The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs by Irvine Welsh
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"A family saga, a revenge fantasy, a Twilight Zone-esque parable, and, most importantly, a very fun read." —Entertainment Weekly

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.
 

About Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstacy, Filth (soon to be a major motion picture), Glue, Porno, and Crime, among other works. Welsh is also producing movies and writing screenplays. A native of Edinburgh, he lives in Chicago and Miami.
 
Published May 17, 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. 401 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The dangerous symbiotic relationship embracing two profoundly different protagonists forms the core of Scottish-born Welsh's seventh novel.

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The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs by Irvine Welsh Vintage £7.99 If you could fix it so that someone else could soak up all the bad stuff for you - the hangovers, the beatings, the strife-filled days at work - would you do it, even if was a poor lookout for them?

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The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs by Irvine Welsh Jonathan Cape £10.99, pp392 Compared with the bold-faced terseness with which Irvine Welsh titled his last four novels - Ecstasy, Filth, Glue and Porno - The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs seems to ooze connotations of relaxation and su...

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Entertainment Weekly

It's like a modern-day Picture of Dorian Gray (a story that Welsh makes sure to reference), but with affecting subplots about Skinner's search for his dad (who may or may not be Alan De Fretais, the celebrity chef whose hit book and TV show lend Welsh's book its title) and Kibby's relationship w...

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USA Today

Irvine Welsh, best known for his debut novel, Trainspotting, revisits the underbelly of working-class Edinburgh in a dark novel about an obsessive, one-sided rivalry between two young restaurant inspectors.

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