“Monsieur Henri” is an incomparable cook, one of those chefs who can delight the taste buds with almost nothing. He runs Le Relais Fleuri, an unpretentious French bistro that still manages to give its customers everything they could wish for… on a plate. There’s one thing Henri is sure of: Le Relais will close when he goes. Under no circumstances will his son Julien take it over.
When Henri falls into a coma, Julien spends many hours holding his hand and using his memories to try to bring back to life the culinary heritage of this very secretive father. Soon Julien has a single obsession: finding the notebook of recipes that he thinks he’s seen so many times in his life, where his father wrote down his mysterious tricks… But while he searches, he comes across another secret, a family one, and understands why his father let his wife leave without a word.
Jacky Durand is a culinary journalist. His sensuous, epicurean, gastronomical columns delight thousands of readers and listeners. Le cahier de recettes is his debut novel.