Hodder & Stoughton, £12.99
How To Eat Out, By Giles Coren
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Saturday 07 July 2012
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."
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