Novel Nibbles & Celtic Connections.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

My middle son is a classically-trained chef. The book pictured here is from his cookbook collection.

Proust - cookbook1979 ed., Thames & Hudson, publishers. Don’t you love that eye-popping cover?

I learned from the cookbook that Marcel Proust was a French writer whose epic-length novels often digressed into detailed accounts of gastronomic delights.

Marcel ProustMarcel Proust, 1871-1922

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.

Dying_GaulThe Dying Gaul. Capitoline Museum.

(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

We’ve begun…

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