Vlad Thelad

Top Reviewer Ranking: 209
Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (112 of 131)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Top Reviewer Ranking: 209 - Total Helpful Votes: 112 of 131
Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes, June 28 2014
I am a foodie, although I am not sure there is one accepted definition of what that means. Most would agree that having a deep love of food, openness to new tasting experiences, and a list of to-do restaurants in different cities of the world, would qualify you as one. This book is for those foodies that also have a great curiosity for what goes on behind the scenes, those who want to know more about the inner world of the kitchen, the sanctum where the wonders that arrive at your table are created. The book is very well written, which combined with the praises for accuracy that insiders have given to it, makes for a wonderful entry point to satiating that curiosity. If you want to catch… Read more
Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen
Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen
4.0 out of 5 stars For foods sake!, May 15 2014
I am a foodie. Yes, there is no point in denial. So I savoured each food description in the book, laughed at every food-snob remark, and nodded approvingly at every culinary metaphor. However, as much as I relished those, the novel does leave quite a bit to be desired. Characters are rather schematic, with not much depth or development, and the plot works well only in a light feel-good movie kind of way. In summary, if you choose to read it, drop any high literary expectations and do it for foods sake. You will enjoy it.
The Anatomy Lesson: A Novel by Nina Siegal
4.0 out of 5 stars A literary exercise, May 4 2014
My father is an anatomist, a connoisseur of the visual arts, and has remarkable drawing skills of his own. Hence, I had an early familiarity with Rembrandts Anatomy Lesson, and it comes as no surprise that as soon as I heard about this novel I knew I had to read it. The idea is brilliant; to use the painting as the starting point to construct a story, to weave in the characters portrayed, the cadaver and Doctor Tulp, the painter himself, and others close to them, intertwining facts and fiction in seventeenth century Amsterdam. It sounds like a great literary exercise, and that is what it is. It is a well-polished, well researched, and meticulously written exercise. However, there it ends;… Read more

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