Reviews for The Raw and the Cooked
thecakethief chapter 1 . 7/31/2009
i am thoroughly enjoying this story already and im only on the first chapter!

Marek is adorable, Jackson's stubborn, and the bay leaf was a wonderful metaphor as well as a line to get the chapter together!

woot woot, looking forward to reading more!
Blithe Lee chapter 12 . 7/20/2009
They're adorable. :)

This has been a great way to spend a pretty dreary Monday. I'll be going through your other fics when I feel up to tackling the huge word counts.
Blithe Lee chapter 4 . 7/20/2009
I love this line because it defines Marek in a lot of ways:

Marek is fed up, honestly, with self-suffiency and independence.

Also, I haven't mentioned this yet-I'm really liking the cooking theme, especially the treatment of the ingredients that begins most of the chapters. It's a great way to show part of who Marek is and also who Jackson is, since his chapter seems oddly blank without the running commentary on wild plants and recipes.
Blithe Lee chapter 3 . 7/20/2009
You do a great job of portraying Marek, both on his own merit and with Jackson's perspective. It's really clear how judgmental Jackson is but also that he's not so judgmental that he's a total jackass.
Blithe Lee chapter 1 . 7/20/2009
Oh I love this! I found out about the Sweet Revolution Awards thing just today, started going through the list, was directed here and I nearly died of happiness because fictionpress tends to have this little all-in-the-family type thing going on where a lot of the good slash writers all love each other but nobody takes the effort so much to prowl fictionpress for good slash OUTSIDE of that massive circle. Including me, though I don't write and tell. AND within that circle it's hard to find people who are legitimately good at writing stories (I adore zebbie to bits and pieces and think d'Neronique's hilarious but that's about it). And wow have I rambled-the point is that this is amazing and I can tell that I am going to love this very much and I no longer need to despair of never being able to find another good slash work ever again.

Also, Marek and Jackson just about break my heart in the opening chapter alone and I don't even know them very well yet! Lovely job.
MomoInsane chapter 12 . 7/10/2009
I really wanted to hit Jackson. With a SPOON.

Besides that, I am really hungry now. This is bad, as I'm am alone and dependent on my own cooking right at the mo. Which I CAN do, I just can't food shop. But I am really longing for pear clafouti. And plums, and September, when the apples start to ripen. And wondering about the wild garlic - we have something called ramsl√łg, which I think means 'pungent onion'? They grow wild in big big patches in beech woods, and if the wind and temperature is right, you can easily smell that strong onion smell, passing by. They have greenish-white flowers. Are these the same? I've always wanted to try cooking them, but didn't know how...
Aime Atem chapter 12 . 4/24/2009
Wow! This is marvelous! At first, when reading it, I was slightly worried that the food jargon might get a little too advanced (or amybe a little too simplistic), but you wrote at a perfect intensity. Thanks for the marvelous story!
cam chapter 2 . 4/22/2009
Marek is too cute! :D :D
cam chapter 1 . 4/22/2009
Oh God, this was so well written!
Sumire Cherise chapter 12 . 3/22/2009
This was so well researched! All the cooking and plant inserts set a really great precedence for each chapter ] Thoroughly enjoyed that.
Lexy-Kun chapter 12 . 3/14/2009
Very surprising story, I wonder how the idea came to you to use food to describe a relationship. A little overwhelming at the beginning, it gets some getting used to, but the result is very good.

I really liked it. You handled it very well, you wrote a love story through food and cooking, and it works. I find that pretty amazing, well done !

What was pretty disturbing for me is that Marek's description really reminds me a lot of a friend of mine that I just can't relate to anything romantic, so I had a hard time trying to separate the image of those two in my mind.

Anyway, it's a very very good story, and I love the fact that there's a hint at the end to the fact that they're not stuck in one "role", but that they... "turn and turn about" as you say. I don't know, it's just that for me those kind of relationship seems a lot more balanced that the kind when they each have a specific role, but what do I know about it huh?

So, point is : I really liked it. Oh, and I was glad to see there was a Francophile in the story, and to hear about clafoutis (my mom used to make clafoutis all the time when I was a child). Though most french songs don't have any accordeon in it, I'm not sure where that image came from... maybe a lot of our old, traditional and maybe forgotten by my generation songs and musics have accordeons ? It must be, I'll have to try and listen to some less contemporary french music. Maybe it's just that we don't know enough about our own culture anymore ?

Okay, time to stop rambling. Thank you for this story, it was a real treat. The emotions were all very well conveyed, it was really painful to read about Marek's hurt feelings. Once again, well done and thank you.
frogs of war chapter 12 . 3/13/2009
This doesn't really end. Or maybe it slipped away rather than closed.

Flowers and plants and food. I enjoyed plant history and the menus, even the ones I'd never eat. I loved their relationship told through food.
Cattails chapter 12 . 3/9/2009
They ended up together! Yay! :D I loved that ending. They are so cute together... I wonder if Jackson's cousins will be able to come over to America, then? Hmm... Argh, this story has made hungry and crave tomatoes... As you probably already know, I loved all the food references which created themes for the chapters It was pretty fascinating. And I just found out that there's a book called "The Raw and the Cooked"...although I'm not sure what it's about...probably something to do with myths or sociology...O.o But anyway. I loved this. It filled me with warm fuzzies
jshortcake chapter 12 . 3/8/2009
I love how you set up each chapter with a random fact about food.

And I like food. And the San Francisco Bay area (unfortunately I live in LA county). And Marek.

Had to read this in one sitting because it was so good. Thanks for writing it, it made my day. :)
mandrake-o chapter 12 . 3/4/2009
Loved, loved, loved this story. )

And I agree most with your parting statement. No one likes to read past the happy ending, it's boring. That's why stories end there. They can't end in the conflict, because you still feel like something's supposed to happen. But as soon as you hit the resolution that's it. Why do you need to go any further?

My only criticism: You missed out my favourite month of November and I only just noticed. Lol.

) Mandraco.
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