How To Eat Out, By Giles Coren


How literally one should take this title is a moot point.

It is less a foodie's manual than the amusing story, or stories, of Coren's life of eating out, from the unparalleled thrills of a family outing to a Chinese restaurant to his first ever trip (with a debonair school-friend) to Pizza Express when, according to Coren, the food was worth eating (a 1971 menu has a Margherita priced at 33p), and onto his more serious gourmandising as a food critic. It's funny, silly, and offers up the odd gem –how to complain at a restaurant: "Think of yourself as a kind but rather strict parent."