The Decent Ingredient receives fantastic reviews
May 25th, 2016
The Decent Ingredient by Leena Parkkinen receives fantastic reviews

"If you are at all interested in food, love, secret agents or greatly told stories, you really ought to read Leena Parkkinen’s Decent Ingredient. Parkkinen’s third novel is so delicious that it can be predicted to be named by many as the best Finnish read of the year." Aamulehti

“From the first page onwards, I became absorbed in that almost unbearably pleasurable reading frenzy that Parkkinen served in the world and characters she created. The Decent Ingredient was a sinfully good novel, the reading of which you cannot stop once you’ve begun. […] The big themes of the book – friendship, love, sexuality, motherhood, gender roles, social class divide and even some aspects of the Finnish post-war political landscape – are bound by a shared love for food. The Decent Ingredient is an exhilarating praise for gastronomy […] In the novel, food means everything. It reflects love, freedom, life, joy and fears, it contains secret messages, and makes The Decent Ingredient such a dazzling and enchanting book that I can easily declare that I have just read one of the best Finnish novels of the year.” P.S. I love books -blog

“Parkkinen is at her best when she describes the relationships between people. Saara’s clinging to Elisabeth is moving. And Elisabeth’s ruthlessness is annoying. The longing of two women’s bodies for one another has been beautifully depicted.” Helena Ruuska / Helsingin Sanomat

“Leena Parkkinen is one of those writers whose text you are allowed to expect a lot of. And she does not fail you this time, either. The Decent Ingredient is a multi-layered story that must be carefully read, up until the last clause, in order to understand everything that Parkkinen is telling us.” Etelä-Saimaa