Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger

Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger

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By (author) Nigel Slater

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  • Publisher: HarperPerennial
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 20mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 16 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1841154717
  • ISBN 13: 9781841154718
  • Illustrations note: (x integrated)
  • Sales rank: 15,534

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'My mother is scraping a piece of burned toast out of the kitchen window, a crease of annoyance across her forehead. This is not an occasional occurrence. My mother burns the toast as surely as the sun rises each morning.' 'Toast' is Nigel Slater's award-winning biography of a childhood remembered through food. Whether recalling his mother's surprisingly good rice pudding, his father's bold foray into spaghetti and his dreaded Boxing Day stew, or such culinary highlights as Arctic Roll and Grilled Grapefruit (then considered something of a status symbol in Wolverhampton), this remarkable memoir vividly recreates daily life in 1960s suburban England. Likes and dislikes, aversions and sweet-toothed weaknesses form a fascinating backdrop to Nigel Slater's incredibly moving and deliciously evocative portrait of childhood, adolescence and sexual awakening.

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Nigel Slater is Britain's top food writer. His hugely popular columns and books have won him an enormous following for his direct, up-to-the-minute and delicious approach to food. He has written six books, has an award-winning column in the Observer and a regular column in Sainsbury's Magazine.

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By Sean 19 Nov 2012 5

Toast is a fantastic book and it's unputdownable. It's written in the perspective of how Nigel was at each particular age in the book and is remarkably vivid in how he recalled it all. Very sad in a lot of parts throughout the book, some shocking parts and some which were very happy. A fantastic book and is highly reccomended to all.

By Penny Cunningham 26 Feb 2011 5

I loved this very easy to read. Quite sad in parts and funny in others. He writes of his childhood with his mother (before she died) and her lack of culinary skills with a lot of humour and affection and his father and eventual step mother with frustration and lonliness. Food being a real solice for him throughout. A must read for anyone with the tiniest interest in food.

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'Acutely observed, poignant and beautifully written...Slater tells his heartbreaking story with great subtlety. The theme of food and love is a fascinating one and I have never seen it better handled.' Daily Telegraph 'He recreates with moving honesty and laugh-out-loud comedy the hopes and fears of boyhood. Remarkable.' Observer '"Toast" connects emotions, memory and taste buds. Genius.' Lynne Truss, Sunday Times 'A talent for prose as simple and pleasurable as his recipes.' Sunday Telegraph 'Exquisitely written...You read this remarkable memoir partly cringing, partly marvelling at Slater's hallucinogenic retrieval of times past. He is the Proust of the Nesquik era.' Independent 'It achieves a remarkable freshness...[and] reveals a gift for doleful, Alan Bennett-like comedy.' Guardian 'This touching memoir proves [Slater] is more than a cookery writer. Its emotional impact will touch a chord with many.' Sunday Mirror 'Wonderful, precise...extraordinary.' Matthew Fort 'It's bitter-sweet, it's a book to be consumed in a single sitting, a book that slips down really nicely. However you want to put it, "Toast" is delicious.' The Oldie