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The Cook by Wayne Macauley
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Oct 16, 2011

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Recommended to Fred by: I bought it myself, no recommendations
Recommended for: people with strong stomachs who like recent Australian fiction with an edge
Read in January, 2011 — I own a copy

Bought this one with my would-be chef son in mind, and fortunately read it first. It's very entertaining, though it's often a bit hard to empathise with the protagonist. It's written as a diary, and the deliberately dodgey (read "almost non-existent") grammar is interesting while still easy to understand. Very Australian (half in the bush outside Melbourne, half in the seriously wealthy suburbs of Melb) with a good sense of place. Parts of it are really funny, but sometimes the satire gets a bit close to the bone, having a chew mostly at the world of the celebrity chef, and the business people who are a bit too rich until the GFC has its merry way with them and their dependants. I will not be passing it on to my 14 - year old - maybe the 18 year old if he's feeling like a bit of a challenge.
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Annabel Smith yes, perhaps not for early teens!


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