PROSATIO SILBAN ONCE MINISTERED TO the souls of the Uulian Commonwell’s faithful. But now, his heartfelt devotion is to tend the palates and gullets he encounters on his journeys as a mercenary cook. Inspired by J.A. Brillat-Savarin’s The Physiology of Taste and the Dreamlands stories of H.P. Lovecraft, these tales are part culinary tour and part spiritual adventure. Join the Cook For Any Price on his strange and episodic quest to serve the epicurean wealthy, the bowl-of-beans poor, and everyone in between.
NEW!! Volume Two, More Commonwell Tales, is now available! It’s back to the Exilic Lands for our dauntless and resourceful holyman-turned-chef, where he seeks rewards both profitable and profound in a world unlike any you’ve ever visited.
See what readers are saying:
Ransom Stephens, author of The Book of Bastards
“Sometimes you just need to let someone else deal with the BS of life. … Prosatio Silban is the man for the job!
“This intrepid chef travels a world that reminds you of places you’ve been, places you’d like to go, and places you’d prefer to avoid. With his old-school (really old) food truck, he achieves a view of the world (well, a world in a different time and a different place (a very different time and place)) that’s sort of like Norman Rockwell would have had, if he’d been in that very different time and place. All the while, he leaves your mouth watering with recipe ideas! Semi-seriously, it’s sort of like Patrick Rothfuss meets Julia Child.
“Our intrepid cook has what it takes. He never gives up, doesn’t know the name of surrender! But, you know, now and then, there’s a better, less bitter, way out than the obvious.
“Plus, this guy Neal Ross Attinson? He can write. I mean he can string a sentence together so well that you wonder, how the hell does the publishing industry not go to his house, kidnap him, set him in a chair, and force him to crank out pithy novels for 7% of the net? They’d make a fortune!”
Alana Dill, cover artist
“They are very refreshing, and require attention and thought. Not popcorn reading!”
“Right below your ebook are examples of other 5-star reviewed documents priced at $9.99. … it is how much I would value your work.”
“Heartwarming and a great reminder of the value of kindness. Thank you for writing them.”
“… It’s an entire world. Gods, countries, foods, drinks, cultures, critters, beliefs, oddly, I can smell the inside of Prosatio’s wagon. I know what Onward feels like and how he sounds. I can taste yava, and don’t EVEN get me started on the Flickering Gods! (Ok, maybe a little) flickering… FLICKERING!!! Holy moly!!! Is that a dead on description or WHAT?!?!?!? I want to sit down on a wooden bench with Prosatio and share cooking stories and recipes, tales of near misses and lost loves, drink brandy and laugh over silly adventures, plan imaginary banquets for our heroes and discuss the best way to keep harness galls from affecting buopoths. I want to be his friend and travel around with him asking “With what may I please you?” to folks and then cooking for those hungry people. I want to hear a hushed and fervent “We affirm!” after a miraculous event and feel the goosebumps on my own skin because I witnessed said event too. I want… I want to go live in that world.”
“The scenes are so descriptive, I can picture the surrounds and events clearly and the stories are great entertainment. Keep up the fantastic works!”
“They are well written. They flow well. They are bite sized nuggets of creamy goodness. They whet my appetite and left me wanting for more. They ‘caught’ me. You have something here. You have a gift for writing and a grand world and character worthy of that world that you have created. It would be a shame if these did not see wider distribution. Keep them coming. Please.”
… and an interview with the author: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/rebnachum