Still cooking

Yet another is the culinary image: take Tobias Smollett, stew him in his own juice, reduce, mix in some finely chopped Poe, season with Patti Smith and serve with late Henry James.
This is from Tom Payne's article Circle of Cliches. He goes on to list many of the words we read in book reviews and book blurbs, many of which only appear in those places.

I read a book blurb last summer that stated that the book was "an Oscar-worthy wonder, starring a cast easy to care about and impossible to forget." Sadly, that line was the only unforgettable thing about the book.

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