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Toast - The Story of a Boy's Hunger

Nigel Slater

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.

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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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.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 5m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:18


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:14


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:07


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:40


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:59


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:48