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I segreti erotici dei grandi chef

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Due giovani protagonisti, o per meglio dire due antagonisti, si fronteggiano nella Edimburgo del nuovo romanzo di Irvine Welsh. A legare in maniera indissolubile i destini di Danny Skinner e Brian Kibby è una catena di segreti custoditi gelosamente da molti anni, in cui si mescolano l'epoca d'oro del punk e l'alta cucina internazionale. Danny Skinner è un giovane edonista ...more
Hardcover, Narratori della Fenice, 444 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Guanda (first published 2006)
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Peter
May 16, 2007 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Susie
Contrary to the old cliche', I won't say Irving Welsh has "done it again." Rather, he has gone well beyond his standard excellent story-telling and character draughtsmanship.

In The Bedroom Securets... Welsh spins a yarn so outlandish and raucous that the laughter one expects flows early and often; yet, before one expects it, the turn of events spirals into a deadly grudge match between two odious people so unsympathetic in Welsh's portrayal, it would take a masterful writer to inculcate empathy
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Mark Rice
I'm a huge fan of Irvine Welsh at his creative best. Trainspotting, The Acid House and Porno are funny, clever and brimming with originality. The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, on the other hand, is an uninspired story devoid of Welsh's trademark witty dialogue.
Nate D
Sep 24, 2008 Nate D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have already read the better Welsh like Trainspotting and Glue.
Shelves: read-in-2008, britain
With Ulysses done, I need to read something fast, entertaining, pulpy. Thanks, Irvine Welsh.

This brow-leaping habit may be genetic. My mom apparently read Salem's Lot (King) right after Anna Karenina (Tolstoy).

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Finished. Enjoyable, but a bunch of issues make this a clumsier Welsh effort overall:
1. Guessed crux of climactic plot reveal in first 100 pages, and sort of knew how things would end.
2. There were likeable characters, but not so much the main protagonists/antagonists (okay, hardly uniq
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Nezzo
Mar 08, 2012 Nezzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Хмм, откъде да започна! Тази книга в първите си сто и нещо страници сякаш е трябвало да бъде нещо абстрахично друго, и после се е променила точно в онази посока, която прави авторите незабравимо уникални! Въпреки, че рано се досетих какво евентуално ще се окаже голямото действие, на моменти се разколебавах дали точно така ще стане, и накрая след хиляди различния, отклонения и невероятни факти се случиха точно нещата, които не трябваше да се случват. Доказателството за това колко нечестен, магиче ...more
Aaron (Typographical Era)
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First things first, in the interest of disclosure I must inform any one who happens to read this that I love the novels of Irvine Welsh. I’ve read just about everything the man has ever written from his 1993 debut “Trainspotting” forward and very rarely has he disappointed me.

That said, even if you hate Irvine Welsh, the one point you can’t argue is that man knows how to write. The main stumbling block most readers encounter when picking up his work is t
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Ashley
Jan 10, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliantly entertaining read. Welsh, the author of "Trainspotting," who was raised in a Scottish housing project, waxes poignantly and believably on life in Edinburgh as seen through the eyes of several mid to late twentysomethings, most notably "Skinner," who is the protagonist.

Raised by a "punk-rock" mother, Skinner, (conceived in the blitzkreig of her wild and crazy youth) is on a quest to locate his father, whom is evidenced to still be living, but could be any one of several different pe
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Pvw
Oct 19, 2010 Pvw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A modern update of "Dorian Gray", in which the poor victim that suffers all the traces of the protagonist's abusive drinking, drugs and sex is not a painting, but a real life colleague of his. In the beginning, our macho restaurant critic utterly resents the shy and boring Brian Kibby, who always gets promoted in front of him, because he himself suffers from a major drinking problem and Kibby is like decency incarnated. One night he can't take it any more and curses Kibby - after which he furthe ...more
Jay Hancock
It would be easy to say this is not my favorite Irvine Welsh book.
So we'll just leave it at that.
Lisa Frantz
May 13, 2017 Lisa Frantz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fucking relentless
Dane Cobain
Jul 06, 2013 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welsh is back on fine form here, and while he has written better (Marabou Stork Nightmares might well be an undiscovered modern classic), this still makes for a fantastic read. And, like most of Welsh’s work, it’s difficult to stop reading it, once the story has absorbed you – in fact, I read this as part of my 24-Hour Dyslexia Action charity readathon, and reading it from cover to cover in one sitting wasn’t a problem. It’s just the kind of story that does that to you.

Loosely speaking, it follo
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NocturnalBlaze
Aug 21, 2015 NocturnalBlaze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non fatevi ingannare dal titolo: questo libro non condivide nessun segreto erotico né parla della vita sessuale di qualsivoglia chef, per lo meno non nel dettaglio. C'è molto sesso, ci sono molti cuochi, ma sono solamente una parte di una vicenda molto più complessa che fa da contorno a questi due elementi.
Quella raccontata in questo libro è un'opposizione, quella fra un personaggio tipico dell'immaginario di questo autore, ovvero un donnaiolo dipendente da alcol, droga e violenza, opportunista
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Trisha
Sep 11, 2012 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Logan
Apr 29, 2015 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, this is NOT about the sex lives of chefs, which I was very glad to discover. To me, the title actually made me not want to read this book, tho I know the whole reason this book has this title is to draw readers in. Are there chefs in this book? Is there sex in this book? Yes, to both. But, no, it is not "about" the bedroom secrets of master chefs. And chefs aren't the main characters.

Now that that is out of the way... what this book really is is an allegory. It's about alcoholism, abu
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Carlos Panhoca Da silva
Peguei essse livro esperando a mesma atmosfera que o autor apresentou na trilogia do Trainspotting e no Filth. Na prólogo a gente tem todos os elementos lá: Show do clash, gente bêbada, drogas, sexo, etc. E aí vira um livro sobre trabalho. Sim, trabalho. Um pouco de bebidas (socialmente), umas 3 ocasiões com drogas leves e é isso. Fiquei achando que ia ser uma bosta, mas três capítulos depois eu já tava devorando o livro no bus.

Nesse livro o Welsh abandona a forma narrativa que é vista como marc
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Jack
Apr 05, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Irvine Welsh and consider him to be a sort of poet-bard for a certain broken section of society. He has a great ear and feel for dialogue. His characters are often horribly flawed, but the reader can still relate to them, sort of like that friend you no doubt have who is a bit of an asshole. You all have at least one. If you don't, then you are probably the asshole.

I don't want to get in to the scenario too much for fear of spoilers. I knock down the book a star for a few issues, such as
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Julie
Apr 03, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YES! After reading a few crapfests recently (not by this author) I am happy to report Irvine Welsh rocks me yet again.

Whenever I read Welsh I can't help but adapt his words to film in my mind. He writes really lush characters and settings that ordinarily aren't extraordinary - but he makes them so.




Rob Sherlock
Not his best book felt at times it lost its way and i think Welsh might have been in a hurry to finish the book and get onto his next book. I dont think he enjoyed writing this book and want to finish as quickly as possible.
Jozef Kindred
Page turner though don't really think was an essential part of Welsh's work.
Stephen
enjoyed welsh's dark humour in this novel about co-workers and shady side of edinburgh with the drinking and fighting but also shows a gritty side of people who maybe down on their luck
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
I am laughing at the cover because it has nothing to do with the summary.
Juan Antonio
Mar 21, 2017 Juan Antonio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encanta cómo escribe Welsh. Y me flipa como juega, retuerce y exprime a los personajes protagonistas para sacarles lo peor y lo mejor para llevarlos a extremos. Extremos que a veces pueden parecer absurdos pero que si lo piensas dos veces tienen todo el sentido del mundo.
Vince Darcangelo
http://archive.boulderweekly.com/0915...

This review originally appeared in the UBERLIST and BOULDER WEEKLY

The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs
Irvine Welsh
by Vince Darcangelo

In his new book, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, Scottish author Irvine Welsh takes us someplace he's never taken us before: the workaday world of the middle class. Whereas in previous novels Welsh's characters have run amock in Scotland's "schemes," or housing projects, in his eighth and most recent release du
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Matti Karjalainen
Luettuani Irvine Welshin "Mestarikokkien sänkykamarisalaisuuksia" (Otava, 2007) puolivälin paikkeille saakka, tajusin etten ollut ensimmäistä kertaa asialla. Olin lukenut kirjan aikaisemminkin, mutta kovin ihmeellisiä mielikuvia se ei ollut onnistunut jättämään.

Se tuntui sinänsä melko erikoiselta, sillä romaanissa oli alusta alkaen melkoinen draivi päällä: päihteet, seksi, henkinen ja fyysinen väkivalta olivat kaikki voimakkaasti läsnä, ja kaiken lisäksi eräs keskeisistä elementeistä oli maagis
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Simão Pedro
Apr 24, 2013 Simão Pedro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irvine Welsh é um dos poucos autores contemporâneos nos quais investir 20 euros num dos seus romances é um investimento seguro. Está a ver aquelas afirmações magnificamente convincentes, do género «o melhor autor dos últimos tempos», ou «ninguém escreve como este autor»? Bla, bla, bla, «o melhor da sua geração»? Bom, estes elogios não aparecem na contracapa da obra, mas li algures que Welsh é «Celine dos tempos modernos». Depois de ter lido o francês, a afirmação não se torna de todo descabida, ...more
Andrew
Jan 08, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Irvine Welsh novel I've read -- now on about page 200, about half way -- and it may be the only one I read. I did see the film version of Trainspotting, but don't remember it.

I bought this to provide relief after the grim life of Arthur Greiser, the model Nazi. Well, this book (and other Welsh novels, too, from the little I know) is a little grim, too, in a black comedic way. Unfortunately, I expect comedy no matter how black to put a smile on my face. So far, this hasn't. I r
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Selman
Dec 15, 2015 Selman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
I feel too lazy to be arsed to write a proper review, so I'll just note here a few things that comes to my mind at the moment:

- The two main characters, Skinner and Kibby, continuously made me consider and reconsider my own self, both in their attitude towards life and in their relationships (or in the latter's case, rather lack of it) with women. I find bits and pieces of myself, familiar feelings and concerns, in certain passages both belongs to Skinner and Kibby. Which was interesting and sur
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Ian Mapp
Aug 15, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tara Thai
Irvine Welsh is also the author of Trainspotting. In my opinion, since Trainspotting, none of his books have lived up to expectations…in fact, I had to drop a few in mid-reading.
This one was no exception, it didn’t live up to expectations but at least I didn’t have to put it down.
Granted it wasn’t great, it was ok…readable…it kept me entertained, which is what a book is supposed to do so it did its job. But that’s about it.
It tells the story of Danny Skinner, a Edinburgh guy, in search of his fa
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Ciara
Nov 01, 2008 Ciara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: devoted welsh fans, angry young scottish men, wry men who cynically want to read about machismo
Shelves: read-in-2008
yeah, irvine welsh wrote trainspotting, which is a movie i enjoyed when it came out when i was 18 & still had a woefully under-developed taste in cinema so that cute accents & vague sub-cultural allusions could tempt me into claiming i liked a film, & it's a book that i read because i liked the movie &, as a i recall, it didn't have much of an impression on me, though i probably pretended to like it because i didn't want to be one of those dilettantes who likes a film better than ...more
Amanda Patterson
Irvine Walsh has always been at the cutting edge of something.
He writes about all of the lost generations. He is obsessed with every habit considered bad by society. He has written about pornography, drugs, alcohol abuse, drugs, political & general corruption and more drugs.
In a stroke of genius he turns to the world’s new obsession with food and the people who make the food television channels of the world rich.
Welsh's anti-hero, Danny Skinner, is a cocaine addict, a compulsive womaniser
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