• by Nigel Slater
  • Narrated by Nigel Slater
  • 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Toast is Nigel Slater's truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. In each chapter, as he takes listeners 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 was 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 was to prove fatal. His father was a honey-and-crumpets man with an unpredictable temper. When Nigel's widowed father takes on a housekeeper with social aspirations and a talent in the kitchen, the following years become a heartbreaking cooking contest for his father's affections. But as he slowly loses the battle, Nigel finds a new outlet for his culinary talents, and we witness the birth of what was to become 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. A best seller and award-winner in the UK, Toast is sure to delight both foodies and memoir readers on this side of the pond, especially those who made such enormous successes of Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone and Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential.


What the Critics Say

"His emotionally powerful story is sure to please anyone who enjoys superbly written, food-flavored biographies." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Nigel Slater is fabulous!

Didn't even know who Nigel Slater was when I bought the book (even though I am English!). A fantastic and nostalgic account of growing up in England. The ups & downs of life, very blunt and honest, very dry. I remember all the food so well. His descriptions were so clear, I could almost smell the rice pudding, the crumble; almost taste those mash potatoes, and especially the Walnut Whip!
I will be on the look out if he decides to make audio books of his other books. Brilliant!
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- S

Milk Toast

This is the first audiobook I have been unable to finish--and that's the best thing I can say about it. The author (who is also the reader) is petty, prissy, spiteful, self-absorbed, and ultimate a dreadful bore. This isn't about food. It's about the intimate history of Nigel Slater as a precious, yet unappreciated youth: how he despised milk and canned ham; how he hated his mother's cooking and his father's temper. Ho hum. Unless you have an overpowering fascination in the arcana of Nigel Slater, I would save my money and have a pleasant dinner instead.
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- Melanie "I love words that can take me into other worlds."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2006
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio