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  • My Last Supper

  • One Meal, a Lifetime in the Making
  • By: Jay Rayner
  • Narrated by: Jay Rayner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (266 ratings)

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Summary

You're about to die. What would your final meal be?

This question has long troubled Jay Rayner. As a man more obsessed with his lunch than is strictly necessary, the idea of a showpiece last supper is a tantalising prospect. But wouldn't knowledge of your imminent demise ruin your appetite?

So, Jay decided to cheat death.

The plan was simple: he would embark on a journey through his life in food in pursuit of the meal to end all meals. It's a quest that takes him from necking oysters on the Louisiana shoreline to forking away the finest French pastries in Tokyo, and from his earliest memories of snails in garlic butter, through multiple pig-based banquets, to the unforgettable final meal itself.

My Last Supper is both a hugely entertaining account of a life built around mealtimes and a fascinating global exploration of our relationship with what we eat. It is the story of one hungry man, in eight courses.

©2019 Jay Rayner (P)2019 Faber Audio

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Easily digestible and entertaining

Rayner takes us along on his search for his ideal ‘last supper’ and it’s an entertaining read for anyone who has enjoyed his work as a restaurant critic.
But there is also a nice balance here for non foodies with sweet and sour insights into an interesting life; being busted for smoking weed at school, an insight into life at home with mum Claire, and his unorthodox path to the critics’ top table.
The hunt for the ingredients and courses is entertaining and informative but sadly the last supper itself is a little underwhelming; picture like-minded London luvvies gathering for a gourmet meal ...

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  • SJ
  • 17-09-19

Don’t listen dieting

Beautifully written; deliciously funny, moving and satisfying.

Thank you Jay, for sharing your story (and the stories of others), inducing smiles and tears, but mostly for choosing good butter and snails.

What a read/listen. Don’t skip by.
You’ll be sure to enjoy.

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Great book, humour and insight

I really enjoyed this book. It had humour, sadness and a real thought behind how we should all approach a last meal

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Totally engaging for foodie people

This was so much fun to listen to, brilliantly read by the author. His life based around food, with details about provenance sustainability and taste are so interesting and often so amusing. I might listen to it all over again.

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Very Inciteful

Interesting book very well read by Mr Rayner.
He takes you on a food journey through his life from young boy to today. Enjoyed listening when out walking coming home hungry.

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A foodies adventure

This is the second book of Jay Rayner I have listened to and its equally as fantastic as the first. It’s a foodie’s journey through food memories to invoke those delightful moments we all cherish. The last supper was a great culmination and a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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A satisfying listen for food lovers

I thoroughly enjoyed it. I regularly read his restaurant reviews, and have always loved his style of writing.
The book is honest, personal, entertaining. I loved the personal stories around the dishes. They were written in such details, it was very satisfying to listen to. And of course, it gets better having it read by himself. It came alive.

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just as good as Grace Dent

A witty, entertaining and informative view of how to go about deciding what you might have for your last supper. Also you get a glimpse of the 'real' Jay Rayner. If you listened to Grace Dents book Hungry (another good book)then you will know Jay interviewed Grace at the end and told her she would probably sell more copies of her book than he would of his . I think it will be a close call. both brilliant listens .

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Just a lovely listen.

My first Jay Rayner listen and I can safely say It will be the first of many. Rayner's skills here as a master of journalistic storytelling are apparent. Really loved it and extra points for performing it himself.

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Interesting and quite touching.

Thoroughly enjoyed the book, it took a bit of getting into but then I was engrossed!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-21

Inspirational

Loved author sense of humour & inspirational storytelling about simple food. Best companion when driving office-home :)