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So, You Think You're A Celebrity ...Chef?

You don't need to be a culinary professional to get a kick out of this book. Caroline James, the author, does have that background but it's her wry sense of humour that gives this book such wide appeal.

For those of us who are on nodding terms with chefs there is a
Caroline Jameslayer of reality that veneers the story line. I remember when I was a kid listening to Radio London pirate radio illicitly under the covers. I could never get the transistor to quite tune in. When the ship’s captain gave his broadcast to the Dutch families back home it almost sounded like English. Well it's a bit like that with Caroline's book So, You Think You're A Celebrity ...Chef? One feels that one knows that chef to whom Caroline is referring …probably, with that name that almost fits the real-life celeb. And that other character: is that the obnoxious wannabe that is a fixture of every food event? And who is that flamboyant agent? All the names are on the tip of one’s tongue …or are they? This volume is another candidate for that disclaimer, ‘All characters in this novel are fictitious. Any resemblance to anyone living is coincidental. All names have been changed to protect the innocent.’

The characters are writ large but probably no larger than their 3D inspirations. There is a slew of what might be called 'product placements' that adds still more to the sense of reality. Caroline mentions restaurants, designer labels, London neighbourhoods and sandwich fillings that paint a picture of life in a wacky segment of the food industry.

So, You Think You're A Celebrity ...Chef? is a rollicking good read. Caroline James has a quick wit and amusing turn of phrase. There are laugh-out-loud moments, but dip into this light novel and you will be wearing a smile, and sometimes a smirk, from the first page.

Author: Caroline James
Published by: ThornBerry Publishing
ISBN 9781909734104

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