Test Kitchen

Neil D. A. Stewart

£20.00

Take a seat for an evening service at Michelin-starred Midgard, during which the stage is set for the most deliciously haunting who-done-it you’ll read this year… Test Kitchen is a novel about food: about desire and violence, mothers and mortality. Do you dare let us whet your appetite?

Published 4 July 2024
ISBN: 9781472158253 Category: Tags: ,

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‘Neil Stewart is the kind of writer who appears once in a generation, gifts fully-formed’ Paul Murray, author of The Bee Sting

‘An amazing novel . . . Veering from humorous to horrifying, Test Kitchen shows real insight into the mildly unhinged nature of both high-end restaurants and their diners – with wit, lyricism and a killer turn of phrase’ Marina O’Loughlin

Welcome to a Tuesday night at London restaurant Midgard. The kitchen is buzzing. The tables are set. And the staff and guests take their place.

…The maître d’ caught up in a conspiracy…
…The precocious young foodie with an axe to grind…
…The nervous new sous chef…
…The anonymous influential food critic…
…The patisserie chef stalked by her ex-lover…
…The wayward son of a dangerous family…
…The enigmatic head chef with the past she won’t discuss…
…The lone diner with the terrible wound to his face…

Watching everything from her hidden vantage is Marley, the restaurant’s newest waitress. She alone knows bad things are about to unfold – but she is powerless to intervene.

Tonight, everyone has a story. Is it too late to change how this one ends?

Tense and moreish, Test Kitchen is a darkly funny and often macabre story about the culture of food, of dining and eating, about feeding and nourishing, about mothers, mortality and magic.

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