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Liquor by Poppy Z. Brite
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In a city where consuming alcohol in public is not only legal, it’s almost compulsory, what better theme for a restaurant than for each dish to highlight a different alcoholic beverage? This is the premise of New Orleans author Poppy Z Brite’s book Liquor, where we follow the lives of two chefs – Rickey and G-man as they make their dream a reality.

New Orleans can be a rough and ready city and the language in the kitchens is often colourful to say the least. Without a doubt, the reader feels a part of the hot, busy kitchen as the workers ‘get in the weeds’ or wind down with a drink together after service.

This is an intimate account of the realities of kitchen work and the dream of restaurant ownership with a bit of love and murder thrown in.

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