The Man Who Ate the World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner

By Jay Rayner

"A hilarious and insightful trip into the area of eating place meals."―Mario Batali

"Nobody is going to eating places for dietary purposes. They opt for the adventure. And what fee a truly most sensible experience?"

What cost certainly? Fearlessly, and with nice wit and verve, award-winning eating place critic Jay Rayner is going looking for the precise meal. From the Tokyo sushi chef who deals a toast of snake-infused liquor to shut a mind-blowing meal, to Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas the place Robuchon himself eagerly watches his guest's each mouthful, to seven three-star Michelin eating places in seven days in Paris, Rayner conducts a whirlwind travel of top-end gastronomy that may thrill the heart―and stomach―of any armchair connoisseur. alongside the way in which, he makes use of his entrée into the eating place international to probe the bigger concerns in the back of the globalization of dinner.

Riotously humorous and shrewdly saw, The guy Who Ate the World is an engaging examine the enterprise and delight of good dining.

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It struck me now that during the times prior to a trip to an it appears stylish eating place, we fictionalize ourselves. We think ourselves on the desk because the wittiest, such a lot tasteful and, in fact, happiest model of ourselves that it truly is attainable to be. the matter used to be that few eating places can ever convey on that anticipation, or even if it may possibly, like heroin or crack, the thrill is rarely pretty much as good the second one or 3rd time round. It used to be inevitable, particularly. touring the area via its maximum eating places, looking for the best meal, had made me query the very aspect of them.

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