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Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger | [Nigel Slater]

Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger

Britain's most popular cook describes his personal culinary odyssey, from dangerous encounters with his mother's weevil-seasoned cakes to being harangued by readers who think he deliberately styles Yorkshire puddings to look like a woman's private parts.
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Publisher's Summary

Britain's most popular cook describes his personal culinary odyssey, from dangerous encounters with his mother's weevil-seasoned cakes to being harangued by readers who think he deliberately styles Yorkshire puddings to look like a woman's private parts.

Hilarious, irreverent, and mouthwatering, Toast captures 30 years of British cooking and the recipes that we have grown up with since the days when a grilled grapefruit was the last word in dinner party chic. Everyone has gorged on cake mix, endured disastrous dinner parties, and put up with the loved one who can only ever produce burnt toast. Nigel Slater is no different.

Hair-raising accounts of hotels modeled on Fawlty Towers, the mystery of the disappearing condom and the seafood cocktail, and many more, take readers behind the scenes of British cuisine to reveal the unlikely origins of our foremost cook.

©2003 Nigel Slater; (P)2004 HarperCollins UK

What the Critics Say

"Moving, funny, and finely crafted, this is a true gem." (Independent)
"[Toast] achieves a remarkable freshness...and [Nigel Slater] also reveals a gift for doleful, Alan Bennet-like comedy." (The Guardian)

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  • Jason
    Bradford, YKS, United Kingdom
    2/17/06
    Overall
    "Good book aweful quality recording"

    A book that conjures up memories of childhood - poignant and moving at times with comic turns - Slater narrates well but the recording (even when downloaded using highest quality), is appalling and sounds like someone has recorded it an their mobile phone. Gets a 4 for content but a 2 for quality.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Putney, London, United Kingdom
    1/11/06
    Overall
    "Angel Delight"

    A real delight. Nigel Slater is the perfect narrator - his humourous, wry and self-deprecating style instantly engages. This warm, funny, yet heart-wrenching memoir is a hugely entertaining and satisfying listen, especially for anyone nostalgic for Angel Delight and Bourbon biscuits.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    United Kingdom
    4/10/07
    Overall
    "Great Book Shame About the Audio"

    I would have given it a 4/5 but for the muffled audio (even at best quality). The content is brilliant - I am a real Slater fan so this comes as no surprise - but I found it hard to lose myself in his vivid imagery because of the annoyingly bad recording. How frustrating. Still, it is an engaging listen. BTW although a foodie book it's not really about food - if you are looking for one of those he's written plenty of others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Loughborough, LEI, United Kingdom
    9/17/05
    Overall
    "A Real Feast"

    Nigel Slater's warm and funny autobiography is a real joy. Initally I was worried that the food theme would become waring and annoying. It did not as it acts as punctuation to the events that shaped his young life. At times hilarious and at others very sad Slater is very honest about some events that others would write out of their own life story. Throughly recommended, the only reason I give it 4 stars is because I'm hoping to encourage a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah T
    London, UK
    3/9/14
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    "bad food and inappropriate sexual exposures"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nigel Slater's book is honest, gripping and informative. It is also very dark - with tales of the mediocre food he ate, the dysfunctional relationships of his family and the sexual abuse / exposure he experienced as a child. This story is less about food and the passion that Slater developed for making it, but rather about a dysfunctional childhood ... as remembered through individual dishes (that were mostly very bad tasting).


    Has Toast put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    Was Toast worth the listening time?

    Would not recommend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    12/26/07
    Overall
    "A moving autobiography leavened by humour"

    I found it difficult to give a star-rating to this book: Nigel Slater's writing and reading of his book merit five stars, however I found his understandable bitterness about his unhappy childhood moving, but also unsettling in that it felt as if I was listening to a patient speaking to a therapist. I hope he found this candid exposure of his feelings and sexual experiences cathartic. I'm glad I've read his Kitchen Diaries book so that I know he has found contentment in his later life. I hope he writes the next part of his autobiography.

    His memories of food in the 1950s and 60s made this 50 something chuckle with recognition! The descriptions of his developing interest in good food and acquiring his cooking skills are a pleasure to hear about and give an insight into how his easy-going style of cookery evolved and how genuine his delight in producing enjoyable food for himself and other people.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louisa
    Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom
    12/13/06
    Overall
    "Delicious"

    Even if you don?t like cooking very much, Slater?s passion for food comes across in every chapter, as does his love for his mother despite her appalling cooking. For some reason I?d got it into my head that the book was about an underprivileged boy who doesn?t have enough to eat ? but it?s not that ? it?s about a yearning for the love and comfort of home. I thoroughly recommend this book whether you like cookery or not. Slater reads the text himself and this is what makes the story so moving.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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