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After the latest high literary challenges followed by equally profound discussions, I hope you will agree that we should welcome the spring with a more relaxing read!
I am currently enjoying "The Chef" by one of Switzerland's best known (and best sold!) contemporary authors, Martin Suter.
Whereas we are certainly not talking Dürrenmatt or Frisch, I find the book interesting because it is set in Zurich's high end restaurant scene, with references to the economic crisis that has influenced the role of Zurich as a financial hot spot.

I hope you will enjoy it, too and recognize some aspects of Zurich life as you know it. It is quite easy to read in German, if you prefer the original for some extra language practice.

Here some comments in the press:

* 'Sex, spices and arms dealing: such is the recipe - perfectly executed - cooked up by Martin Suter' - Le Monde
* 'Martin Suter's take on the culinary is as full of mystery as a crime story, only more exotic and more erotic' - - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
* 'Martin Suter reaches a huge readership with his novels. He writes exciting, almost cinematic stories and grabs his readers with tight, refined plots' - Der Spiegel

About the author
Martin Suter was born in Zurich in 1948. His novels have enjoyed huge international success and have been published in twenty-nine languages. He is married and, with his family, he spends his time between Spain and Guatemala.

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Old 21.01.2013, 17:44
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Of course I forgot to mention the title of the German original:

Martin Suter, Der Koch
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Sounds interesting -> off to Kindle homepage...
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From amazon.co.uk: Available for pre-order. This item will be released on 1 February 2013.

The book is being translated into English as we speak.
That's what I call a fresh item.

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Re: Zurich Book Club - The Chef

Apropos to nothing, I worked with the author's brother. Thoroughly nice chap. Tis all.
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Old 21.01.2013, 20:48
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Interesting! also a writer/journalist?

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Old 21.01.2013, 20:53
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Oh dear, thank for the info Sagitta! I never even doubted that it was already available!
I hope it is on time (it's a relatively short and quick read, anyway), if not there are other celebrated Martin Suter books that have certainly been already translated and filmed. We can choose an alternative.

Let's wait until the beginning of February, thanks for keeping us posted

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From amazon.co.uk: Available for pre-order. This item will be released on 1 February 2013.

The book is being translated into English as we speak.
That's what I call a fresh item.

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Re: Zurich Book Club - The Chef

I'm new in Zurich and to the book club. Really looking forward to meet you all and it seem like a great book. Just wonder if I should read it in English or in German.....
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Cool - interesting to read another Swiss author
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that's nice! we're an easy going and very democratic bunch (especially after a glass of wine or two...) - you won't regret it

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From amazon.co.uk: Available for pre-order. This item will be released on 1 February 2013.

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Oh dear, thank for the info Sagitta! I never even doubted that it was already available!
I hope it is on time (it's a relatively short and quick read, anyway), if not there are other celebrated Martin Suter books that have certainly been already translated and filmed. We can choose an alternative.

Let's wait until the beginning of February, thanks for keeping us posted
Today I checked, because the title and your description made me curious...Apparently, I could buy the German version on Amazon.com (US site) no problem, but according to said Amazon US, the English version doesn't exist. Is that weird or what?

Ah, I get it...maybe it's a sign...do your German homework* and so forth!

*Speaking of "weird"...I got an email all the way over here from one of my former German teachers (a ton of writing auf Deutsch) who wanted to make sure that I am not forgetting what I learned in his class!!!
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nice of you to show up, Boker Tov!
I guess you miss our brilliant book discussions

I'm sure your german teacher will be happy if you tell him you've read the book in german - and you will see it's much easier than Dürrenmatt...
I see the book is still announced for 1 February, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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I am reading the book in German, for the first time in my life I might add.
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well done, Sagitta!
and how are you finding it? difficult?

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well done, Sagitta!
and how are you finding it? difficult?
Surprisingly, not really! I am trying to look some words up but most of the time the meaning is obvious enough. I've read 15 pages or so and I'm enjoying the book. Thanks Mr Sutter for writing in short sentences, though.
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nice of you to show up, Boker Tov!
I guess you miss our brilliant book discussions

I'm sure your german teacher will be happy if you tell him you've read the book in german - and you will see it's much easier than Dürrenmatt...
I see the book is still announced for 1 February, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Of course I miss our conversations!!!! I miss all of you very much! Let me tell you this: book clubs, there are plenty. But a book club with your friends, that's a whole different story! Actually, I wish all of you would move over here, now that would be cool!

Well...book will be shipped Monday or Tuesday, and will hopefully be on its way to me shortly afterwards.

And yes, I am reading it in English...
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I'm reading this in German too. Quite well into it; look forward to joining in remotely!
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The book was delivered to my Kindle in English yesterday
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swiss books are punctual even in translation !!
great news, thanks CaroleAy and enjoy

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