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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.
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.
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