Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger (Paperback)
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Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 16/04/2004
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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.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9781841154718
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


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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

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“Toast”

A strong sense of smell and taste to bring poignant, sad and comical memories to life.
More about his interesting upbringing with food subtitles and lot's of jam mentioned.

Paperback edition
17th August 2011
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“Toast”

Brilliant funny one of my favourites

Paperback edition
28th September 2012
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“Toast”

When I first started reading this I wasn't too keen on how it was laid out with the short chapters, however as the book continued I found that I really enjoyed this and felt that it really lent itself to how the... More

Paperback edition
18th July 2013
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