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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (15 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184533082X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845330828
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Author Matt Skinner is doing for wine-appreciation what Jamie Oliver has done for food." -- Elle Magazine, September 2005

A book which makes an intrinsically complex subject, easy to digest..it's an excellent introduction for the novice. -- Time Out, September 2005

You can't help but be drawn to this refreshing book. -- The Independent Magazine, September 17, 2005

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Winner of Best Wine Education Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2005.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a food and wine lecturer at a catering college so I was quite looking forward to the Matt Skinner book, and how it might be a good introduction to the complicated world of wine, but in reality Thirsty Work is a bit thin on substance. I have to agree with a couple of the other reviews here in that this book seems to be designed to launch Matt at as TV 'wine star' rather than an author serious about his subject. Mind you, if this book is on offer it might make a good stocking filler for a young person with a passing interest in wine.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I attended a wine tasting that coincided with this book by Matt in a London bookshop. He even wore a similar shirt to the one on the cover of the book but he assured me that it was not the same one. He told us his life story about how he got into wine etc. I'm pretty sure he is trying to be as passionate about wine as Jamie Oliver is about food, they even work together. Somehow I wasn't that convinced...
If you like the Jamie style cookbooks then this is exactly like that. This book is good for the complete novice who has no idea about wine, it even has the pronouciations phonetically. But beyond that this book really doesn't offer much more.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2005
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It will come as no shock that this book seems to be more about creating a 'celeb' than about being a good introduction to wine. Whilst Matt Skinner might be passionate about wine and an amiable bloke, I have to say that this book falls short in what it has set out to do ... make wine simple. The overlong endorsement by Jamie Oliver and 'cool' pictures may hope to bring wine to a new audience, but I doubt that Thirsty Work will hold peoples attention for long ... it may be fun but it is very lightweight indeed. I was hoping for more, but feel pretty let down. However, this book will probably suit a teenage audience rather than those keen to learn about wine.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon Morris on 14 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
Thirsty Work is quite a good book for people who know zero about wine or maybe want to learn more, however, I would say that too much time is spent on funky lingo and artistic photos of Matt Skinner posing. As an adult (28) I thought that the book was probably aimed at a younger readership of teenagers, which makes me wonder if teenagers would really bother to read this book? There are not many books aimed at wine novices so I suppose this book is good from that point of view, but I couldn't help thinking that it could have been so much better. If you like Jamie Oliver cook books then this is the perfect book to put next to them on your coffee table, if you want a bit more substance or something less iritating to read then buy something else.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 23 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Was looking forward to this book, but it was a real disappointment. Very lightweight - I'm no wine expert, but if this is the extent of Matt Skinner's knowledge, then becoming a wine waiter is a lot easier than it used to be. Only buy it if you are a real beginner with wine
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "lilysw6" on 25 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Thirsty Work seems to be a genuine attempt to make wine more easily understood, and in that aim the book is not too bad. What seems odd is the "Jamie Oliver Lifestyle" way in which this book has been written.
There is too much time spent on phrases like "grapes rock" (oh dear), and arty photos of Matt wearing basball caps. I think that this book could have been more readable if it concentrated on what makes wine special, rather than cultivating Matt Skinner as a future 'star'.
I think that this book might appeal to teenagers, but is probably a bit too clumsy to excite an older audience.
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