Molinoff or the Count in the Kitchen Author:Maurice Bedel Translated from the French by Lawrence S. Morris — Molinoff was a Russian count by birth, and a pastry cook by the force of destiny. At night he drew marvellous confections from his pots and pans for the delectation of the nouveau riche M. Cortes and his good fat wife. In the day time he hobnobbed with men and women so aristocratic and exclusive ... more »that even his employers dared not bow to them. And like Jerome, hero of M. Bedel's popular first novel: Jerome or the Latitude of Love, he found that the language of love is not universal.
"Tremendously amusing ... In reality it is a sort of confection, like those which Molinoff himself was so fond of concocting, a great airy structure covered with candy chateaux, gardens of angelica, truelovers' knots of barley sugar, and hearts of the purest whipped cream. It is skillful, delicious, quite digestible, and at the end there is even a th=ouch of calculated paths, added by the author like a dash of bitter orange." -- Malcolm Cowley in The Herald Tribune
"I'm incline to believe that it is a more perfect piece of work than Jerome. Bedel has an almost Congreve-like genius for comedy. If there is anything better - as pure comedy - in contemporary literature than the scene of the Bishop's literary party, I don't happen to know it. And what a superb idea he has in the complaisant, sentimental hero! And what wicked satire in his picture of the two societies on opposite banks of the Loire! ... It's a grand, malicious, sophisticated book. I envy his fun in writing it." - Lloyd Morris« less