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An excellent book about cooking

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Reviewed: 28-05-2019

This is an excellent book that teaches you how to cook (rather than a book that teaches you to cook). It sets out four foundations for all cooking (salt, fat, acid, and heat) discusses how to use them and bring balance to a mean. Nosrat's narration and narratives are compelling and stitch each section together neatly.

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Crushingly Real.

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Reviewed: 20-06-2018

The truths of life as a junior doctor laid bare - joys, sorrows and mediocrities. It's hard to believe there's any credibility in the argument that doctors are "just in it for the cash" after having witnessed what they go through. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to work in the field, and absolutely essential for anyone who wants to take control over public health services.

Classic Mitchell, with a touch of something new

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Reviewed: 11-12-2017

An enjoyable memoir about a life in comedy, or (perhaps more accurately) a life shaped and constituted by a sudden discovery of aptitude for and desire to pursue comedy. Mitchell's life story is told with his trademark wit and wary analytical eye. He is open and frank throughout, but it is not until the second-to-last chapter that we see him in a new light. He is emotionally laid bear in a way that, somehow, he was not in the preceding chapters (though this is likely a deliberate move since this is largely a memoir about a life through the lens of work). Suddenly, hours in, we come to a period in Mitchell's life captured with a deft hand and a kind of beautiful sincerity. Highly recommended.

Chinspiring advice from our immortal overlord

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Reviewed: 21-10-2017

Food, fashion, sex, journalism. Nothing is off the table (except when it is). Lee Lin Chin reveals herself to be an icon of modern fashion, journalism, feminism, comedy, and politics in this hilarious self help book.

Thank you Lee Lin Chin. You changed my life. 5 stars.

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Beautiful. Masterful.

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Reviewed: 05-03-2017

Perhaps a little slow in parts, but stunningly written and touching without ever feeling trite or over-done.

Bleak and fascinating

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Reviewed: 24-10-2016

At a fundamental level, it's trying to convey the same message as "To Kill a Mockingbird" (perhaps unsurprisingly, given its history), but there is a stark difference.

'Mockingbird' is a hopeful treatise on race relations. It gives readers a noble figure to aspire to, an ideal that seems so attainable.

'Watchman' feels like a hopeless scream into the void. It smacks of self-conscious desperation - the kind that knows its own futility but can't stand to do nothing.