Published on 03 Nov 2022

A recipe for murder

The Macanese Pro-Wrestler’s Cookbook by Asst Prof Barrie Sherwood of NTU’s School of Humanities is both a tale of self-discovery as well as an adventure through Macanese cuisine and the streets of Macau.

Cover of The Macanese Pro-Wrestler's Cookbook

As a former Portuguese colony, the city of Macau boasts a unique blend of Asian and European cultures that is reflected in its iconic dishes, from Galinha à Africana (Macanese African Chicken) to Pastéis de Nata, also known as Portuguese egg tarts.

The Macanese Pro-Wrestler’s Cookbook, a novel by Asst Prof Barrie Sherwood of NTU’s School of Humanitiestakes the form of an unconventional cookbook featuring signature Macanese dishes, written by the fictional Zeke Oliveira, a former professional wrestler who has returned to Macau to run his family’s restaurant. When Zeke’s best friend is murdered after having lunch at his restaurant, Zeke goes looking for reasons why. Along the way, he rediscovers his  Macanese roots and uncovers a side of Macau that he never knew existed.

Part thriller and part social commentary, the novel takes readers on an adventure through Macanese cuisine and the streets of Macau, while tracing the journey of a man making sense of the cultural identity he has inherited—and his own destiny.

The Macanese Pro-Wrestler’s Cookbook was published by Penguin Random House SEA in November 2021 (ISBN: 9789814914093).

The article appeared first in NTU's research & innovation magazine Pushing Frontiers (issue #20, June 2022).