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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 layer
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
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