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Summary

A charming childhood memoir (with postcards from the present) from food writer Damien Trench, protagonist of BBC Radio 4's critically acclaimed sitcom In and Out of the Kitchen, as told to News Quiz presenter and star of Rev, Miles Jupp.

'I have just had one of those absolutely mad mornings when you go out to have a browse at tagines and end up coming home with a brand-new gas ring expander. I think I was probably as surprised as anybody. Sometimes life is just like that, isn't it?'

Award-winning food writer Damien Trench takes you on a journey through his childhood and his early inspirations - culinary and otherwise - with occasional diversions to the present.

©2017 Miles Jupp (P)2017 Headline Audiobooks

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Good but not great

Solid and gently witty with Miles giving his trademark Damien performance. Not as good as In and Out of the Kitchen though, as you quickly realise that Damien needs the rest of the ensemble to bounce off (and also to dilute his pomposity). That said, I enjoyed it a lot and it makes a perfect accompaniment to cooking the Sunday lunch 😀

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Just brilliant like catching up with an old friend

If like me you loved in and out of the kitchen then you will love this. I binge listened in just 2 days. If you have not listened to in and out of the kitchen I do think it's needed first. There is no massive storyline it's just Damien plodding along telling the listener random tales and going off at many tangents indeed. Hope there is a second one

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Very very good.

If you enjoyed In and Out of the Kitchen as much as I did then this is very much for you. I both laughed out loud and was deeply touched in parts, Miles Jupp has created some thing great in Damien Trench and I hope for much more from both of them.

Quite simply brilliant, five stars

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A book to share!

I shall now buy several copies of this wonderful book as gifts for discerning friends. It really is THAT good.

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Loved it

I truly adored listening to this book. It took me a short while to get used to not hearing all the characters from 'In and out of the kitchen' but as soon as I did, I was fully immersed in Damian's life as told by Damian himself. Wonderful book and I hope there is a sequel.

NB: Miles Jupp, if you read this review, I beg you to release series 4 of In and out of the Kitchen on Audible......Please......

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Miles Jupp at his best

Just as good as ‘In and out of the Kitchen’. I did think he’d toned down the character of Damien Trench though, but still funny all the same. Glad to see there were a selection of recipes included. I think you need to have listened to ‘In and out of the Kitchen’ to appreciate this book. I do hope there’s a sequel!

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Charming but surprisingly gritty at times.

Having listened to In and Out of The Kitchen with Damien Trench on BBC Radio 4 I was delighted to find this audio book. The added benefit is that it is read by the talented Miles Jupp. The story has all the wit and charm I expected (with some mouth watering recipes) but also some very sad episodes about Damien's past. Absolutely recommended.

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Pure Joy

This is wonderfully funny and an absolute joy from start to finish. Can’t recommend enough. (Prior knowledge of the character from the series In and Out of the Kitchen is necessary for context I’d say.)

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great book

loved it! have listened to it a few times now and each time it makes me laugh

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Hilarious gentle comedy.

I love "In and Out of the Kitchen" on Radio 4 and this memoir offers us an insight into Damien Trench's childhood. What a singular young man he was. Admittedly, I'd listen to anything Miles Jupp produced but luckily this was brilliantly written.

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