Don't let the fact this blurb is unusual stop you reading this book there really are few books like it. Yes it has cooking as an underlying theme like many other books but what those books don't have is sheer passion and inspiration and motivation and drive. It is a story about having the will and strength to succeed that is to say knowing what you are and knowing what you want to be and working as hard as it takes to get where you belong.
At seventeen Zac is given a choice: either go to a young offenders' institute, or enrol in a rehabilitation scheme - a course that teaches juveniles how to cook. He makes his choice. He chooses to cook. He also chooses to succeed. Whatever it takes.
Wayne Macauley is the author of two other novels and a collection of short stories. He lives in Melbourne.
'Excellent new novel ... Watching Masterchef will never be the same again' Bookbag. — Bookbag
'A deliciously dark satire about foodyism, celebrity chefs and aspiring consumerism' Daily Mail. — Daily Mail
'An original, gripping novel that questions the way our society operates. Highly recommended' Farm Lane Books. — Farm Lane Books
'A compelling read' Irish Examiner. — Irish Examiner
'Irresistible - The Cook reminds us just how exciting it is to read a wonderful and original novel' Lloyd Jones, Man Booker shortlisted author of Mister Pip. — Lloyd Jones
'A riot of a novel! Gripping and subversive' Nick Cave. — Nick Cave
'I'm a big fan of this Australian novel ... Jamie Oliver's social conscience meets Anthony Bourdain's sense of anarchy in fiction' Red. — Red magazine
'This brilliant and richly layered book is almost impossible to put down' Sydney Morning Herald. — Sydney Morning Herald
'The narrative of this book is [...] unlike anything you have read. Zac's story zings with the same panache as his food' The Journal for the Law Society of Scotland. — Journal for the Law Society of Scotland