A Flaming Life

A Flaming Life

Erwin Koch

This is the life story of Siegfried Kuhn. At the close of a post-war childhood at Lake Constance, he develops an ardent passion for eating and cooking. After many years of testing and experimenting he makes an amazing discovery that nobody cares about...

Siegfried Kuhn's life changes in a single night: On frozen Lake Constance, his teacher produces crêpes flambées on a little stove and the lake sparkles in supernaturally beautiful shades of blue. Kuhn, equally familiar with hunger and the joys of eating, becomes a cook specializing in spectacular flaming dishes. While developing new recipes, he discovers a revolutionary method of dissolving oil in water – a personal breakthrough and also a means to save the environment. But nobody is interested in his patent, neither Greenpeace nor the Spanish government during the sinking of the Prestige. And so Kuhn decides to help matters along himself…by means of a little conflagration.

"There are books that put a spell on you from the very first page. What constitutes Koch's magic is, above all, his language. Lightly and delicately, his clear, uncluttered sentences flow one into the other." (BRIGITTE)

A Flaming Life

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