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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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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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  • 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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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!