The Edible Books selection for December is Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger by Nigel Slater.
Nigel Slater is well-known for several cookbooks filled with stories and sumptuous photos, his BBC series Simple Cooking, and his food column in The Observer. And Toast is now a BBC movie starring Helena Bonham Carter.
Before Slater was a famous author and broadcaster he was a young boy who dealt with the loss of his mother, a new housekeeper, and his father’s uncertain temper.
Toast is a memoir of Slater’s childhood and growing culinary talents, told through food. Get ready to learn more about the boy who became the famous man.
Happy Reading! ~ Christina & Natalie
Below is the December discussion schedule:
This month’s reading schedule requires some explanation: We have divided the book into four roughly equal weekly sections as usual. Toast is written in 118 very short chapters—some less than a page long—that are titled but not numbered. The page numbers listed below are accurate for the Kindle Edition but vary slightly for the paper editions and are therefore intended only as a guide.
- December 1st-7th: Discuss Chapters Toast 1-Jelly 1 (approx pp. 1-57)
- December 8th-14th: Discuss Chapters Jelly 2-Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pie (approx pp. 58-109)
- December 15th-21st: Discuss Chapters Smoked Haddock-Coffee and Walnut Cake (approx pp. 110-159)
- December 22nd-31st: Discuss Chapters Candyfloss-Toast 3 (approx pp. 160-247)
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