La cocinera de Castamar tells the story of an agoraphobic cook, at the house of a Spanish nobleman whose heart she conquers, against all odds. Clara, the main character, lives in her own small universe, the kitchen of Castamar, where the only windows to the outside world are the dishes she cooks with so much passion. But she also is an independent woman, who knows how to read and write and who lives on her own, in a world full of enemies and lies. The Duke of Castamar, on the other hand, is a young widower who lost his beloved wife in an accident, a modern man for his times… The characters of the novel are very beautifully drawn, the setting shows a tremendous amount of research. The recipes grant additional value to the book, inspiring us with lovely descriptions of the kitchen scenery, the smells and the ingredients of the dishes, very much in the style of Laura Esquivel’s Como agua para chocolate. Yet, at the same time, La cocinera de Castamar, with all its mysteries, intrigues and surprising twists, takes a new turn on sagas like Downton Abbe
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“A wonderful story told through the fascinating language of gastronomy”
María Dueñas, bestselling author
Anne Jacobs, bestselling author
“The book that could inspire the Spanish Downtown Abbey”
“Political intrigues, eroticism and the classic scent of the 18th century"
“The Cook of Castamar is a novel that burns in the kitchens of the Brönte sisters, Jane Austen, Dumas or Choderlos de Daclos"
“The Cook of Castamar, the secret language of 18th-century court recipes”
“Maria Dueñas certainly found another talent to match hers. Fan-tas-tic!”
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"As an editor, The Cook of Castamar has all the ingredients to be tremendously stimulating. As a reader, what can I say? I couldn’t stop reading the love story, the adventures of all the characters and the delicious erudition with which Fernando Múñez transports you through the smells and flavours of the epoch’s recipes to a universe you would not want to leave: CASTAMAR. Do not miss it. This cook will seat thousands of readers around her wonderful table!!!”
Raquel Gisbert - Planeta
"The Cook of Castamar by Fernando Múñez is a sensorial novel that will feed, your five senses. It is a novel that transports faithfully to the period to the point that you feel inside Castamar's palace, walking through its salons and gardens accompanied by its characters. You will be delighted while savouring the taste and smell of the consommés, the partridges, the sweets that Clara prepares with all her passion, you listen to the music of the time, the rustling of the ladies' clothes, the conversations of the gentlemen, horse gallops, the daily noise of the machinery that runs a manor house...
A delightful novel that allows you to live an experience beyond reading"
Lola Gulias - Planeta
Fernando J. Múñez is a writer, screenwriter and film director. In addition, he has a degree in Philosophy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a degree in Cinematography from the RockPort College International Workshop (Maine, USA).
He began his career as a filmmaker in Advertising. Since 2002, he has published about fifty books within the field of children's and young people's literature.
In 2005 he founded the production company Fenix Imagine, in which he produced and directed his first feature film: Las Nornas. With this first novel, La Cocinera de Castamar, he enters in the panorama of adult literature with a masterful work.