My middle son is a classically-trained chef. The book pictured here is from his cookbook collection.
I learned from the cookbook that Marcel Proust was a French writer whose epic-length novels often digressed into detailed accounts of gastronomic delights.
The French are famous for their food, and because I’m half French, it explains a lot about my writing – especially the 591 references to food, cooking and eating that can be found in IrishFirebrands. It also explains how, since I have no Irish ancestry, I could produce an Irish novel of epic proportions: it’s my ContinentalCeltic (Gallic) connection.
(IrishFirebrands also features an episode relating to a torc, such as the one depicted in the sculpture.)
“Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres,” Caesar wrote in De Bello Gallico.
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