangerously close to being a three-dimensional character, but fortunately his penchant for awful puns, double entendres, and lewd anagrams saves him from this unwelcome fate. He remains a rootless hedonist who makes a crust by writing celebrity biographies and who even convinces himself that "in default of any serious alternative ... lotus eating is definitely the way forward." Ever the survivor, he moves from one disgraceful episode to the next, his adventures all alike in being completely devoid of significance. And in his wake you can hear the grateful laughter of his readers.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Samper is back! Nov. 16 2006
By justin - Published on
Format: Paperback
and he gets into the most ridiculous situations. It is still laugh out loud and read out loud funny. Less cooking than in "Cooking with Fernet Branca" - perhaps there are a limited number of gut wrenching culinary combinations even the fertile imagination of Hamilton-Paterson can dream up? I have to say, I did miss Marta. Sometimes the solid pages of Samper reflection got to be too rich, like gorging on hunting dog pate.

I got the feeling at the end that perhaps Samper still has some legs for further books, and if that happens I'll make some time and space, pretend that I've flown to a safe distance from "TV Cheffies" and all things mundane, and savor the further adventures of this most unusual character.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Where is Fernet Branca? July 28 2010
By Sparkle - Published on
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Gerry Samper, our beloved self-important, singer, fence builder, chef, writer extraordinaire is back. He is still living in Italy, ghosting biographies and singing at the top of his lungs. However, Marta is gone and he is no longer "Cooking With Fernet Branca".

Gerry's subject this time is Mille, a one armed, grandmother sailor that lets a little fame from her sailing expeditions go to her head. This book does have its funny moments and some clever quirkiness, but the relationships in this book lack the spice and antagonism that Gerry & Marta had that made the first book in this series so laugh out loud funny. ,

I really enjoy Paterson's writing style and I'm glad I read this book. He is clever and smart. I hope though, if there is a third book in this series, he can bring back the love-hate dynamic he executed so well in "Cooking With Fernet Branca".
Entertainment Plus!!! June 24 2013
By Michael E. Nader - Published on
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The second volume of the trilogy, just as funny as the first one, and just as funny as the last one. The author notes that with North American guys and gals getting pierced and tattooed all over, the National Geographic magazine no longer needs to send photographers to Papua, New Guinea, to see such people, they are right here at home, a new Stone Age people, right here in the West.
More Good Humour March 18 2013
By Chris - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed my second immersion into the world this ghost-writer. Still fresh, with many laughs, and enjoyable to have some of the characters from Cooking with Fernet Branca re-appear. I shall explore some of his other titles, some of which sound more serious. Thank you Mr. Hamilton-Paterson

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