1) Never Order Chicken on a Monday, by Matthew Evans

“Beginning with his childhood in Canberra and his growing love of food (not to mention his penchant for cooking imitation vomit to guarantee a sickie from school), Matthew charts his early ventures as a chef, his bold move to the review pages, and his editorship of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide=and finishes by explaining why he now loves to cook at home.”

Readable but not very appealing.. This rates somewhere in the middle of all the chef biographies I’ve read. Somehow it lacks the sparkle and wit of Ruth Reichl or Dalia Jurgensen.

2) 1Q84 Book 2, 村上春樹

I chanced upon this in the library and read it without realizing that there actually is a Book 1. (Somehow I thought Book 2 was part of the title? -_- ) I couldn’t really grasp the significance of the plot initially.. but it got better and I’m now looking forward to Book 3. I should probably read Book 1 first, though.

More about the book here.

My favourite line from the story: “不說明就不明白的事情,是說明了也不會明白的事情。。”

3) The Last Bachelor, by Jay McInerney

“An astonishingly funny and poignant collection of short stories from Jay McInerney-the master of modern American prose-which, in true McInerney style, examines post 9/11 America in all its dark and morally complex glory…

… From the streets of downtown New York during the 2003 anti-war march and the lavish hotel rooms of the wealthy social elite, to a husband and wife who share their marital bed with a pot-bellied pig, the characters in these stories-steeped in betrayal and infidelity-search for meaning while struggling against each other, colliding as the old world around them fractures and dissolves into a modern era full of new uncertainties, where ghosts of loss hang in the air.”

Great commute read. Every story is clever and concise, imaginative yet thoroughly believable. (Or like in the case of Pixar, unrealistic yet believable). I could read this two or three times without getting bored.