The Forgotten Flavour of Joy

Commercial Fiction, Fiction

Small islands and big dreams, ghosts and cooks

On a stormy night in 1913, on a small Swedish island, the talented young cook Anna-Greta Olsson jumps to her death and is promptly forgotten. This changes, though, one hundred years later when unemployed and hapless chef Leif Söderberg is hired for the old hotel on the island. Strange things have been going on ever since the new owners bought the hotel, especially in the kitchen, and the business is on the verge of collapse.

That is until Leif works out that it is Anna-Greta’s ghost that has been wreaking havoc and decides to join forces with her. The historic hotel is saved – as, in the process, is Leif’s love of cooking and self-confidence. While also Anna-Greta’s mysterious death is solved and, finally, her soul can find the peace for which it has been longing.

  • Includes recipes for readers to recreate
  • ‘Chocolat’ meets ‘Ghost’
Lars Simon

Lars Simon was born in '68 (which may explain a lot, but not everything); after his studies, he spent many long years working as marketing manager of an IT company before moving to Sweden, where he resided as a tourist artisan in a wooden house with his family for more than six years. He has recently returned to live in the Frankfurt area.

The Forgotten Flavour of Joy

Small islands and big dreams, ghosts and cooks

On a stormy night in 1913, on a small Swedish island, the talented young cook Anna-Greta Olsson jumps to her death and is promptly forgotten. This changes, though, one hundred years later when unemployed and hapless chef Leif Söderberg is hired for the old hotel on the island. Strange things have been going on ever since the new owners bought the hotel, especially in the kitchen, and the business is on the verge of collapse.

That is until Leif works out that it is Anna-Greta’s ghost that has been wreaking havoc and decides to join forces with her. The historic hotel is saved – as, in the process, is Leif’s love of cooking and self-confidence. While also Anna-Greta’s mysterious death is solved and, finally, her soul can find the peace for which it has been longing.

  • Includes recipes for readers to recreate
  • ‘Chocolat’ meets ‘Ghost’
Bibliographic Data
352 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-28999-3
First published 2022