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"Stanley Park" with Timothy

In “Stanley Park,” Timothy Taylor’s critically acclaimed debut novel, a restaurant kitchen serves as the bustling backdrop for three inextricably linked and unforgettable characters. Today, the author visits with Martha to summarize the plot, read an excerpt from the book, and explain his research process (Timothy has never actually worked in a professional kitchen).

As the story unfolds, we meet Jeremy Papier, a talented young chef who runs his own bistro in Vancouver. There, as Timothy explains, Jeremy exclusively uses local ingredients to produce his signature fare. However, when Jeremy’s labor of love runs into financial trouble, he turns to old family friend Dante Beale, who runs a national chain of coffee houses. The two soon find that their philosophies on local community differ greatly. Distressed by Dante’s increasing involvement at, and financial control over, the bistro, Jeremy reconnects with his father, an anthropologist researching the homeless community in nearby Stanley Park. During the course of the events that subsequently unfold, Jeremy, who has traditionally shunned his father’s work, discovers that he and his father have more in common than he had ever imagined.

Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor

“Stanley Park” (Alfred A. Knopf, March 2001; $21.95)