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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 Oct. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00478ICI8
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I bought this for my sister's Christmas but had to buy one for me, too, as I know I'll want to read it again - though what I'd really like is a day's shopping spree with Gok Wan to advise me on what to buy! Reviewed by Mary Smith author of No More Mulberries
Following on his love of his Chinese culture, each chapter gives a family recipe for cosy dining: "comfort food" for lack of a better word. I found it interesting what constituted breakfast for Gok (it's a noodle dish), but more important, this little peak into his likes via these recipes, makes him an even more fascinating and agreeable person than one sees on television. And that, more than anything, makes this book a great read.
Gok was born in 1974 and grew up in Leicester. His parents owned a restaurant and this is where his love affair with food began.
He struggled with his weight when he was a teenager, he felt alone and that he didn't belong and the bullying just made things worse. Gok struggled with this torment for years and then eventually became anorexic which almost killed him.
His life wasn't easy and besides his weight problem he was also gay and that caused another set of problems with the people around him. Everything he's been through has made him a much stronger position and he wanted to find something he could do which would also help others that were going through the same things he'd been through.
The book is well written and Gok takes you on an emotional journey, he's been very open and honest in his autobiography. He also includes some lovely photos from various stages of his life.
Personally I found it an excellent, interesting, enjoyable and compulsive read. I found it to be worth every penny. :-)
I really liked Gok but after reading this I see him in a totally different light now... this guy is simply waiting for his fame and everything he's worked for to just to be taken away from him. He truly has worked incredibly hard for everything he's got and my gosh does this guy deserve it!
Get this book and you will laugh and cry with him along his journey. If you aren't touched you don't have a heart.