The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs

The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs

Book - 2006
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This story of two men locked in a war of wills that threatens their very existence is vintage Irvine Welsh. Troubled restaurant inspector Danny Skinner is on a quest to find the mysterious father his mother will not identify. Unraveling this hidden information is the key to understanding the crippling compulsions that threaten to wreck his young life. His ensuing journey takes him from the festival city of Edinburgh to the foodie city of San Francisco. But the hard-drinking, womanizing Skinner has a strange nemesis in the form of mild-mannered fellow inspector Brian Kibby. It is Skinner's unfathomable, obsessive hatred of Kibby that takes over everything, threatening to destroy not only Skinner and his mission but also those he loves most dearly. When Kibby contracts a horrific, undiagnosable illness, Skinner understands that his destiny is inextricably bound to that of his hated rival, and he is faced with a terrible dilemma. Irvine Welsh's work is a transgressive parable about the great obsessions of our time: food, sex, and celebrity.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393064537
0393064530
Branch Call Number: FICTION Welsh
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 22 cm

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Yachtny Dec 17, 2013

I woud echo Eviltrav's comments. If you are a fan of Irvine Welsh you will enjoy the book immensely as the usual elements are here: diverse story lines that ultimately converge; varied narrators that fill out the characters, interesting characters and situations, use of dialect/accent and (for me at least) plenty of references to the eighties reminding me of growing up in Thatcher era Britain.

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Eviltrav
Jan 18, 2011

This not a book for everyone - if strong language and adult situations bother you, put this down and run a mile. If you however enjoyed the author's other work you will also get a great deal of enjoyment from this novel.

It is perhaps a little harder to get into than some of Welsh's earlier work - and some aspects of the story I wasn't entirely convinced by - all the same I could not put this book down.

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