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Maylis de Kérangal

Maylis de Kerangal is an award-winning novelist and the author of the forthcoming The Cook (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 2019), translated by Sam Taylor.

Portrait: © Francesca Mantovani

Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French, including 2010 Prix Médicis winner Naissance d’un pont (available in English translation as Birth of a Bridge). The English translation of her book The Heart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, tr. by Sam Taylor) was named one of The Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Fiction Works of 2016 and won the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize. She currently resides in Paris.


About the book: The Cook

The Cook tells the story of Mauro, a young self-taught cook, as he comes of age over a fifteen-year period. Told from the point of view of an unnamed female narrator, the book follows him from Paris to Berlin, Thailand, and Burma to find his path in life: a rediscovery of his hunger for cooking and his appetite for life.

De Kerangal’s lyricism and vivid prose brings readers right into the kitchen, conjuring moods, sensations and flavors, rendering this novel more a poetic biographical essay on Mauro’s life and career than a novel.

Translated from the French by Sam Taylor, The Cook was published on April 2, 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.