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Chop Chop

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Staff Review: "Chop Chop" by Simon Wroe


Fans of Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" will enjoy this fictionalized account of restaurant life in London. The protagonist stumbles into a restaurant job after he is unable to find work with his English literature degree. He is given menial kitchen tasks and christened "Monocle" by his crude coworkers. His boss is a sadistic tyrant who enjoys punishing his employees by locking them in the walk-in cooler or pouring scalding caramel on their hands. But Monocle has demons of his own, and struggles with his family relationships as he learns how to survive in the restaurant business. There are some dark and twisted moments, but also plenty of humor. The author captures all of the grit and glory of kitchen life, and at times the book seems more like a real-life account of kitchen life rather than a novel.

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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