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On my eightieth birthday, Jonathan gave me a notebook. Hard-backed with brown and pale yellow marbling on the cover, like chocolate in cream.'I want you to write something for me,' said Jonathan, his dark eyes locking onto mine. 'I want you to write your story, Mam.'Peggy's story is the story of her Snowdonia village – of a community that that shares its joys and its woesOn my eightieth birthday, Jonathan gave me a notebook. Hard-backed with brown and pale yellow marbling on the cover, like chocolate in cream.'I want you to write something for me,' said Jonathan, his dark eyes locking onto mine. 'I want you to write your story, Mam.'Peggy's story is the story of her Snowdonia village – of a community that that shares its joys and its woes across floured kitchen tables and scrubbed shop counters.Throughout Peggy's life food looms large – the lack of it, the sharing of it, the eating of it – from gingerbread to cawl, ce-cream to bara-brith. Her recipes are well-used and much ppreciated, but no one is quite sure where her inspiration comes from, why she is the way she is.Not until everyone's tale is told does Peggy's story unfold... as thick, dark and sticky as treacle....

Title : The Seasoning
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ISBN : 9781909983250
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Number of Pages : 268 Pages
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The Seasoning Reviews

  • Diyar Harraz
    2019-02-18 05:52

    One of the best novels, I've ever read!This book is a serious, must-read. If you're looking for a food & fiction kind of novel, this is it!An English translation from the Welsh 'Blasu' written by the same author, I think The Seasoning had made me feel like I wanted to read all the author's other works, but sadly they are all in Welsh.I've heard of Tywyn before (which is one of the town mentioned numerous of times in the novel), although I'd never set foot there. Reading this; of the beautiful scenery described, of the prom, the spring, the winter and the landmarks, I was coaxed gently bit by bit that I'd like to visit the town someday.For me, this book hold a taste of everything. There are mysteries, a sense of families and the importance of it, motherhood, love, mental illnesses, friendship between two women of different characters and for the first part of the novel; the presentation of a girl's childhood in a traditional Welsh countryside. Everything of these are described in deep details which I truly adore the author for. In The Seasoning, I had a mixture of emotion and that had been the greateast experiences of all. I cried towards the end! I was in awe whenever Peggy and Francis, seemed so right together (a perfect image of a marriage). It tickles my taste buds with all the recipes and the cooking throughout the novel and when Jonathan entered the scene; his equal shared passion with Peggy, I thought he was one of my favourite characters after Peggy and Francis.I would recommed this book! Hurrahs to the author!

  • Annette
    2019-02-11 04:58

    The Seasonings by Manon Steffan Ros was a Goodreads first reads giveawayI found this a beautifully written, poignant and moving story. The main character is Peggy and her life if told by through the voices of people around her – her family, friends and acquaintances, as well as by herself.The first chapter introduces everyone as flashbacks in Peggy’s memory, which helps pace the narrators of each chapter. Food is featured in the story, in fact each chapter begins with a recipe. As a child she was deprived, not only of human contact, but of food. After it was apparent that her mother could not cope with her, she went to live with her grandparents, who were strangers to her. She discovered food, and throughout her life gorged on food as if it was an uncertainty and might disappear. Food and the scent of it bring back memories.She has been deeply traumatised by her mother, who in turn was affected by her parents, who cut off contact with her, although it’s not clear why. Although this affected Peggy’s life, she has no knowledge of it, so it is not in her story. She found love and was happily married, with children and friends, but was always concerned that she might have inherited the instability of her mother.I love the descriptive style it is written in. The description of the places in the book, the village and her grandparents farm are very well depicted, you can almost imagine you are there. The passage when she realises her lie is coming to an end is especially sad – a softness to the edges of life, like energy spent; colours less bright as if grey was bleeding into everything. She realises she will soon not be there, but the landscape she loves will continue. She leaves behind her memories and her recipes, so to some extent she lives on.

  • Pamela
    2019-01-24 01:38

    This was a free copy from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.A beautifully written and sensitive account of one woman's life, told through the recipes that formed a focal point of her story. Peggy has a troubled childhood, neglected and hungry, and struggles all her life to understand the events that have left their mark on her. The setting is a Welsh village but the themes of the novel are universal ones - poverty, mental illness, love, friendship and family - and are addressed without sentimentality, in a way that deeply engages the reader.Peggy's story unfolds through the eyes of others, family and friends who encounter her through the years, and each of their accounts is prefaced by a recipe that relates to the story. Food is integral to the narrative, it comforts and consoles as Peggy confronts difficulties and disappointments. I loved the vivid descriptions of the ingredients and how they reflected the events in the novel. The characters are so skilfully developed through the episodes described, especially Peggy's loving husband Francis and her friend Annie.This novel was originally written in Welsh and has now been issued in English. I am so glad it has, as it is a real gem that deserves as wide an audience as possible. I was totally gripped by this book and captivated by Peggy and the other characters. A great read.

  • Suze Lavender
    2019-02-15 08:07

    It's 2010 and Peggy's son Jonathan asks her to write down her life story. It started in 1937 with a piece of ginger cake. The young Peggy is afraid of her mother. She is a neglected child and her mother ignores her presence. After a horrible incident Peggy asks for help, because she can't take it any longer. Later her life is a lot happier, but she can't forget the past.Peggy's unusual appearance and low weight are something that doesn't go unnoticed. She loves food and can never stop eating, but she's really thin. A better period starts for her when she's almost an adult and Peggy is free to go wherever she likes. As she loves her work in the village shop she stays in Llanegryn and marries the shop owner. With him Peggy can be herself, but her past keeps influencing her present...Every person who plays an important role in her life also has a recipe to share. Food and people are always related in Peggy's world. Peggy is eccentric. Her looks are peculiar, her behavior is strange and her relationship with food isn't just one filled with love. Peggy has a darker side and slowly the truths are being revealed. They are alternated with delicious food in the form of recipes from people who love Peggy. I enjoyed that very much. It made me fall in love with this book straight away. The warmth of the people is visible through the food they like to eat.I love the recipes in The Seasoning. They are simple with fresh ingredients and easy instructions. For me the food made the story. There's no Peggy without something to eat. The recipes made my mouth water. The deliciousness of food in combination with the difficult topic of mental illness and the consequences of living with someone who's suffering from it is a daring combination. I think it worked really well in Peggy's case and Manon Steffan Ros is such a talented author. I was glued to my seat, I couldn't stop reading. At the same time I wanted to start cooking, but I couldn't put the book away and wanted to finish the story even more. The Seasoning is a book filled with delightful contrasts, which is what I loved about it. I highly recommend this fantastic book. I can't praise it enough, it's one of those hidden gems, a book to treasure and to read again and again. My advice is to read this book from cover to cover first and then read it again more slowly by making the recipes one by one to eat while reading their corresponding chapters. I think that would be a unique experience and it's one I'm definitely going to explore.

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  • Menna
    2019-01-28 03:37

    Stori hyfryd am fenyw, ei theulu a'i chymuned.Pegi yw'r prif gymeriad yma ac mae Steffan-Ros yn ein tywys ni o hamgylch ei bywyd mewn ffordd hollol hudolus. Do'n i ddim eisiau hwn i orffen!

  • Cel Jel
    2019-02-19 03:55

    Life in a small village in Wales, stories around one person whose childhood and adult life was in this village. From sadness to joy, with characters who a living, or damaged, this books reflects lots of different experiences in life, but so well threaded to show unconditional love, redemption, and hope for future life to be different from historical life.

  • Kirstin
    2019-01-29 01:39

    Bought while on holiday in North Wales and this is a delightful read. The story of a village in Snowdonia through the times, mainly centred on Peggy and each chapter is told by a different person at a different time. It's about love, loss, friendships, mental illness but mostly about food - cakes, iceceams, stews and as a wee bonus the recipes are included as well.

  • Alice de Sampaio Kalkuhl
    2019-02-22 06:43

    Telling the story of a village is difficult but reading "The Seasoning" is like being there. The book is great and provides a beautiful, yet melancholic perspective on Snowdonia.

  • Jody
    2019-02-06 03:05

    Review first posted on my blog 'A Spoonful of Happy Endings': http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...'The Seasoning' is a story spread out over several decades, starting in 1937 and ending around 2010, and focusing on main character Peggy. Set in a village in Snowdonia, young girl Peggy is struggling to take care of her mother and herself. After a horrible accident, Peggy goes to live with her grandparents which is the start of some changes in her life. As a reader, we get to follow Peggy and the people close to her, watch her grow up and make changes that affect both her and the people around her. I don't want to give away too much about the plotline of 'The Seasoning', because I truly believe it's a story you just need to read and experience for yourself. Author Megan Steffan Ros originally wrote the novel in Welsh and this is the English translation of the book. I'd love to be able to read the original, because I'm sure it's even more powerful, but Welsh is unfortunately not one of my strong points! The novel primarily focuses on main character Peggy and her life in a smal village in Snowdonia from roughly 1937 until 2010. Food plays an important role in her life and this specifically comes back in the book in the form of recipes at the start of each chapter. Each person that somehow played an important role in Peggy's life is linked to a recipe in the book, and each recipe is the start of a new chapter told from the perspective of a different character. In that way, the story is told from various different points of view which is an approach I loved and have never come across before in a novel. Manon Steffan Ros is a talented author who really blew me away with her writing. The Welsh setting reminded me personally of all the lovely times I've had in Wales, but the story as a whole also really touched me. I want to give a special thanks to publisher Honno for sending me a review copy of this book; I'm really glad I got the chance to read it! 'The Seasoning' is a beautifully written and touching work of fiction, unlike anything else I've read before; undoubtedly worth picking up!

  • Michelle
    2019-02-02 02:46

    This was a free copy from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.This book was written in Welsh originally and has now been issued in English. Food, recipes and ingredients are an integral part of the book and are a central part of the main,character, Peggy's life which is reflected in the recounts of the other characters. I was completely hooked by this book and captivated by Peggy and the other characters.The book is set in a Welsh village. Many issues occur throughout the novel things such as - love, mental illness, poverty, friendship and family and although they are presented quite factually this does not impede the reader from feeling empathy towards the characters. Peggy has led a rich and fulfilling life yet she can not fathom the way in which some life events have affected her. I feel compelled to try some of the recipes within the book! A great read.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-07 02:57

    I can't tell you how delightful this novel is! I was enchanted from the first chapter. The story starts exactly as the preview describes, with Peggy's son Jonathan handing her a blank book and asks her to write her story. The next chapter starts with a recipe and is from a different person's point of view. Every subsequent chapter is the same, all different recipes (the food which somehow makes an appearance in the chapter) and all different people's points of view. The chapters work in chronological order and the readers get to know their leading lady, Peggy, from the perspectives of those her life has come in contact with. Great, thought out structure. Wonderfully imperfect characters. I loved it!

  • LindyLouMac
    2019-02-05 01:49

    A local setting which made it of particular interest.Originally published as 'Blasu' now translated from the Welsh language. This gentle but sad story located locally was of particular interest to me as it mentioned so many places I know. The protagonist is Peggy and her life story unfolds as different members of the village community that she grew up in, narrate a section of the novel. The contrast of sharing recipes along side the difficult subject of mental illness is a bold one but it works. https://lindyloumacbookreviews.blogsp...

  • Terry
    2019-02-07 07:42

    This is the story of Peggy from a small Welsh village, the product of a single mother who suffers from depression. Peggy is severely neglected by her mother but has the wherewithal to go to a neighbor and ask for help. This in turn leads to Peggy finally meeting her maternal grandparents for the first time and being raised by them while her mother is sent to an asylum. Each chapter of the book is told from the perspective of someone who has been impacted by Peggy's life and each chapter has a recipe attached to it that has something to do with each of these people.I thought the author wrote with sensitivity and thoughtfulness and I enjoyed this novel very much.

  • Helen
    2019-02-12 01:03

    Gwych. Wedi mwynhau'n fawr iawn!Delightful. Beautifully written, nicely constructed. Tempted to try some of the recipes which are the hooks for parts of the story! This is the story of one woman's life, remembered through the eyes mainly of others, with a significant recipe connected with each memory. It is set in a small rural community in Meirionnydd. In some ways it is quite a traditional novel, and the ghost of Caradog Prichard is not far away (the Denbigh Asylum seems to have cast a long shadow over Welsh literature). There's a twist at the end which I hadn't foreseen. Excellent!

  • Janet
    2019-02-09 04:43

    This book is filled with relatable characters and circumstances. The descriptive language kept me engaged the whole 268 pages, and has me wanting to learn more about Welsh culture. My only negative observation was that most of the male characters had similar voices, and only a few characters had any depth at all.

  • susan murray
    2019-02-23 01:41

    Won from good readsReally enjoyed this book starts from when Peggy was a girl and not a good start in life and a neighbour helps her. The village life how they get on through the years also how their lives entwine.It goes through all the years to the final destination and I really liked the recipes that popped up . Tried the ice cream recipe came out a treat will be making that again.

  • Rubab Mirza
    2019-01-24 08:01

    A wonderful and unforgettable book. A true feast.