The Man Who Ate the World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, May 26, 2009 - Cooking - 288 pages
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An astronomical gastronomical undertaking —one of the world’s preeminent restaurant critics takes on the giants of haute cuisine, one tasting menu at a time


Like the luxury fashion companies Gucci and Chanel, high-end dining has gone global, and Jay Rayner has watched, amazed, as the great names of the restaurant business have turned themselves from artisans into international brands.

Long suspecting that his job was too good to be true, Rayner uses his entrée into this world to probe the larger issues behind the globalization of dinner. Combining memoir with vivid scenes at the table; interviews with the world’s most renowned chefs, restaurateurs, and eaters; and a few well-placed rants and raves about life as a paid gourmand, Rayner puts his thoughtful, innovative, and hilarious stamp on food writing. He reports on high-end gastronomy from Vegas to Dubai, Moscow to Tokyo, London to New York, ending in Paris where he attempts to do with Michelin-starred restaurants what Morgan Spurlock did with McDonald’s in Super Size Me—eating at those establishments on consecutive days and never refusing a sixteen-course tasting menu when it’s offered.

The Man Who Ate the World is a fascinating and riotous look at the business and pleasure of fine dining.


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Jay Raynor is an exceptional writer of food porn. - Goodreads
I really wanted to like Jay Rayner and his writing. - Goodreads
Hard book to end - no real plot, nothing to conclude. - Goodreads
Like Rayner says in his introduction ("Warning!") - Goodreads
I could read his descriptions of meals anytime. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Anne_Green - LibraryThing

I would hate to be a chef in any restaurant reviewed by Jay Rayner. In this book he sets out on a quest to find the perfect meal. In his exhaustive search through the world's prestigious gastronomic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Farley - Goodreads

Really good. In fact, better than I expected. Really getting into food memoirs and this is reminiscent of the Tom Parker Bowles Eating Dangerously book, which I really liked. I'm not an avid reader of ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Jay Rayner is the restaurant critic for the London Observer, a regular contributor to Gourmet, and has written for both Saveur and Food & Wine in the United States. He has also written novels, most recently The Oyster House Seige. Rayner began his acclaimed journalism career covering crime, politics, cinema, and theater, winning Young Journalist of the Year in 1991 and Critic of the Year in 2006 at the British Press Awards.

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