The Man Who Ate the World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner

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Henry Holt and Company, 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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A book-length quest to understand the 21st century's international gastronomic revolution.It's characteristic of London Observer restaurant critic and occasional novelist of some wit Rayner (The ... Read full review

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Jay Rayner sets out on a quest to eat the best meal in the world. Or, more specifically, to eat at a selection of the world's great restaurants in a selection of the world's great cities. He's a food ... Read full review


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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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