Eating for England: The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table

By Nigel Slater

Written in a style similar to that of Nigel Slater’s multi-award-winning food memoir ‘Toast’, this is a celebration of the glory, humour, eccentricities and embarrassments that are The British at Table.

The British have a relationship with their food that is unlike that of any other country. Once something that was never discussed in polite company, it is now something with which the nation is obsessed. But are we at last developing a food culture or are we just going through the motions?

‘Eating for England’ is an entertaining, detailed and somewhat tongue-in-cheek observation of the British and their food, their cooking, their eating and how they behave in restaurants, with chapters on – amongst other things – dinner parties, funeral teas, Indian restaurants, dieting and eating whilst under the influence.

Written in Nigel Slater’s trademark readable style, ‘Eating for England’ highlights our idiosyncratic attitude towards the fine art of dining.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 01 Oct 2007
Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-0-00-719946-4
Nigel Slater is the author of a collection of bestselling books, including the classics ‘Real Fast Food’ and ‘Real Cooking’, and the award-winning ‘Appetite’. He has written a much-loved column for ‘The Observer’ for over a decade. His autobiography, ‘Toast – the story of a boy's hunger’, won six major awards, including the British Biography of the Year, the Glenfiddich Award and the André Simon Memorial Award. ‘The Kitchen Diaries’ won the Design and Production Award at the 2006 British Book Trade Awards.

'[Nigel Slater] is a national treasure.' Bee Wilson, Sunday Times -

‘A joyously tongue-in-cheek nostalgic mix…yum, yum.' Jenny Uglow, Sunday Telegraph -

'Nigel Slater understands as well as anybody how to turn ingredients into a meal, but his big thing is his grasp of how a meal can turn into a new confection in the mind. For Slater, a meal isn't just nourishment, it's memory, nostalgia, excitements and heartache…A wonderfully comforting book.' William Leith, Evening Standard -

'From mashed swede, home made gingerbread, funeral teas and dinner parties to washing up, tipping and Heinz ketchup, Nigel Slater celebrates the eccentricity and diversity of the British attitude to food, cooking and eating.' Woman and Home -

'Slater's fans will be sure to snap this one up.' Harpers Bazaar -

'At last, I have found a little remedy for my food-overdose moments…My antidote is Nigel Slater's latest, highly addictive, extremely funny and thought-provoking book on British eating habits. I love it - one of my favourite food books this season and it doesn't even feature a recipe.' Easy Living -

‘Warm, funny and soulful writing. Grab a copy, lock yourself away and enjoy.' Sainsbury's magazine -

”'Packed with his never-bettered brand of veneration for all things quirkily British.” - Kate Colquhoun, in the Daily Telegraph 'Books of the Year’