Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor

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Chef Jeremy Papier struggles to keep his first restaurant afloat in between visits to his anthropologist father, who is living with and researching the homeless residents of Vancouver B.C.'s 1,000-acre Stanley Park. In his day job, Jeremy negotiates with a profit-driven corporate financier in the city and creates radical cuisine menus for the diners at The Monkey's Paw Bistro. During his few off-hours, he glimpses the unseen lives of the Stanley Park denizens and applies his French cooking school training to the preparation of wild squirrels and starlings over a campfire.  The novel climaxes when his two lives come together in the suspenseful opening night gala of his new upscale restaurant, Gerriamo's. Woven into the story is an exploration of a 40-year-old unsolved murder case involving two young children whose bodies were discovered deep in the Stanley Park woods. This funny, thoughtful, and satisfying story mocks modern "foodies" and global corporate culture while exploring the real meaning of family, tradition, culinary roots, and a deep sense of place. Check Our Catalog

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