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Chop Chop [Kindle Edition]

Simon Wroe
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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* * * SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD * * *



Outrageously funny and completely original, Chop Chop by Simon Wroe is the story of a hapless young chef in the crazed world of the professional kitchen, featuring lust, revenge, neurosis and haute cuisine.



'A greasy, hilarious tale of loyalty, revenge and dark appetites. A gripping look behind the kitchen wall' Shortlist



Two months behind on his rent, young graduate Monocle swallows his dreams and takes the only job he can find: the lowest-rung chef in a gastropub in Camden. Here he finds himself surrounded by a group of deranged hoodlums (his co-workers) and at the mercy of an ingenious sadist (the head chef, Bob). What follows is a furiously-paced, ribald, raucous and unexpectedly touching tale of loyalty and revenge, dark appetites and fading dreams, and a young man finding his way in the world as he is plunged into the fat and the frying pan and everything else besides.



'Perfectly baked [with] a rich, gooey pool of dark comedy hiding beneath the surface' Independent



'Lively, amusing and alarmingly informative' Daily Mail



'Arch comedy ... Dave Eggers channels Anthony Bourdain' Kirkus



'Twisted, surprising and above all genuinely funny' William Sutcliffe



'Raucous and inventive, peopled with technicolour characters and savagely funny' A D Miller



'A complete page-turner. Reminiscent of Kitchen Confidential but with an entirely fresh voice' Thomasina Miers



'A brutally funny look at the world of professional cooking' Gary Shteyngart



'Furiously funny, fast, surreal' Anya von Bremzen



Simon Wroe is a former chef who writes about food and culture for Prospect and the Economist, and regularly contributes to a wide range of publications including The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and Evening Standard. In 2014 Chop Chop was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. He is 30 and lives in London.



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Brace yourself for this lively, amusing and alarmingly informative novel (Daily Mail)

A greasy, hilarious tale of loyalty, revenge and dark appetites (Shortlist)

Confirms all your worst fears about professional kitchens in a debut novel that is dark, pungent, twisted, surprising and above all genuinely funny. If you enjoy eating out, don't read this book (William Sutcliffe, author of Are You Experienced?)

Raucous and inventive, peopled with technicolour characters and savagely funny, Chop Chop announces Simon Wroe as both an heir to Martin Amis and an oven-fresh talent unto himself (A D Miller, author of Snowdrops)

A complete page-turner. Reminiscent of Kitchen Confidential but with an entirely fresh voice that is a pleasure to read (Thomasina Miers, founder of Wahaca)

Perfectly baked [with] a rich, gooey pool of dark comedy hiding beneath the surface. Despite straying into the realm of sabotage, blackmail and secret dinner parties serving stomach-churning illegal fare, Wroe's novel makes for fresh, appetising reading (Independent)

A brutally funny look at the world of professional cooking. Sometimes the truth is so strange it needs to be sautéed in a pan of fiction (Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story)

Furiously funny, fast, surreal. The heat and the profanity feel painfully real; the prose, masterfully stylized, definitely the stuff of fiction (Anya von Bremzen, author of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking)

Arch comedy ... Dave Eggers channels Anthony Bourdain (Kirkus)

Depicts the literal underworld of a restaurant kitchen with wit, vigor, and gleeful, necessary profanity (New York Times Book Review)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 953 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241967139
  • Publisher: Viking (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FZCJQG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 8 Jun. 2014
By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent debut novel. It has some traits of Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk in style but ultimately it’s a Simon Wroe original.

I was trying to describe this book to someone the other day. Struggling to do so, I think I commented that ‘Chop Chop’ was like a combined effort of Welsh and Palahniuk to rewrite the screenplay of ‘The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover’. A screenplay to be presented to David Lynch (circa Blue velvet) for direction. But even this doesn’t really come close!

It is funny at times but don’t be mislead into thinking that this is primarily a funny book. The humour comes from the narrative of the grotesque characters like ‘racist Dave’ and particularly from ‘Ramilov’. A character destined, in my view anyway, to go down in history as a cult literary figure.

I admit to having a passion for a bit of strange and weird in my choice of literature but even I wasn’t prepared for the ‘pay off’ in this book. I won’t give spoilers here but I found it very disturbing indeed and the concept haunted me for several days afterwards.

So well done Mr. Wroe! It’s a great, great read (and incidentally, miles superior to Welsh’s recent book). Most certainly looking forward to your next work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, funny and frequently revolting 7 Jun. 2014
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Simon Wroe's CHOP CHOP is a rich, compulsive stew of a book about the business of being a chef but also about dysfunctional families and a bit of a crime thriller. The characters are a wonderful bunch! and it's a real page turner
Witty and sometimes downright stomach turning, it's a cracker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 1 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are slowly cooking on the beach this summer you will enjoy the in-your-face style of the kitchen scenes with their appalling but compelling characters. These beautifully contrived creations are the centre of the book. Their back stories slowly emerge as part of a plot that gradually builds to a horrifying climax. The style is convincing and sustained throughout. Above all there an off-centre but tolerant morality throughout the book. It all comes together into a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book now 28 Jun. 2014
Format:Paperback
This is a hilarious book - illuminating to anyone interested in cheffy stuff , you may never
eat in a restaurant again after reading it ! A darkish tale with extraordinary new vocabulary.
I read it at one long sitting and have already read it again. Simon Wroe is a total STAR !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
A darkly comic romp through the underbelly of Camden. I found the characters believable and my own experience as a KP as a youngster chime with the protagonists travails in the kitchen. I live in Camden and found the setting in the book a convincing portrayal of the area with a fondness for the sleazy side clear from the descriptions.
This is an excellent first novel (I think) and I'm looking forward to reading more from the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By DG
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A remarkable first novel which manages to be completely over the top yet believable; to encompass both the grotesque and the touching and reflect in the writing as well as in the story the manic energy of (some) professional kitchens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars occupies an impossible register 14 Nov. 2014
Format:Hardcover
Adored it! It captures the frenetic pace and fruity voices of a professional kitchen, but to compare this novel to Kitchen Confidential, as the publisher does, is selling it short. Chop Chop is a rite of passage for both protagonist and reader, with the kitchen as the liminal phase. It occupies an impossible register - poignant and searingly witty at one and the same time. It speaks to people who have disappointed or been disappointed by or feared disappointing their families; that is to everyone.
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Not at all my type of book. I should have found out more before I bought it. I shall not read it after first sampling through it.I had thought as it was short listed for the prize it would be of a good standard and a change to read a comedy well written.
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