Then his friend Ollie takes Leo to the Birches, a diner managed by Dock the cook and two lesbian waitresses. Dock’s food is nothing complicated, muffins, omelettes, sandwiches, but it’s done with love and a special alchemy, and everything becomes special. Dock loves what he does, and loves to share it with his friends. Dock’s food is simple and open like the man himself, and if you like something, it’s enough to ask, like with Dock. At the beginning I thought there was something magical in Dock, but in the end, I arrived to the idea that Dock is magic since he has no substrates, he is what you see, and that is something not common in today world. It’s not that Dock has no ambition, it’s only that he doesn’t believe perfection is the answer to everything, something the most imperfect things are the most satisfying.
There is a lot of the old fashioned metaphor of sex like food, of pleasure of the senses, all five senses, and yes, some health rule would probably question the use of the kitchen that Dock has, but where is the pleasure if you don’t break some rules; and then it’s so nice to see Dock taking Leo down from his pedestal and dirtying him a little.
Basically Leo is a good kid, but he is really young; that with Dock is maybe the love story of his life, or maybe is only a step in his path towards adulthood, but in a way or the other, Dock is a good medicine, and it will serve him to ease up a lot of the stress he bottled in the last few years so that, even his cooking will be better.
Amazon Kindle: The Birches
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications (October 24, 2011)
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