Vintage

Vintage A humorous and evocative debut novel about a food journalist s desperate attempt to save his career and possibly his marriage by tracking an extremely valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis over

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  • Title: Vintage
  • Author: David Baker
  • ISBN: 9781501112515
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A humorous and evocative debut novel about a food journalist s desperate attempt to save his career and possibly, his marriage by tracking an extremely valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis over half a century ago.Ten years ago, Bruno Tannenbaum was a passionate food journalist with a respected newspaper column, a popular segment on the evening news, and a bestsellA humorous and evocative debut novel about a food journalist s desperate attempt to save his career and possibly, his marriage by tracking an extremely valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis over half a century ago.Ten years ago, Bruno Tannenbaum was a passionate food journalist with a respected newspaper column, a popular segment on the evening news, and a bestselling guide to relationships through food These days, Bruno is a passionate has been living on his mother s couch, separated from his wife and daughters, eating his way through an ever dwindling bank account, faced with the gnawing doubt that he ll never be the writer he once was.Then Bruno stumbles on the secret to a lost vintage of wine, stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War and presumed lost to the world for good Recognizing his one chance at reviving his career, he scrapes together his last resources and sets off on an exciting food filled quest that leads him from the rolling hills of Burgundy to a raucous wedding in Moldova, to a Beaune Bacchanal, and the greying walls of a Russian prison, as he attempts to find this extremely valuable wine and prove himself as the writer, father, and husband he knows he can be.Vintage is an exhilarating debut that reads like a delectable food memoir combined with a comic travelogue, including mouthwatering recipes and wine pairings It is a deliciously scintillating story.

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    1. Bruno Tannenbaum, the lovable hero of this book, reminds me a lot of Don Freeman from The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. (No idea what I'm talking about? Shame on you! Check them out. Graeme Simison is the author). I just didn't fall head over heels in love with how things played out the last half of the book.Up until the last 80 pages, they had me firmly at a five star rating. Then he did the thing that killed the book- and the character's joie de vivre- for me- he took the easy way out.Br [...]

    2. Bruno Tannebaum, an author whose 2 previous books dealt with food and wine, has hit rock bottom. His writers block has continued for 10 years. He has lost his job as a columnist at a newspaper in his hometown of Chicago. His wife has thrown him out and and he is ls sleeping on the sofa in his mother's apartment. So when an old friend, a Russian restauranteur, offers Bruno an opportunity to clean out a wine locker for a fee, Bruno jumps at the chance. However Bruno is followed to the locker, assa [...]

    3. I adored this book! I loved all the food and wine descriptions-and the mystery adventure as it evolved along the way,it was a pleasure to read.

    4. 4-1/2 Stars No time for a review just now as I’m off on a family-filled weekend of birthday celebrations and snow-skiing. Let me take a moment to say this, though: more people should read this book. It’s gorgeous, witty, touching, cinematic, and thoroughly entertaining. Just a delightful read. And the foodgasms! Good God. You’re going to want to tie on a bib for this one, or maybe keep a hanky on hand for the drool. You’ve been warned. ;)

    5. "Bruno thought through the final few pages of his book as they all bustled around him, feeling that he had finally arrived at a sort of wisdom. He wasn't a brilliant writer, or perhaps he was. Either way, it didn't matter much because of this meal that was coming together: five people from three generations with complex interrelations, rancor, love, desire, disappointment, hope, were all about to commune and enjoy a few moments of harmony amid the maelstrom of life. This is what food can do. Thi [...]

    6. A food and wine road trip caper for armchair travelers. Bruno Tannenbaum has lost his wife, is unable to write his book, and has now lost his job with the newspaper. But he gets on the scent of a lost wine vintage--from 1943 France when the Nazis were shipping out all the good stuff--and he sees tracking this down as his way out all his problems--he's write the book, have money, and have proven his ability to be a good husband and supporter to his estranged wife. Of course nothing goes as planne [...]

    7. To be honest, the reason I was first attracted to this book was not the cover, the title, or the description but rather by the name of the author. My Father's name was David Baker so I knew I had to read this one. I enjoyed the concept of this book and the descriptive writing made me want to rush to the kitchen to make a delicious meal or uncork a bottle of wine. The mystery was intriguing, the journey enticing, but the ending felt a bit rushed to me. I hope to see more works by Mr. David Baker, [...]

    8. I received a copy of this book through a giveaway. I have enjoyed this book, although I had a hard time getting into the story. There's a lot of wine, food and travel. It became really interesting to me once Bruno got to Europe. I thought the mystery of the missing wine and how it tied to Nazi Germany was interesting. I was kind of disappointed as to were the wine really was, but in a sense, relieved. I loved the theme discovered in the end and how it relates to the vin ordinaire.

    9. Occasionally you find a book on shelf in the library, on a day of slim pickings, and think, "What do I have to lose?" I don't like wine, and have never indulged in travel, but the voluptuous food descriptions and the mystery driving the story--a lost vintage of World War II--hooked me completely."Vintage" isn't quite a must read, but as my life is less full without travel, your life will be less complete without reading this novel.

    10. A refreshing and evocative debut for David Baker. A loveable loser down on his luck entwined in the intricacies of food and wine with a decades old mystery thriller to set the plot. I have a bias towards debut novels as I always find them to be a bit more interesting as though you can feel the raw nerves of a new writer as you read their words. Great impulsive buy

    11. You don't have to be a foodie or a wine geek to enjoy this novel, but it doesn't hurt. Vintage is a thoroughly enjoyable story about a fading food writer who stumbles into the search for a missing WWII-era wine. Rarely has the world of satisfying food and good wine been so lovingly conveyed. A fun vacation read. Thanks, M.

    12. This book is going to appeal to a variety of people on a variety of levels. Like to cook? Check. Enjoy wine? Check. Love to travel? Check. Enjoy a bit of history with your mystery? Check. Know a slacker who just can’t seem to get their life together? Check, check, check. This book is an emotional roller coaster. Just when you think you have David Baker’s main character Bruno Tannenbaum (an aging, self-described working class gourmet food writer with a distinct Peter Pan complex) figured out, [...]

    13. Bruno is an unattractive main character. He's using a Smith-Corona manual typewriter, in a restaurant, while drinking its wine on the house and writing some horribly purple prose. When he's forcibly ejected (for being a jerk, mostly about the wine, but also about the table, the typewriter, and life in general), he goes home to his mom's house, where he's sleeping on the couch since his wife kicked him out for, among other things, sleeping around and binge drinking. The next day he gets fired for [...]

    14. Review originally posted at All Books Considered: TWO AND A HALF STARSThe concept of this book is great and I do not even have many qualms with its execution -- it was a truly culinary adventure. Each chapter was tied into a specific ingredient and/or recipe from the MC's other books and/or columns and the descriptions of food and wine were exciting. I also loved the travel and the mystery of the book. All of this being said, you are probably looking at my rating and thinking WHY?! Unfortunately [...]

    15. I found this book on which enabled me to order it from the library as soon as it was released. Bruno Tannenbaum is a washed-up food critic, or as he refers to himself, a food journalist. He has lost his wife and children through divorce, his job through technology and the inability to follow up after his world renown book from over a decade earlier. Now, he lives at home with his mother, sleeping on her sofa. When Bruno stumbles on information which could lead him to the ultimate prize, a lost [...]

    16. This was a cute little caper. From the character description, I imagine Bruno as the Chicago Jewish food writer version of Bill Bryson. Chipmunk-like, bearded, with a full belly. He is a terrible husband, not the best father, and the worst at saving money. After all, life is too short not to enjoy good food and wine. So while sometimes it's frustrating to follow him on his adventures when you want to smack him to knock some sense into him, it's also hard not to smile and go with his odd charm. T [...]

    17. Liked this read although the main character is not very likable and is driven by his love for wine, woman and fine food. Characters are interesting and the book moves at a good pace. The story line moves from Chicago, France, Germany and finally to Russia where the author has written about an unusual and improbable meal in prison. The mystery surrounding a particular wine and conclusion were a surprise. Throughout the tale the choices he makes are always in conflict with his family which he trie [...]

    18. " Great wine is the ordinary. It is the everyday. It is family. It's another meal. Another shot at grace. It's love. It is life. It isrgiveness."Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A tale of a burnt out writer past his prime. A mystery leads him on a journey, hunting for a lost wine vintage from WWII. His quest for this legendary wine helps him turn his life around. His story will make your stomach grumble and is best enjoyed with your favorite glass of wine in hand.☕️☕️☕️☕️

    19. This book was indeed a very interesting and inviting read. It fascinated me in different ways. The love of food, wine, family this book has it all from good or bad. This book is a must read.

    20. This book is about more than food and wine - it's about finding out who you are, no matter where you are in your life. I loved that it had a little mystery in it, too.

    21. It's like one of Peter Mayle's mysteries set in France, but with an even more bumbling protagonist than usual. It's perfect for the foodies, and the dry humor and nonsense is sorta endearing once you get used to it. I mean, what other protagonist would break into a Russian mobster's hotel room to see if he was the mysterious attacker and what he wanted, snoop around while said Russian mobster is in the *shower*, and then, on the way out, pause, consider, sneak back to the mini bar, steal a bottl [...]

    22. I had high hopes for this story of a washed-up food writer who is on the quest of a missing bottle of wine from WWII but I despised the main character. Everyone loves Bruno. He's a food critic, wrote a well-known book, 10 years ago, and spends his time eating, drinking and carousing on someone else's dime. Only the party is over. His wife threw him out. She still loves him but she's lost faith in him. He's staying on his mother's couch and working in her deli and trying to figure out how to get [...]

    23. Picked up this book based solely on the fact that it's wine-related, and was so pleasantly surprised. The story sucked me right in, and I really liked the characters, despite their many flaws. (Looking at you, Bruno!) This turned into an adventure that I wasn't expecting, and the fact that it was a wine adventure was just icing on the cake. I also really appreciated that this wasn't focused so much on the technical aspects of wine, but on the experience of wine, which is my preferred way to appr [...]

    24. A pretty good book about an extremely unlikable and immature middle aged man, who thankfully learns a few things by the end of the book.I enjoyed the Chicago setting at the beginning and the French setting in the middle. The writer's love of good food and wine with family and friends really comes through in his narrative. I listened to about half of it on audio, and the narrator was really whiny and obnoxious. Good for the main character but hard to listen to.We are discussing this at my Food fo [...]

    25. The main character is almost unlikeable, but he turns himself around to the point you are rooting for him. If you like mystery, travel, food, adventure, the book is a page turner. Really enjoyed reading this.

    26. A fun book for foodies and vino lovers with gourmet tastes and hungry hearts. However, I agree with another reviewer, I could have done without the infidelity. I think it actually detracted from the story.

    27. An interesting mystery featuring a little-known aspect of WWII history, the theft of vintage wines from Occupied France by Nazi officers.

    28. I enjoyed this book! It surprisingly made me want to try more wines! The main character, Bruno, has hit the bottomwith no money, no true story, and a broken typewriter. He lives with his mother, he lost his job, lost his wife and children by divorce, and he can't even keep up with his former food critic self! I wasn't overly keen on Bruno, but his story was definitely interesting. I found he was usually battling his love for writing, wine and food with choices that may better suit his family. I [...]

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