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Summary

Why are gravy stains on your shirt at the dinner table to be admired?

Does bacon improve everything?

And is gin really the devil's work?

In this rollicking collection of his hilarious columns, the award-winning writer and Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner answers these vital questions and many, many more. They are glorious dispatches, seasoned in equal measure with both enthusiasm and bile, from decades at the very frontline of eating.

©2021 Jay Rayner (P)2021 Faber & Faber Ltd.

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"This is Rayner at his rambunctious best: upfront, full-fat, and always deliciously written." (Nigella Lawson)

"A sophisticated palate and a fiery, comic tongue. Jay Rayner's food writing is brilliant." (Stanley Tucci)

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everything improves with the addition of pork

pork yes, trying to be trendy toilet signs embarrassing, yes, dribbling food down one's front yes, cooking for self yes,, and so much more ....it hits the spot but over far to quick

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Very funny and great observations of people's behaviour! Excellent of experiences at restaurants and irreverent to boot.

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Not the longest book but I very much enjoyed listening to Mr Raynor reading his own work.
A series of articles from the Observer Food Magazine which are funny and give you a glimpse into life as a restaurant critic. Jay Raynor tells it as he sees it as usual.