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Toast by Nigel Slater
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Oct 06, 11

Read from September 30 to October 03, 2011

Toast is a memoir about the difficulty years of TV cook Nigel Slater’s life from just before he lost his mother at about the age of nine till his father died when he was 16 when he went off to catering college and finally realised his dream to be able to cook.

From this book you get the impression that while Slater idolised his mother he never really got on with the father, and it was not for want of trying, as his father didn’t really know what to think of him as he wasn’t into sports or things like that and would rather spend his time in the kitchen.

All of these memories and events are remembered by the foods that he ate, that he saw his mother make and then later his step-mother make and then later still the people he worked with.

The book is one whole love letter to all different types of food. You cannot read more than few pages of this book without feeling ravenously hungry due to the vivid way in which he writes about the foods that he loved, and even the foods that he didn’t much care for.

It is all so lovingly and vividly explained that you can almost taste and smell the food he is writing about just from his descriptions. This is not so much a memoir as a cookery book, as even though there are very few actually recipes in the book, it does explain how to make quite a few dishes that you could have a fair stab at making from the text.

I defy anyone to read this book and not feel peckish about a couple of pages!
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