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T H E  S T O R Y  O F  A  B O Y ` S  H U N G E R. What people have eaten and cooked is in many ways an autobiography. Toast is the story of Nigel`s childhood and adolescence told through food. Unashamedly intimate and occasionally unsettling, it has been translated into six languages and is a GCSE O level set text. Winner of six literary awards, including the National Book Awards British Biography of the Year it is by turns funny and desperately sad. Don’t be misled by the picture on the cover. There is nothing cute about this book at all. Toast has been made into a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore and has been part of the Berlin, Warsaw and Taipai film festivals.

"His writing oculd not be more palate cleansing...... his acidic riffs put you in mind of Nick Hornby, Martin Amis and Philip Larkin all at the same time." New York Times

"I don`t know when I laughed so hard at such a poignant story as Nigel Slater`s boyhood....Among its many delights, is an easily digestible lesson in how to let your stomach heal your hungry heart. Los Angeles Times

"Utterly irresistible....You read this remarkable memoir, partly cringing, part marvelling at Slater`s hallucinogenic retrieval of times past. He is the Proust of the Nesquick era.  Independent on Sunday

"A banquet of unlikely delectations...England`s answer to Anthony Bourdain`s Kitchen Confidential. Daily Telegraph

"Wonderful, precise, extraordinary" Matthew Fort

"Poignant...direct...unsentimental....His memory for the minutiae of food fashions since the 1960`s is phenomenal.  Observer

"An ingenious and touching treat." Times Literary Supplement

ISBN -13 978-0-00-779127-9 Fourth Estate, London 2003; Harper Perennial 2004; Gotham Press, New York 2005, 2006; Piper Verlag, Berlin, 2005, 2006