Appetite

Appetite

Florence, 1466. A lust for life, a passion for power and a taste for adventure... In Florence, everyone has a passion. With sixty thousand souls crammed into a cobweb of clattering streets, countless alleys, cloisters and churches, they live their lives in the narrow world between walls. Nino Latini knows that if you want to survive without losing yourself completely, you'v Florence, 1466. A lust for life, a passion for power and a taste for adventure... In Florence, everyone has a pass...

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Title:Appetite
Author:Philip Kazan
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Genres:Historical
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

Appetite Reviews

  • Vicky
    Aug 01, 2013

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

    Originally reviewed at http://adarlingread.blogspot.co.uk/ If a book can make a recipe for tripe sound appetising then that is a testament to the author?s skill as a writer. To my knowledge I?ve never eaten tripe. However I?ve found a compelling argument that it tastes won...

    I loved this book, the descriptive language which Kazan uses creates the most beautiful images which make Florence and all the food comes alive. You feel as if you are experiencing the rich and lavish dishes which are being created for yourself. Kazan?s descriptions are so good that ...

    From even just the description, it seems pretty clear that the author of Appetite was trying to do a taste version of Perfume, but with a heroic main character rather than a villain... However this didn't really come off as Nino seems a pretty horrible person and his whole love interes...

    My new top favorite. Food, Italy, Florence, Love and Conflict. A brilliant first novel by Kazan. I hope there will be more. My favorite quote: 'I've never touched a coin, ' she said proudly. 'What good would money do me, eh?' 'When you go to market ... to sell your incredible cheese,...

    I liked Appetite very much but I didn't get the same feeling as I had while reading Perfume as it promised. Also the name of the main character wasn't as Original as that of Perfumes main character, but that's not a reason to dislike a book. I liked the story of a young butcher's s...

    A really nice historical and gastronomical novel about a talented chef in Renaissance Florence. Well written characters and an interesting plot - we follow the main character Nino through the stormy years of Lorenzo Medici's reign, to Rome of Cardinals Gonzaga and Borgia and back to Fl...

    Appetite can be for food, power, money, love or a multitude of other things. Nino, a butcher's son, born in Renaissance Florence, has a rare gift for taste that he uses to effect in the kitchens of some of the most powerful figures of his time in Florence and Rome, ultimately creating ...

    There are many good books about Reneissance Italy at the time of Mediccies and Borgias. Some of them much better books about this period of history, my favourite are the ones by Sarah Dunant. In Appetite the author tried to fill the story with well known names - Leonardo, Boticcelli, L...

  • Jo Barton
    Mar 25, 2013

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

  • Rebecca
    Dec 08, 2013

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

    Originally reviewed at http://adarlingread.blogspot.co.uk/ If a book can make a recipe for tripe sound appetising then that is a testament to the author?s skill as a writer. To my knowledge I?ve never eaten tripe. However I?ve found a compelling argument that it tastes won...

    I loved this book, the descriptive language which Kazan uses creates the most beautiful images which make Florence and all the food comes alive. You feel as if you are experiencing the rich and lavish dishes which are being created for yourself. Kazan?s descriptions are so good that ...

    From even just the description, it seems pretty clear that the author of Appetite was trying to do a taste version of Perfume, but with a heroic main character rather than a villain... However this didn't really come off as Nino seems a pretty horrible person and his whole love interes...

  • Amanda
    Sep 21, 2014

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

    Originally reviewed at http://adarlingread.blogspot.co.uk/ If a book can make a recipe for tripe sound appetising then that is a testament to the author?s skill as a writer. To my knowledge I?ve never eaten tripe. However I?ve found a compelling argument that it tastes won...

    I loved this book, the descriptive language which Kazan uses creates the most beautiful images which make Florence and all the food comes alive. You feel as if you are experiencing the rich and lavish dishes which are being created for yourself. Kazan?s descriptions are so good that ...

    From even just the description, it seems pretty clear that the author of Appetite was trying to do a taste version of Perfume, but with a heroic main character rather than a villain... However this didn't really come off as Nino seems a pretty horrible person and his whole love interes...

    My new top favorite. Food, Italy, Florence, Love and Conflict. A brilliant first novel by Kazan. I hope there will be more. My favorite quote: 'I've never touched a coin, ' she said proudly. 'What good would money do me, eh?' 'When you go to market ... to sell your incredible cheese,...

    I liked Appetite very much but I didn't get the same feeling as I had while reading Perfume as it promised. Also the name of the main character wasn't as Original as that of Perfumes main character, but that's not a reason to dislike a book. I liked the story of a young butcher's s...

    A really nice historical and gastronomical novel about a talented chef in Renaissance Florence. Well written characters and an interesting plot - we follow the main character Nino through the stormy years of Lorenzo Medici's reign, to Rome of Cardinals Gonzaga and Borgia and back to Fl...

    Appetite can be for food, power, money, love or a multitude of other things. Nino, a butcher's son, born in Renaissance Florence, has a rare gift for taste that he uses to effect in the kitchens of some of the most powerful figures of his time in Florence and Rome, ultimately creating ...

  • mentalexotica
    Dec 10, 2016

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

  • Margaryta
    Sep 07, 2013

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

  • Marilyn
    Nov 27, 2017

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

  • Marianna Still
    Sep 10, 2013

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

  • Dawn
    Aug 15, 2014

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

  • Rebecca
    Mar 12, 2013

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

  • Graham Crawford
    Aug 27, 2014

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

  • Joanne
    Jun 21, 2014

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

    Originally reviewed at http://adarlingread.blogspot.co.uk/ If a book can make a recipe for tripe sound appetising then that is a testament to the author?s skill as a writer. To my knowledge I?ve never eaten tripe. However I?ve found a compelling argument that it tastes won...

    I loved this book, the descriptive language which Kazan uses creates the most beautiful images which make Florence and all the food comes alive. You feel as if you are experiencing the rich and lavish dishes which are being created for yourself. Kazan?s descriptions are so good that ...

  • Hannah
    Jul 04, 2019

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

  • Lucinda
    Mar 13, 2013

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

  • Evolots
    Jan 04, 2015

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

  • Katya
    Apr 25, 2016

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

    Originally reviewed at http://adarlingread.blogspot.co.uk/ If a book can make a recipe for tripe sound appetising then that is a testament to the author?s skill as a writer. To my knowledge I?ve never eaten tripe. However I?ve found a compelling argument that it tastes won...

    I loved this book, the descriptive language which Kazan uses creates the most beautiful images which make Florence and all the food comes alive. You feel as if you are experiencing the rich and lavish dishes which are being created for yourself. Kazan?s descriptions are so good that ...

    From even just the description, it seems pretty clear that the author of Appetite was trying to do a taste version of Perfume, but with a heroic main character rather than a villain... However this didn't really come off as Nino seems a pretty horrible person and his whole love interes...

    My new top favorite. Food, Italy, Florence, Love and Conflict. A brilliant first novel by Kazan. I hope there will be more. My favorite quote: 'I've never touched a coin, ' she said proudly. 'What good would money do me, eh?' 'When you go to market ... to sell your incredible cheese,...

    I liked Appetite very much but I didn't get the same feeling as I had while reading Perfume as it promised. Also the name of the main character wasn't as Original as that of Perfumes main character, but that's not a reason to dislike a book. I liked the story of a young butcher's s...

    A really nice historical and gastronomical novel about a talented chef in Renaissance Florence. Well written characters and an interesting plot - we follow the main character Nino through the stormy years of Lorenzo Medici's reign, to Rome of Cardinals Gonzaga and Borgia and back to Fl...

  • Laura
    Mar 10, 2018

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

  • Heidi
    Sep 30, 2013

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

    Originally reviewed at http://adarlingread.blogspot.co.uk/ If a book can make a recipe for tripe sound appetising then that is a testament to the author?s skill as a writer. To my knowledge I?ve never eaten tripe. However I?ve found a compelling argument that it tastes won...

    I loved this book, the descriptive language which Kazan uses creates the most beautiful images which make Florence and all the food comes alive. You feel as if you are experiencing the rich and lavish dishes which are being created for yourself. Kazan?s descriptions are so good that ...

    From even just the description, it seems pretty clear that the author of Appetite was trying to do a taste version of Perfume, but with a heroic main character rather than a villain... However this didn't really come off as Nino seems a pretty horrible person and his whole love interes...

    My new top favorite. Food, Italy, Florence, Love and Conflict. A brilliant first novel by Kazan. I hope there will be more. My favorite quote: 'I've never touched a coin, ' she said proudly. 'What good would money do me, eh?' 'When you go to market ... to sell your incredible cheese,...

    I liked Appetite very much but I didn't get the same feeling as I had while reading Perfume as it promised. Also the name of the main character wasn't as Original as that of Perfumes main character, but that's not a reason to dislike a book. I liked the story of a young butcher's s...

    A really nice historical and gastronomical novel about a talented chef in Renaissance Florence. Well written characters and an interesting plot - we follow the main character Nino through the stormy years of Lorenzo Medici's reign, to Rome of Cardinals Gonzaga and Borgia and back to Fl...

    Appetite can be for food, power, money, love or a multitude of other things. Nino, a butcher's son, born in Renaissance Florence, has a rare gift for taste that he uses to effect in the kitchens of some of the most powerful figures of his time in Florence and Rome, ultimately creating ...

    There are many good books about Reneissance Italy at the time of Mediccies and Borgias. Some of them much better books about this period of history, my favourite are the ones by Sarah Dunant. In Appetite the author tried to fill the story with well known names - Leonardo, Boticcelli, L...

    Some well-known names crop up in this book set in the Florence of the Medici. The major presence of this novel, though, is food and the sensory experience of taste. Taste is a heightened sense for Nino and the reader follows his culinary career. Nino's other great passion is Tessina an...

  • Peter
    Jul 01, 2013

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

    Originally reviewed at http://adarlingread.blogspot.co.uk/ If a book can make a recipe for tripe sound appetising then that is a testament to the author?s skill as a writer. To my knowledge I?ve never eaten tripe. However I?ve found a compelling argument that it tastes won...

    I loved this book, the descriptive language which Kazan uses creates the most beautiful images which make Florence and all the food comes alive. You feel as if you are experiencing the rich and lavish dishes which are being created for yourself. Kazan?s descriptions are so good that ...

    From even just the description, it seems pretty clear that the author of Appetite was trying to do a taste version of Perfume, but with a heroic main character rather than a villain... However this didn't really come off as Nino seems a pretty horrible person and his whole love interes...

    My new top favorite. Food, Italy, Florence, Love and Conflict. A brilliant first novel by Kazan. I hope there will be more. My favorite quote: 'I've never touched a coin, ' she said proudly. 'What good would money do me, eh?' 'When you go to market ... to sell your incredible cheese,...

  • Crt
    Dec 27, 2018

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

  • Alison
    Jun 17, 2017

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

  • Clint
    Sep 26, 2018

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

  • Karolien
    Jul 18, 2014

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

    Originally reviewed at http://adarlingread.blogspot.co.uk/ If a book can make a recipe for tripe sound appetising then that is a testament to the author?s skill as a writer. To my knowledge I?ve never eaten tripe. However I?ve found a compelling argument that it tastes won...

    I loved this book, the descriptive language which Kazan uses creates the most beautiful images which make Florence and all the food comes alive. You feel as if you are experiencing the rich and lavish dishes which are being created for yourself. Kazan?s descriptions are so good that ...

    From even just the description, it seems pretty clear that the author of Appetite was trying to do a taste version of Perfume, but with a heroic main character rather than a villain... However this didn't really come off as Nino seems a pretty horrible person and his whole love interes...

    My new top favorite. Food, Italy, Florence, Love and Conflict. A brilliant first novel by Kazan. I hope there will be more. My favorite quote: 'I've never touched a coin, ' she said proudly. 'What good would money do me, eh?' 'When you go to market ... to sell your incredible cheese,...

    I liked Appetite very much but I didn't get the same feeling as I had while reading Perfume as it promised. Also the name of the main character wasn't as Original as that of Perfumes main character, but that's not a reason to dislike a book. I liked the story of a young butcher's s...

  • Dave P
    Apr 28, 2019

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

  • Caroline Smith
    Aug 27, 2017

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

  • Francesjanelawrence
    May 27, 2017

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

  • Zoe Radley
    May 26, 2018

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

  • Catherine
    Jan 23, 2015

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

    What a masterpiece.... a feast for all the senses and emotions. Decadence, love, despair, humour and yes loads and loads of food and recipes along with the full sense of walking in renaissance Italy. An absolute gem ...

    This was good. I feel like it could have been cut down quite a bit, and it looses focus at times, but it was still an enjoyable read. ...

    Surprisingly excellent. Great pace, beautiful turn of phrase, interesting topic. Recommended :) ...

    Enjoyed it, but really a thin plot disguised by some sumptuous descriptions of food that the main character either cooked or ate. A nice story around the time of the Medicis ...

    Odd, but definitely good. I enjoyed this. It was a well-written and the imagery was great! ...

    A poor mans ?Perfume?, plus it kept making me hungry ! ...

    I liked the painter of souls and picked this one up because I wanted more. But this just seemed more boring ...

    Loved the evocation of Florence and the senses. Goes on a bit though - needed editing. ...

    Originally reviewed at http://adarlingread.blogspot.co.uk/ If a book can make a recipe for tripe sound appetising then that is a testament to the author?s skill as a writer. To my knowledge I?ve never eaten tripe. However I?ve found a compelling argument that it tastes won...

  • Andrea Mason
    Feb 12, 2018

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...

    The novel is a epicurean delight. You'll find yourself revolted, astonished, puzzled, and nose deep in this phantasm of flavours, ingredients, and food described in this book. Goes without saying that this is the most riveting part of the novel. The story revolves around protagonist ...

    I was interested to see how the idea of the Perfume by Suskind is developed with food. The setting is good, there are some good historical and romantic aspects of it. However it was slow to read, nothing to actually pull you in it. I often skipped paragraphs of long food descriptions...

    Wow, what an annoying character. Nino needs to grow up and suck it up and stop being so stupid. I guess that's a little harsh but he just grated on my nerves and my enjoyment of the book obviously suffered because of it. ...

    Best book I've read in a while. Like me, anyone who's ever left home and tried to find the flavours of their distant homeland will find a great travelling and dining companion in Nino Latini. ...

    Very evocative of the place and period -Florence in the 1460s and 70s. Especially the food -tastes and smells and details of feasts, markets, customs, rich food and plain food , especially tripe . Nino is a butcher's son who also draws a little and who really just wants to cook. His ta...

    Another great read about renaissance Florence, this time about a fictional character who becomes a chef for the great men of Florence. It's set against the background of the intrigues and political plots that were rife at the time, and once again, as with Fra Lippi the painter in The P...

    On the back of the book it states that fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolat would enjoy this book, and I can confirm that this is true. It is a love story but this is entwined amongst the main characters love of food and cooking, and the journey that this takes him on in 1466. You become q...

  • Tatiana
    Mar 26, 2019

    Kazan?s first novel is a luscious feast for the imagination set in late 15th-century Florence. Nino Latini has inherited his twin passions for food and art from his butcher father and his uncle, painter Filippo Lippi. As the story opens in 1466, 14-year-old Nino has just lost his mot...

    Set against the glorious backdrop of renaissance Italy, this disturbingly addictive story is as enticing as the most sumptuous of banquets, and will sweep you far away from the commonplace, and into the dark and dirty world of human excess and scintillating debauchery. Nino Latino ha...

    An exquisitely evocative, atmospheric masterpiece that ensnares the senses and illuminates the mind. Refreshingly inspired and acutely perceptive, Philip Kazan brings 1400?s Florence vividly to life with such vibrancy, color and dexterity. Flawlessly capturing the sensuality of t...

    I hope no one from my work looks at Goodreads as I started this wonderful book on Thursday night and phoned in sick Friday just so I could finish it. It's hard to believe that this is Kazan's first novel it's so well crafted. The prose is deceptively simple and well paced. The first pe...

    I couldn't finish this book. I honestly forced myself through about a hundred pages and could only read maybe 10 pages each time I sat down, it was that stretched out and boring. I found the premise to be very intriguing and it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind which I'd rea...

    4.5/5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It kept me interested and hungry :) Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud, some of them made me sad and the last 100 pages-ish just flew by and I couldn't stop reading. The idea is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Nino La...