Jean-Marie D’Aumout is the son of nobles who starved to death. An extraordinary person in extraordinary times. Eighteenth century France is a good place to be, if you’re noble and manage a little luck. Jean-Marie is obsessed with taste, science, and cooking. Grimwood leaves behind the speculative in this personal story of discovery of the limits of flavour and human ambition, and, no secret, the end of an era. The book is sensual and sexual and engaging; ts simple, matter of fact style belies the depth and truth of the story. A long, languorous pleasure, filled with texture. Read it.