Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles (Hardcover)

By Rupert Kingfisher, Sue Hellard (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781599903064, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 28, 2008

Winter 2009 Kids' List

“For Madeleine, life as a dishwasher in her uncle Lard's restaurant is little more than dismal drudgery. But her fate may be about to change when she stumbles into a strange shop, where she meets the enigmatic Madame Pamplemousse, a culinary goddess whose incredible edibles leave the citizens of Paris clamoring for more. This is a unique, charming story.”
— Megan Graves, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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"Madame Pamplemousse "is the story of Madeleine, forced to work in her unpleasant uncle's horrible restaurant, "The Squealing Pig." By chance she comes across the most marvellous shop, run by Madame Pamplemousse, which is quiet, discreet, yet full of delicious and otherworldly 'edibles' - Pterodactyl Bacon, Scorpion Tails in Smoked Garlic Oil, and Great Squid Tentacle in Jasmine-Scented Jelly. A quiet comradeship develops between Madeleine, Madame Pamplemousse, and Madame's cat, Camembert. And together they create some wonderful culinary magic. Exquisite, beautifully formed prose that has echoes of Angela Carter belies a narrative that is full of pace. A wonderful fairy tale that will appeal to both adults and children.

About the Author

This is Rupert Kingfisher's first book although he is working on another. His favourite authors as a child were Roald Dahl, Susan Cooper and Ursula le Guin. He also loved American horror comics and French cartoon books such as Asterix and Tintin. It was on a family holiday to Paris that he visited a bookshop dedicated to books such as Tintin - and also ate anchovies for the first time, on a pizza from a street vendor. He says that both experiences were equally life-changing. Rupert studied Philosophy at Bristol University and Play Writing at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Rupert has had plays performed in Dublin, Edinburgh, London and on BBC Radio 4. He grew up in Oxfordshire and now lives in Brentford, Middlesex.