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Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger

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Nigel Slater

6 Hours 3 Minutes

Penguin Audio

October 2004

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A deliciously evocative story of childhood in 1960s suburban England from one of theUnited Kingdom's best-loved writers, Nigel Slater

Toast is the truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. In each chapter, as Nigel Slater takes us on a tour of the contents of his family's pantry—rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, lemon drops, bourbon biscuits—we are transported…His mother is 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 would prove fatal. His father is a honey-and-crumpets man with an unpredictable temper. When he is widowed, Nigel's father takes on a housekeeper with social aspirations and a talent in the kitchen and the following years become a heartbreaking cooking contest for his affections. As he slowly loses, Nigel finds a new outlet for his culinary gifts and we witness the birth of a lifelong passion for food. Nigel's likes and dislikes, aversions and sweet-toothed weaknesses, form a fascinating backdrop to this exceptionally moving memoir of childhood, adolescence, and sexual awakening.

With a new preface and glossary for American readers, this British bestseller and national award winner is sure to delight foodies and memoir enthusiasts on this side of the pond. Possessed of the subtlety and wit of Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone and the disarming frankness of Anthony Bourdain's page-turning Kitchen Confidential, Toast is a treat to be savored.

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  • graftonqueen

    Nigel's Slater's voice - simple, heartrending, and truthful. This book is about him growing up and what food means to him in relation to family. The person he loved the most could not cook at all and he has the fondest and most gruesome memories of food during that time in his life. The person he hated the most was the best cook he knew and with whom he strives to compete to make the most delicious items. It is also the reason he launches himself out of the house and into the next part of his life as a cook. Bitter and sweet. I read it three times and bought more of his books because of Toast.

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