Front Cover
Front Cover
Edmund Parsley's Payback
Edmund Parsley's Payback
Kenzo Palace Hotel
Kenzo Palace Hotel
Busting the Sanctions
Busting the Sanctions
Geronimo the Weed Thief
Geronimo the Weed Thief
Disappearance of Mr George
Disappearance of Mr George
The Incriminating Black Bean Stew
The Incriminating Black Bean Stew
Winklestein's Karma
Winklestein's Karma
The Fugitive recovery  Agent
The Fugitive recovery Agent
Lucille
Lucille
Whither Now Brother?
Whither Now Brother?
Black Bean Stew
Black Bean Stew
Bobotie
Bobotie

The Incompetent Cook

 

I did the illustrations for The Incompetent Cook by Ivor Thomas. Here is the blurb from the back of the book and the Introduction, straight from Ivor himself:

"The Incompetent Cook is a novel made up of ten short stories. Together they form a single narrative about a reluctant adventurer who travels the world on a quest to find the compass-bearing that he believes will set the direction for his life. Along the way, fate ambushes him with a sequence of quixotic predicaments that become milestones in his development.

Sometimes thriller, sometimes black comedy, sometimes boy's own adventure, The Incompetent Cook is a cruise full of oddballs and ruffnecks, prize-fighters, crooked cops, American Indians, drunken sailors, kidnapping and all kinds of skulduggery. Adding a unique twist to this smorgasbord of action, plot and human singularity, food plays a part in each episode: like in Australia where a kidnapper is saved from jail on account of his lamb shanks with a ragout of mushrooms; or in Israel where a single recipe gets the story-teller a job as cook on board a cargo vessel. (The recipes are provided.)

These quirky reminiscences are told with a laid-back humour and fluid simplicity that carry the reader effortlessly through the curls and coils of some tantalising plots and hilarious situations. It's a 'feel-good'experience. Read it in a hammock under a palm tree"

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