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Toast [Paperback]

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Pages   238
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 6, 2005
Publisher   Gotham
ISBN  1592401619  
EAN  9781592401611  

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Item Description...
An evocative memoir by the noted food writer and cookbook author shares the story of growing up in 1960s suburban England, remembering his childhood through the food in his family's pantry and the development of his own culinary talents. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Publishers Description
Toast is Nigel SlaterA'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 familyA's pantryA-rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, lemon drops, bourbon biscuitsA-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 NigelA'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 fatherA'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. NigelA'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 pondA-especially those who made such enormous successes of Ruth ReichlA's Tender at the Bone and Anthony BourdainA's Kitchen Confidential.

Praise for Nigel Slater's Toast:

A"His writing could not be more palate-cleansingA. his acidic riffs put you in mind of Nick Hornby, Martin Amis and Philip Larkin all at the same time.A"
A-The New York Times

"Many scenes are hilarious and the language is so evocative that it will stimulate your own fond remembrance of meals past."

"At its sweet heart, Toast is a stirring tale of a troubled childhood, strung together by memorable meals both appetizing and revolting."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Using prosaic touchstones like milk skin, tinned fruit, and bad apple crumble, Slater recounts his harsh coming-of-age in [...] unsauced sentences. Toast will leave you with a newfound belief that chef Jamie Oliver, who has proclaimed Slater a genius, has good taste in more than just arugula."

A"Nigel is a genius.A"
A-Jamie Oliver, author of JamieA's Kitchen, The Naked Chef, and Happy Days with the Naked Chef

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More About Nigel Slater

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! NIGEL SLATER is the author of numerous bestselling books, including"Notes from the Larder"and the James Beard Award-winning"Ripe"and"Tender." He has written a column for the"Observer"for twenty years and is the host of the BBC series"Simple Suppers." His memoir, "Toast," won British Biography of the Year, and has been adapted into a feature film. He lives in London."

Nigel Slater currently resides in London. Nigel Slater was born in 1944.

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Toast and candy -- kids and food  Aug 27, 2008
Totally wonderful book about Slater's youth and coming of age told in short tales centered around his memories of foodstuffs served first by his mother, then sadly and ineffectually by his father, and finally, in a proud show offy style by his step mum.

Quite nicely told form his viewpoint as a child and a teen, with no attempt to smooth over his sometimes self centered and selfish reactions to the adults around him (he was a child after all, and one who had to deal with quite a lot at a rather tender age).
Oh, please!  Jul 7, 2008
Do not put this writer in the ranks of Reichl, Bourdain, or Child. Mr. Slater may write well enough, but he has essentially nothing to say. I grew tired of the endless lists of British candies and other treats that had no relevance for me as an American. I kept waiting to be won over, but the author evokes no foodie buzz, at least for this reader. Perhaps I wouldn't have been so disappointed if the book hadn't been so hyped. Read Julie Powell ("Julie & Julia") or MFK Fisher for food humor or Kathryn Harrison for child abuse, but this book is bland enough to be neither. So Mum kept burning the toast...and burning the toast... and burning...
Looking at your life through food  Jun 3, 2008
Toast is a memoir told through food-related anecdotes. Covering his childhood years through his culinary school years, the book revisits the foods, dishes, and meals that defined Nigel Slater's youth. In the process, we learn what Slater associates with each particular meal, and a story is weaved. We learn how food played a role in his everyday life, his family, his sexual discovery, and his path to becoming a chef; in turn, we learn how each of these affected his views on food.

Toast is an especially entertaining read because it is food nostalgia, something we can all understand. The book is written in light prose and is easy to read, even for those that may not relate to every food Slater describes. Not only is it easy to share in Slater's stories but it is possible to trace how different foods affected Slater's life (and, by extension, how food affects each of ours). On the whole, the anecdotes are funny, which helps to balance out some of the serious issues Slater tackles.

At points, however, the book treats certain events rather casually and without enough closure or explanation. Some dark incidents that surely had a great effect on Slater's life are hinted at or dealt with in passing, but with little detail about why they were included or how they related to the overall theme of the book. In addition, as an American reader with only limited exposure to English cuisine, I had to look up many dishes to understand exactly what Slater was discussing. My edition included a very short glossary of some of the terms in the book, but did not explain many of the recurring items especially various puddings, candies, stews, and snacks.

Overall, an entertaining read recommended for anybody who enjoys reading about food.
So disappointing that I couldn't get very far...  Sep 2, 2007
I'd read about this book on someone's blog, and from their description of it, thought that it would be an interesting read. I'm sorry to say that I was greatly disappointed, and couldn't even get more than 30 pages into it before I just had to stop.

The book is made up of random and rather repetitive anecdotes about this food or that, tying into some event from the author's life. Skimming through the book, it seemed like most focused on his childhood, with the continuous theme of how awful a cook his mother was. After the first few pieces like this, I just wanted to say "ok, I get it already, she was horrible at cooking!"

Maybe I came to this book with too much expectation, having read all the glowing reviews about it. Unfortunately, I just couldn't go on reading this book. It was such a drag, and so down about everything that I found it hard to find interest in any part of the stories, especially the food themes. The stories all became so repetitive, without any real cohesiveness to them all.
Brilliantly Touching and Uncannily like my childhood.  May 14, 2007
Fantastic book. Moving and entertaining. So many things reminded me of my own childhood, I couldn't put it down. I laughed and cried (literally)

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