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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1st Edition edition (Dec 11 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676973094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676973099
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NorthVan Dave on Oct. 30 2006
Format: Paperback
This was a good book to read. It blurs that line between fact and fiction just enough that you are, at times left scratching your head trying to determine what's real and what isn't. Plus, for those of you who live in the Vancouver area, there are enough references to local landmarks that you'll feel right at home. Throw in a dash of mystery and excitement, and you have the makings of a great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23 2002
Format: Hardcover
Anyone interested in cooking should read this book. The back-of-house descriptions are interesting in the same way as 'Kitchen Confidential'. The bonus is that there is a murder mystery embedded in this book. The Bloods and Crips thing is very interesting, as is the startup of a big-time gourmet resturant.
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The book is definitely used and in fair to above fair in terms of condition. It is a good story, though, and I have read it some years ago and enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Schmadrian TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 5 2009
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...but some of its elements fiddle around a bit too much with the old taste buds.

The bulk of Taylor's first effort is assured, rich, with touches of flair you should expect from a rookie. He is, as I am wont to say, a writer's writer through about 80% of the book. You know you're in the hands of someone who sets his heights high, and for the most part, attains these altitudes. Indeed, it's a joy to be along for the journey.

However, at several points, he goes entirely off the rails, or, to maintain the culinary theme, mixes up his courses, gets distracted with ingredients he probably should have left on the shelf, and serves up something tepid.

I was not satisfied with how he intertwined the narrative threads. I didn't like the elements that were left unresolved. And mostly, I thought the pronounced style change at the novel's conclusion was...well...tepid.

I've given it such a high mark mostly because I appreciated his verve, his deft touch, and the fact that he made me want to consume what he had been concocting.

This is a far better book than his sophomore effort, and makes me look forward all the more to his third publication.

Can I have the cheque, please...?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Johnston on Sept. 8 2009
Format: Paperback
Stanley Park has gotten a great deal of praise for it's social relevance and writing. I'm not going to add to that. Frankly it strikes me as the work of a short story author who isn't comfortable writing in novel length. There's cleverness here, no question. His first restaurant, "The Monkey's Paw" for example is what he's wished for, but has turned into a curse. But there's also a failure to follow through on plot elements, a tendency to pad scenes with excerpts from the menus, and a distinct tinge of self-righteous arrogance. And frankly while the description of the financial woes of a failing restauranteur are excellent, the look at homelessness struck me as, at best superficial and the discussion of the underpinnings of the protagonists local food ideology wasn't much deeper.
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This first book should not only appeal to Canadian fiction readers, but thoughtful and socially-conscious North American students worried about the impact of the globalizing political economy upon everyday life in advanced industrial and over-industrialized societies like the United States and Canada as well. The settings of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park provide the lived contexts for critically examining local-global dynamics influencing urban development and the political economy of food while compelling us to see what the latest twists and turns of globalizing capitalism are doing to us, our bodies, social relationships, and our relations with nature mediated through food.

Young Jeremy Papier the aspiring chef and his father the "participatory anthropologist" serve as sure and steady guides into how the globalizing tendencies in economic spheres are reaching down into locales of place, people, and heritage and creating opportunities for enormous wealth for some and spectacular (as in spectacle) new consumption habits in local spaces for corporations like Dante's Inferno International (read: Starbucks?) to suck up local capital in exchange for homogenized products like overpriced coffee, second-rate pastry, and branded ambience. Simultaneously, it generates an international "fooderati" that chases after the next "new" things to tantalize their taste buds through advertising slogans and aesthetically termed food dishes that define and socially construct what they think they are eating.
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