The Various Flavors of Coffee
By Anthony Capella
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780553385748, 560pp.)
Publication Date: August 25, 2009
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The internationally bestselling author of The Wedding Officer delivers a stunning blend of exotic adventure and erotic passion that seduces from the very first page—and intoxicates until the last . . . a novel whose mystery begins with a single coffee bean.
A cup of coffee changed Robert Wallis’s life—and a cup of very bad coffee at that. The impoverished poet is offered the last thing a struggling young artiste in fin de siècle England could possibly want: a job. But the job Wallis accepts—employing his palate and talent for words to compose a “vocabulary of coffee” based on its many elusive flavors—is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure.
It’s an adventure that will lead Wallis across the continent and into the arms of two breathtaking women: Emily, the spirited daughter of his employer, and Fikre, the defiant, seductive slave of a powerful coffee merchant, who, in one unforgettable gesture, invites Wallis to partake of both the mysteries of coffee and a forbidden passion—a passion that will change the way he thinks about life, about fate, and especially about love. . . .
Anthony Capella is a lover of all things culinary who lives in Oxfordshire, England. His previous novels, The Wedding Officer and The Food of Love, have been translated into twenty-two languages. He is at work on his next novel.
“Capella serves up an fine new helping of gourmet fiction.”—The Economist
“This story is an eclectic brew of such diverse elements as the coffee trade, women's suffrage, foreign travel and slavery, and is spiced up with a dollop of exotic romance.”—Seattle Times
"The Various Flavors of Coffee is an enthralling story, full of twists and surprises, passion and sex and, of course, coffee.”—Boston Globe
“Robust…. Fast-paced … propelled by Capella’s masterful characterizations.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Capella infuses history and style into a skillfully crafted blend that starts sweet, turns to a rich, full flavor, and leaves readers craving a bit more.” —Library Journal
“Capella’s vividly sensuous command of the arts of both food and romance will attract readers.” —Booklist