Stanley Park

Stanley Park

Audiobook CD - 2004
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Betty Quan's full-cast dramatization of Timothy Taylor's sizzling first novel reveals the dark side of fine dining. Alessandro Juiliani stars as Jeremy Papier, a brilliant young Parisian-trained chef, who will do almost anything to keep his high-end Vancouver restaurant, Monkey's Paw Bistro, afloat. Jeremy, who views the cooking industry in terms of gang warfare, is a self-styled "Blood," a believer in preparing unpretentious dishes from fresh, local ingredients. He has nothing but contempt for the "Crips" who bow to every passing food fad.

But when his latest financial scam fails, Jeremy is forced to strike a deal with the devil in the form of Dante Beale (played by Scott Hylands), the owner of an undeniably "Crip" chain of gourmet coffee shops. Mix in Jeremy's eccentric professor father -- who lives with the homeless in Stanley Park -- and a decades-old mystery involving two murdered children, and you have a tantalizing concoction of satire and suspense.

Publisher: Fredericton, N.B. : BTC Audiobooks, 2004
ISBN: 9780864923899
Branch Call Number: CD BK TAY
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (ca. 2 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Quan, Betty 1964-


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Apr 01, 2015

After the first few chapters I thought for sure that this book was going to be a struggle to finish. It was bizarre and crazy. But somehow those weird characters, strange ideas and curious happenings turned into an enthralling read.
The author really knows Vancouver. He caught the attitudes of the hippie vs. hipster vs. corporate vs. homeless that made it obvious he's lived and been a part of this city.
The entire story revolves around the son and his cooking. Which kind of makes it sound like a foodie story but I found it good even though I am not usually a fan of food descriptions (I don't cook and don't care to learn, thus not making me very interested). The characters include the homeless (maybe crazy), a corporate bigwig, chefs, a librarian and lots of credit (trust me it's almost a character).
The nemesis Dante, his business and his attitude were a favorite part for me. He's a successful creep and I wonder who he's based on because he kinda reminds me of Chip Wilson (lululemon founder).
Somehow a jumble of people and stories managed to be cohesive and engaging.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

Stir in a little mystery, a big dollop of humour, use only local ingredients, visit the homeless in Stanley Park, eat at the finest restaurants, and watch chef Jeremy Papier create a night to remember. This is a truly amazing debut novel from one of Vancouver’s hottest young authors.

Apr 14, 2014

This novel seemed so promising with a link to the mystery of two young children murdered in Vancouver's Stanley Park in the 1950s. The story focusses around a chef, Jeremy, and his father, an Anthropologist doing his fieldwork by living among the habitants of Stanley Park. The Professor's main drive is to figure out the mystery of the murders, but this fascinating story gets pushed back when the author spends too much time detailing restaurant menus.

Reviewed: 9 June 2005

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

Vancouver writer Taylor takes a meat cleaver to mystery fiction by packing this novel with backroom culinary politics, an unusual father-son relationship and some moralizing on the outrage we should feel about the wastefulness of bourgeois society. With just the right amount of angst, social conscience and humour, this is an entertaining look at the perils faced by a creative and well-intentioned young chef.

Jun 09, 2012

Mixed feelings about this book. It started off so slowly I thought for quite a while I'd just give up on it. But I'm glad I kept slogging through the preamble, because the action heats ups! It turns into a fascinating read on what makes a good chef tick, the business side to running a business, and what it takes to succeed in the restaurant trade. The ending is hilarious and true to the character of Jeremy - very satisfying. If you are at all interested in the world of food this makes a good read. P.S. From the nonfiction books I've read about the lives of real chefs and the twists and turns their lives take, this book is pretty well right on the mark for realism and more interesting to read than nonfiction (IMO).

abird Apr 30, 2010

Q&Q Can Lit Canon pick (April 2010)

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