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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Tipsy Man Goes Naked is a collection of quirky and intriguing short stories penned by author Melody R. Green and thematically subtitled ‘Love Tales and Recipes’. The combination of both the notion of love and the sensations, aromas, and tastes associated with food are explored in a clean but sensual way to connect us to the physical world. The book is arranged with a series of recipes at different potential mealtimes of the day, and these are interspersed with tales from different cultures that examine relationships, heartbreak and the sensation of love at different times of the day. The collection consists of seven major sections, progressing from the early morning to a very late supper in the titular story at the end.
Using an unusual and inventive format for a short story collection, author Melody R. Green steps back from the narration and introduces us to her central ‘character’ in the Muse of Aroma and Taste, who introduces philosophical concepts about the connections between food and love and provides a nice cohesion between stories and sections. My favorite, culturally especially, was the Dinner section, and the story of The Spice Trader’s Daughter for its sensual description and atmospheric qualities. The recipes themselves also look really nice and would be an excellent way to remember the tales in a sensory fashion after or even during reading. Overall, A Tipsy Man Goes Naked is well worth a read for fans looking for a unique take on short stories, and those who enjoy cross-cultural and sensual clean fiction.