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Me and My Big Mouth: Living through Australia's food revolution by [O'Connell, Jan]
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Me and My Big Mouth: Living through Australia's food revolution Kindle Edition

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Length: 278 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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Me and My Big Mouth is a personal account of how Australian food has changed in the baby-boomers’ lifetime. It’s the story of a generation that can remember life before pizza – a generation that has seen the demise of the local grocer and, decades later, the resurrection of the small local deli.
As well as taking a nostalgic look at growing up in the 1950s and 60s, this memoir gives the reader an insider’s view of the “Mad Men” era of Australian advertising. It embarks on various culinary journeys: on the ‘hippy-trail from Kathmandu to London, in the old cities of Europe and around Australia’s perimeter, and finally comes to rest in country New South Wales. Accompanied by generous helpings of tasty trivia, it’s a story of technology, social upheaval and coming-of-age.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 801 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thinktag Books (17 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I confess I have not read the whole of this book. But the sampler of pages of the Kindle edition is more than enough to justify my FIVE STAR rating. Try “Look Inside”, and see for yourself!! (The “Look Inside” pages are fine, and the chapter outline makes it clear exactly where and how this book is going!)
In passing, let me say that the American reviewer at Amazon (USA), understandably, just doesn’t get it. (I am writing in late December 2015 – other reviews from the USA and elsewhere may follow …)
This American reviewer, with the best of intentions, comments: “there was a moment at the end when [Jan O’Connell] goes to New York and can’t find anything good to eat and I found myself shouting at my Kindle ‘what the hell is wrong is you?!?!’”
I am sure that New York serves GREAT food, if you know where to look, and what to ask for. But an Australian travelling for the first time to New York, and hoping to find good food easily, might well be puzzled and disappointed, as Jan O’Connell tells us she was – and as the Amazon (USA) reviewer screamed about. (My wife travelled to New York in 1971 and had the same disappointing experience – an Aussie in New York who couldn’t find Aussie-sensible food in simple take-away – “to go” – street stalls and cafés . No dim sims. No chicko rolls.
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