Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Vzquez Montalbn square

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 05 Feb 2009

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    What was his book...didnšt know about a book....Of course knew about all the recipes in the novels and about the Catalan Cuisine of Colman Andrews and the very good and funny Le Livre de Cuisine de la Série Noire from Lauterbach and Raybaud, but hešs not mentioned in any of them...

    Many thanks for the mention of the square in Barcelona for the Semana Negra... Montois

    On 2/4/09 11:11 PM, "jacquesdebierue" <> wrote:

    > --- In <> ,
    > "Gonzalo Baeza" <gbaeza@...> wrote:
    >> >
    >> > Pictures of the recently-inaugurated Vásquez Montalbán square, the
    >> > opening event of the week-long Semana Negra de Barcelona, one of
    >> > Spain's two big crime fiction festivals:
    > He was a good man and an excellent writer and reporter. He was also an
    > expert on Spanish gastronomy. His book on Catalan cuisine is classic.
    > I am glad that he has been honored by the city he loved so much, my
    > favorite city, too. His political positions didn't always endear him
    > to the local ruling elites, but people loved him. His crime series
    > with Pepe Carvalho and his sidecook Biscuter travels well. He may have
    > been the first to combine hardboiled crime with a passion for good
    > food. As a cook he was a very advanced semipro, that is, he could do
    > everything except the most complicated desserts. He could have been a
    > pro. His knowledge of mushrooms, in particular, was prodigious.
    > One of these days I should write something about him. It is rather
    > painful, however; his sudden death while waiting at an airport in
    > Thailand, where he had gone on assignment, still shocks. I bet he had
    > some great meals in Thailand -- that's a positive thought.
    > Best,
    > mrt

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