Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor

Stanley Park

byTimothy Taylor

Kobo ebook | December 17, 2010

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A young chef who revels in local bounty, a long-ago murder that remains unsolved, the homeless of Stanley Park, a smooth-talking businessman named Dante — these are the ingredients of Timothy Taylor's stunning debut novel — Kitchen Confidential meets The Edible Woman.

Trained in France, Jeremy Papier, the young Vancouver chef, is becoming known for his unpretentious dishes that highlight fresh, local ingredients. His restaurant, The Monkey's Paw Bistro, while struggling financially, is attracting the attention of local foodies, and is not going unnoticed by Dante Beale, owner of a successful coffeehouse chain, Dante's Inferno. Meanwhile, Jeremy's father, an eccentric anthropologist, has moved into Stanley Park to better acquaint himself with the homeless and their daily struggles for food, shelter and company. Jeremy's father also has a strange fascination for a years-old unsolved murder case, known as "The Babes in the Wood" and asks Jeremy to help him research it.

Dante is dying to get his hands on The Monkey's Paw. When Jeremy's elaborate financial kite begins to fall, he is forced to sell to Dante and become his employee. The restaurant is closed for renovations, Inferno style. Jeremy plans a menu for opening night that he intends to be the greatest culinary statement he's ever made, one that unites the homeless with high foody society in a paparazzi-covered celebration of "local splendour."

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Title:Stanley ParkFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 17, 2010Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307363597

ISBN - 13:9780307363596

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining A very entertaining story that mixes the risks of the restaurant business with the cultural history of Stanley Park, with some fantasy added for flavour.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I really enjoyed this book. The glimpse into the culinary world was illuminating.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It had It's moments Don't be fooled by the jacket copy, this book is not so much a mystery as it is a character study. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the kitchen scenes and the description of food and the culinary industry, I found the book lacking and found it difficult to pick up again after putting it down. If you have an interest in food and Vancouver I would suggest reading it.
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok, but nothing more. Jeremy is a chef in Vancouver and owns his own small restaurant, with the focus being on local food; however, he has run up a lot of bills to make a go of this place, and it's catching up to him. His dad is an anthropology professor, conducting a study of homeless people in Stanley Park. The Professor is also interested in a murder of two children, a cold case from the late 40s/early 50s. Some parts were more interesting than others. It was the unsolved murder that drew me to the book to begin with, but there was so little about it in the book, and past the initial description of it (apparently, this really is a cold case in Vancouver), what was there just didn't hold my interest very much. The food aspect of the book didn't do anything for me (in fact, I wouldn't have eaten a single thing mentioned in the book, but then, I'm not at all adventurous with food), although the restaurant part got more interesting as the story went on. The Professor and his homeless friends were pretty boring, I thought. Overall, despite my mostly negative comments, I'd consider the book "o.k.", but nothing more.
Date published: 2011-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Example of Canadian Lit Very well written, it grabbed my attention from the beginning, with a spot-on description of the title locale. The author has done a fantastic job in bringing to life the chaos and heartache that is the life of a chef, along with the joys and passion. The research that must have gone into this work is impressive.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wildly Delicious This book was a great read. I enjoyed the blend of culinary delights, Stanley Park inhabitants, and an unsolved murder mystery.
Date published: 2007-11-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Enough already! 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 focuses 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.
Date published: 2007-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulously juicy and fresh book What a joy to explore the Vancouver culinary scene and deep core of Stanley Park at the same time. The dreams, struggles and triumphs of Jeremy and his father. Loved every minute reading it!
Date published: 2007-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who Knew! Who knew books by Canadian authors could be this good. Good story, lots to think about, wonderful descriptions of food and a description of a typical Vancouver sunset that was spot on. I liked Jeremy, but why did he have to drink so much? Satisfying ending; everybody got their just desserts!
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious I absolutely adored this book! Having grown up on the same street and areas that the author so profoundly depicts, brought up a sensation of naustalgia beyond any other... Thank you for having celebrated our city in such a tasteful manner.
Date published: 2004-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious book! This is a good book. I found it very interesting to read how Taylor describes different parts of the city, and I felt hungry while reading the story of Chef Papier...I found the story of the homeless living in Stanley Park sometimes a bit confusing, but in general, I enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2002-11-07