Author Poppy Z. Brite masterfully shakes equal parts ambition, scandal, file powder, cocaine, and murder, and serves Liquor straight up, with a twist.
New Orleans natives Rickey and G-man are lifetime friends and down-and-out line cooks desperate to make a quick buck. When Rickey concocts the idea of opening a restaurant in their alcohol-loving hometown where every dish packs a spirited punch, they know theyíre on their way to the bank. With some wheeling and dealing, a slew of great recipes, and a few lucky breaks, Rickey and G-man are soon on their way to opening Liquor, their very own restaurant. But first they need to pacify a local crank who doesn't want to see his neighborhood disturbed, sidestep Rickey's deranged ex-boss, rein in their big-mouth silent partner before he runs amok, and stay afloat in a stew of corruption in a town well known for its bottom feeders.
'LIQUOR is a fabulous, funny, foodie New Orleans roller-coaster ride, as gripping as a great IRON CHEF episode or Tony Bourdain's KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL.'
'LIQUOR is world-class satire and perfect New Orleans lit.'
I finished Liquor just in time to savor the sequel, Prime
, which just came out a couple of weeks ago. It's like Food Network Slash (Come on, Lenny=Emeril??)! Lots of behind the scenes info about the restaurant biz, the types of people who get into the field and general New Orleans style drinking, drugging and eating. -Rachel Whang, Atomic Books Blog
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