By Agnes Desarthe

At forty-three, Myriam has been a spouse, mom, and lover—but by no means a restauranteur. while she opens Chez Moi in a quiet local in Paris, she has no thought tips to run a enterprise, yet armed purely together with her love of cooking, she is set to attempt. slightly capable of pay the lease, Myriam secretly sleeps within the eating room and bathes within the kitchen sink, whereas suffering to come back to phrases with the painful stories of her previous. yet quickly sufficient her delectable delicacies brings her many pals to Chez Moi, and Myriam reveals that she may well get a moment likelihood at existence and love. Redolent with the points of interest, smells, and tastes of Paris, Chez Moi is an enthralling tale that would entice the numerous readers who fell in love with Joanne Harris’s Chocolat and Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate.

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She’s right. I’ve slavishly followed bourgeois notions of cooking when, when… stammering won’t get you anywhere, come on! Get into your kitchen! I go to the fridge and take out a beautiful slab of monkfish. Armed with my thinnest knife I cut into its rich dense meat, well away from the central bone, which is too bloody for my liking, and the stomach where the flesh becomes softer, floppier, thinner, like wide ears on some washed-out sea monster. I cut out a rectangular piece which reminds me of those little blocks of wood I used to buy in loads of five hundred for my son so that he could build wonderful fortresses.

I didn’t let my friends or family know about the day of the opening. I gave them the wrong date. This time, there’s no denying it, I lied too. The shopping’s done. I’ve written my menus. I’ve prepared everything that could be prepared. The rest is last minute work. But there is no last minute. I’m still waiting. And there’s no one coming through the door. No one knows my restaurant exists. I shake with anticipation from quarter to twelve till half past three. It’s very tiring and my navel, which is the epicentre of frequent nervous spasms, is sorely tested.

I feel as if someone’s watching me, and they’re not happy. This threatening presence might just be my own shadow; like when you frighten yourself walking through an empty house at dusk, glimpsing the white of an eye in a mirror. It’s your own face that has appeared in the mirror, but by the time you realize this your blood has already run cold. It could be that this critical eye watching me is my own, it could be that the courtroom in which my trial is being held is my own conscience, my poor whipped conscience.

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