Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 6, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Toast is Nigel Slater’s truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. In each chapter, as he takes readers on a tour of the contents of his family’s pantry—rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, lemon drops, bourbon biscuits—we are transported....

His mother was a chops-and-peas sort of cook, exasperated by the highs and lows of a temperamental stove, a finicky little son, and the asthma that was to prove fatal. His father was a honey-and-crumpets man with an unpredictable temper. When Nigel’s widowed father takes on a housekeeper with social aspirations and a talent in the kitchen, the following years become a heartbreaking cooking contest for his father’s affections. But as he slowly loses the battle, Nigel finds a new outlet for his culinary talents, and we witness the birth of what was to become a lifelong passion for food.  Nigel’s likes and dislikes, aversions and sweet-toothed weaknesses, form a fascinating backdrop to this exceptionally moving memoir of childhood, adolescence, and sexual awakening.

A bestseller (more than 300,000 copies sold) and award-winner in the UK, Toast is sure to delight both foodies and memoir readers on this side of the pond—especially those who made such enormous successes of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential.

  

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User Review  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

Would of liked it more if the author had not undermined himself at times. Obviously I feel pretty sorry for him and I respect the humour with which he distances himself from what was an awful ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

While I enjoyed the food part of this memoir, I didn't like the tone. I came to it with no prior knowledge of who Slater is, I picked it up primarily because I needed an audio book, my library had ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Spaghetti Bolognese
Bombay Duck
Senior Service
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Nigel Slater is the author of several international bestselling cookbooks, including Real Fast Food and Real Desserts, and has won six Glenfiddich awards for his writing and art direction. He is the food correspondent for The Observer and the host of an award-winning television series, Real Food.

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