If you like well-written fantasy and humour, this is the book for you. Recommended to me by a children’s librarian, I laughed out loud several times, and yet it was also very sad too. A familiar set-up – an elf, a dragon, an orphan, and a prophecy to save the world, but an original execution of this plot – which I thought was wonderful. As an adult science fiction/ fantasy fan, it was great to be surprised by children’s fantasy fiction. Delightful!
A very angry cook wrote the iconoclastic Kitchen Confidential about the underbelly of the New York restaurant scene in the 1980s and 1990s, published in 2000. It made Anthony Bourdain a star. I loved that book. This is the follow-up. He’s older and wiser and less angry, or at least he’s more self-aware and philosophical about it. He writes the way he talks – which will be familiar if you’ve watched his TV show, No Reservations. This book is about how Kitchen Confidential utterly changed his life, opening up the world to him. He tells great stories, in a wry and humourous tone, and I was only sorry that the book ended – I would’ve been happy to keep reading.
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