Mozart's Cook
The Long-Lost Journal of Fabio Malatesta




Reception and Author Reading
Brooklyn Heights, NYC

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Reception and Author Reading
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

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A Book to Savor
By Toni Clark on October 13, 2014

I thought I would read this book quickly, for I was told it was a coming-of-age novel, suitable for young adults. Instead I found myself immediately slowing down to savor the language, the vivid scenes and exchanges between characters, and the emotional ups and downs of Fabio as he grappled so honestly with his experiences as Mozart's cook and friend. I was drawn into the diary and to the daily lives of Fabio, Mozart and Mozart's father as they toured Italy, eating well--and I must add--in a fashion to which I personally would like to become accustomed. The dialog between Fabio and his friend Amadeo often made me laugh out loud. Fabio's recurring exasperation with most of the people he loved provided a refreshing contrast to the perfection of Mozart's talents and performances. How both young men come to terms with the complicated sins of their fathers was well told, and the resolutions, realistic. I enjoyed my journey into the gifts and treacheries of this historical period through the eyes of Fabio very much indeed. A book well worth savoring and passing on.

An Engaging Read for Everyone Who Loves Mozart and his Era
By Beth Baynum on October 2, 2014

Anyone who likes music, food or history will greatly enjoy Mozart's Cook. Terry Quinn writes evocatively of 18th century Italy and Germany, creating real personality for Mozart, breathing life and dimension into the genius that most know only as an historical figure. It has mystery and intrigue, a little romance, location and period details that draw you in, and lots of mouth-watering descriptions of contemporary dishes. Fabio is an endearing protagonist, unexpectedly drawn into Mozart's life and yearning to make his own way into full manhood. Quinn delivers a fascinating view of Mozart's struggles before he gained fame, how he grapples with his creative force and his relationship with his domineering father, within a page-turning story of an early and near-disastrous Italian tour. The touching ending hints at a possible sequel, which I can only hope is forthcoming.

Mozart would be pleased
By Tom W. on October 5, 2014

Reading Mozart's Cook is an education. Not only in matters of cooking and history, taste and etiquette, which it certainly is. More than that, this beautifully-told story provides a most attractive container for Terry Quinn to share deep insights into the many different and always changing relationships his Fabio finds himself in. Including Fabio's relationship with himself, as he writes of his own foibles and of both the joy and pain he experiences as he embraces his newfound manhood. And Terry Quinn's language is so unfalteringly gorgeous, the scenes imbued with such elegance, that even in the moments when, in the hands of a lesser writer, things might devolve into coarseness, we are held aloft seemingly without effort. Mozart would be pleased.

Young Mozart and more, "The Long-Lost Journal" is a Gem
By Jonathan on November 16, 2014

This book is far more than I ever could have imagined, packaged as it is as Mozart's Cook. Even were it not a unique account of Mozart and his father Leopold challenging the entrenched lords of musical taste in pursuit of recognition and rewards from the aristocracy of northern Italy, if Mozart were taken out and if this were merely the telling from the journals of one unknown young man about himself and a friend, the tale is still captivating and emotionally rich. Given that it is a privileged view of the inner and outer world of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mozart's Cook is captivating! I could not put it down from the first chapter onward, and I cannot imagine who the reader would be who would not have an experience similar to mine. We get an insider's look at Mozart from the pen of another young artist, the passionate, observant and emotionally intelligent Fabio the Cook. Young Mozart's friend draws us into the lives of the famous composer and his father, in a narrative that is made smooth and so accessible in this exquisite translation by Terry Quinn.

A revelation for Mozart lovers
By William H. Hammetton December 6, 2014

A wonderful read for young and old alike. Musicians and music lovers should delight in the imagined or authentic characterizations of
Mozart the boy genius offered through the eyes of Fabio, the cook, a talent in his own right. A compelling intrigue builds throughout the story that is irresistable, glueing the book covers to the readers hand. Culinarians and fine food lovers should also be titillated and at times tantalized by the passing reviews of ingredients and cooking preparations. Quinn' translation is a winner the way his words retain the zest and flavor or this recently discovered little narrative treasure penned by Fabio Melatesta, Mozart's cook. Highly recommended.

Masterpiece of a book!
ByBarbara Elisse Najaron November 11, 2014

This is an astonishing book. Magnificently rendered from the Italian, Terry Quinn has created an adaptation that is eminently accessible - fluid, gorgeously descriptive passages, eloquent, filled with delicious feasts (!) that beg conversion into a cookbook), immersed in the Italy of Mozart's day - clothing, conversation, romance, and the backdrop of intrigue and like our own times....I found myself fascinated by the conversation...Fabio Malatesta was no ordinary cook - he was a master chef as well as a totally gifted writer and observer of human nature and of himself. I wanted the book to go on and on and I hope Terry is able to recover the other scrolls someday and continue the story. I see a movie...bravo, Terry!! This is a masterpiece. My life is the richer for the reading.

A Must Read
ByPatricia Weisson November 3, 2014

I am enjoying the journal translation so very much! It is entertaining, informative and also delicious! ( -: Highly Recommended!!





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