Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger

Non-Fiction, Food & Drink, Food Writing, Home
Paperback Published on: 16/04/2004
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‘Remarkable' Observer

'Acutely observed, poignant and beautifully written' Daily Telegraph

‘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: 180g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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Brilliant funny one of my favourites
On the whole i enjoyed this book, it took me back and reminded me of my foodie past. Some descriptions i could swear were taken directly from my childhood,... READ MORE
Sarah Bruch
Great little book
I loved this. I think we are the same age and Nigel Slater might have been writing about my childhood/adolescence. So much of the same food. A lovely trip ... READ MORE
Gladys Topping