A brilliant, foul-mouthed, hysterically visceral book about professional cooking. Full to the gills with drinking, drugs, terrible injuries, terrible people, bad sex, bad food and all kinds of illegality; all written about in the most engagingly hilarious way.
Reading it had me overcome with laughter, wincing at the damage to people & their relationships and feeling a bit sick at some of the things done with food to get it out on the restaurant floor on time.
What started as a rollicking pure-entertainment read turned unexpectedly tender towards the end- and all the better for it. I’m glad the writer survived: it didn’t always look like he would.