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Chewing the Fat

Jay Rayner

A droolworthy collection of foody columns from a man with a gargantuan appetite and glorious humour

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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

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Hilarious, informative, enlightening, instructive . . . It's the funniest book I've read all year.

Chirs Evans, on MY LAST SUPPER
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A glorious book! Delicious nourishment for every cell in the body.

Jeff Goldblum, on MY LAST SUPPER
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A raucous, joyous celebration of life, family and friendship, laced with music, butter, wine, deliberately good and bad, pig-related culinary suspense as taut as a MasterChef final, and a bittersweet, bordering on dark, aftertaste ... At once everything you’d expect and want it to be.

Trish Deseine, Irish Times, on MY LAST SUPPER
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Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster with a fine collection of shirts. He has written on everything from crime and politics, through cinema and theatre to the visual arts, but is best known as the restaurant critic for the Observer. For a while he was a sex columnist for Cosmopolitan; he also once got himself completely waxed…

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