The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs

The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publisher: Random House
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2009-06-04
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1407018264

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At Edinburgh's Department of Environmental Health, hard-drinking, womanising officer Danny Skinner wants to uncover secrets: 'the bedroom secrets of the master chefs', secrets he believes might just help him understand his self-destructive impulses. But the arrival of the virginal, model-railway enthusiast Brian Kibby at the department provokes an uncharacteristic response in Skinner, and threatens to throw his mission off course. Consumed by loathing for his nemesis, Skinner enacts a curse, and when Kibby contracts a horrific and debilitating mystery virus, Skinner understands that their destinies are supernaturally bound, and he is faced with a terrible dilemma.

The Digested Read

The Digested Read
Author: John Crace
Publisher: RDR Books
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2005-12
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781571431592

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Literary ombudsman John Crace never met an important book he didn't like to deconstruct. From Salman Rushdie to John Grisham, Crace retells the big books in just 500 bitingly satirical words, pointing his pen at the clunky plots, stylistic tics and pretensions of Big Ideas, as he turns publishers' golden dream books into dross.

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2007-09-17
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0393343669

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Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting, is up to his old tricks with his new work of transgressive short fiction. Irvine Welsh's first short-story collection since his debut work The Acid House presents five extraordinary stories, which remind us that he is a master of the short form, a brilliant storyteller, and—unarguably—one of today's funniest and most subversive writers. In "Rattlesnakes" three young Americans, lost in the desert, are accosted by two armed Mexicans. A Korean chef and a Chicago socialite find themselves connected through the disappearance of a pooch named Toto in "The D.O.G.S. of Lincoln Park." And in the title story, Mickey Baker—an ex-pat English bar owner living on the Costa Brava—tries to keep all of his balls in the air: maintaining his barmaid's weight at the sexual maximum, attending to the youthful Persephone, and dodging his ex-wife and Spanish gangsters. In typically Welshian fashion, the characters and settings are anything but typical. These stories will make you laugh and gasp.

Trainspotting

Trainspotting
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2002
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780393057249

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"The best book ever written by man or woman...deserves to sell more copies than the Bible."--Rebel, Inc.

Marabou Stork Nightmares

Marabou Stork Nightmares
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 292
Release: 1997
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780393315639

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While lying in a coma in an Edinburgh hospital, Roy Strang experiences strange hallucinatory adventures that recount how he came to be in his current state, from his struggles with his disturbed family to a bizarre quest in Africa.

Skagboys

Skagboys
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 543
Release: 2012-09-17
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0393088731

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Chronicles the misadventures of Mark Renton and his friends as they cope with economic uncertainties, family problems, drug use, and the opposite sex in 1980s Edinburgh.

Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse

Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse
Author: Frederic Morin
Publisher: Knopf
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2018-11-27
Genre: Cooking
ISBN: 1524732303

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A new cookbook/survival guide/love letter to Montreal for these apocalyptic times, from the James Beard Award–nominated culinary adventurists and proprietors of the beloved restaurant, Joe Beef. “The first Joe Beef cookbook changed forever what a cookbook could be. Anything that came after had to take it into account. Now, with this latest and even more magnificent beast, the rogue princes of Canadian cuisine and hospitality show us the way out of the numbing, post-apocalyptic restaurant Hell of pretentiousness and mediocrity that threatens to engulf us all. It makes us believe that the future is shiny, bright, beautiful, delicious—and probably Québécois. This book will change your life.” —Anthony Bourdain It’s the end of the world as we know it. Or not. Either way, you want Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse in your bunker and/or kitchen. In their much-loved first cookbook, Frédéric Morin, David McMillan, and Meredith Erickson introduced readers to the art of living the Joe Beef way. Now, they’re back with another deeply personal, refreshingly unpretentious collection of more than 150 new recipes, some taken directly from the menus of Fred and Dave’s acclaimed Montreal restaurants, others from summers spent on Laurentian lakes and Sunday dinners at home. Think Watercress Soup with Trout Quenelles, Artichokes Bravas, and seasonal variations on Pot-au-Feu—alongside Smoked Meat Croquettes, a Tater Tot Galette, and Squash Sticky Buns. Also included are instructions for making your own soap and cough drops, not to mention an epic 16-page fold-out gatefold with recipes and guidance for stocking a cellar with apocalyptic essentials (Canned Bread, Pickled Pork Butt, and Smoked Apple Cider Vinegar) for throwing the most sought-after in-bunker dinner party Filled with recipes, reflections, and ramblings, in this book you’ll find chapters devoted to the Québécois tradition of celebrating Christmas in July, the magic of public television, and Fred and Dave’s unique take on barbecue (Burnt-End Bourguignon, Cassoulet Rapide), as well as ruminations on natural wine and gluten-free cooking, and advice on how children should behave at dinner. Whether you’re holing up for a zombie holocaust or just cooking at home, Joe Beef is a book about doing it yourself, about making it on your own, and about living—or at least surviving—in style.

Creating Chefs

Creating Chefs
Author: Carol W. Maybach
Publisher: Lyons Press
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2005-11
Genre: Cooking
ISBN: 9781592287673

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The intoxicating beauty of food and the irrepressible desire to create luxurious cuisine led a young woman to abandon her life in academia for culinary school. But the richness she discovered there was not limited to methods of cooking. With a camera and tape recorder in one hand and a saute pan in the other, Carol W. Maybach recorded recipes and lessons, photographed the simple beauty of food, and captured the wisdom and cooking secrets of her chef instructors in their own words. In Creating Chefs, readers learn how to prepare basic and more complex dishes through the eyes of a student. Each recipe comes complete with notes from the chef instructor, emphasising the crucial points of preparation. Original illustrations not only provide a peek into a student notebook as if the recipes were presented in class but also help readers to master technique. Every passionate cook, beginner and professional alike, will cherish Creating Chefs.

Ecstasy

Ecstasy
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 292
Release: 1996
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780393315813

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A bestsellig romance author suffers a paralyzing stroke and her philandering husband wonders how this will affect his gambling and whoring budget; two young lovers must come to terms with their chemically induced deformity; Lloyd from Leith transfigures his passion for an unhappily married woman. These three tales confirm Irvine Welsh's position as a master of the "chemical" romance genre.

Glue

Glue
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2001-05-17
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0393343677

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An epic novel about the bonds of friendship from the author of Trainspotting. The story of four boys growing up in the Edinburgh projects, Glue is about the loyalties, the experiences, and the secrets that hold friends together through three decades. The boys become men: Juice Terry, the work-shy fanny-merchant, with corkscrew curls and sticky fingers; Billy the boxer, driven, controlled, playing to his strengths; Carl, the Milky Bar Kid, drifting along to his own soundtrack; and the doomed Gally, exceedingly thin-skinned and vulnerable to catastrophe at every turn. We follow their lives from the seventies into the new century—from punk to techno, from speed to E. Their mutual loyalty is fused in street morality: Back up your mates, don't hit women, and, most important, never snitch—on anyone. Glue has the Irvine Welsh trademarks—crackling dialogue, scabrous set pieces, and black, black humor—but it is also a grown-up book about growing up—about the way we live our lives, and what happens to us when things become unstuck. "Stocked with his usual quirky, sympathetic characters, this rollicking new tale sparkles with the writer's trademark satiric wit. Its heft and narrative breadth should convince any remaining skeptics that Welsh—now effectively the grand old man of in-your-face Scottish fiction—is a writer to be taken seriously."—Publishers Weekly starred review