The Man Who Ate the World by Jay Rayner
In Search of the Perfect Dinner

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An astronomical gastronomical undertaking —one of the world’s preeminent restaurant critics takes on the giants of haute cuisine, one tasting menu at a time

 

Like the luxury fashion companies Gucci and Chanel, high-end dining has gone global, and Jay Rayner has watched, amazed, as the great names of the restaurant business have turned themselves from artisans into international brands.

Long suspecting that his job was too good to be true, Rayner uses his entrée into this world to probe the larger issues behind the globalization of dinner. Combining memoir with vivid scenes at the table; interviews with the world’s most renowned chefs, restaurateurs, and eaters; and a few well-placed rants and raves about life as a paid gourmand, Rayner puts his thoughtful, innovative, and hilarious stamp on food writing. He reports on high-end gastronomy from Vegas to Dubai, Moscow to Tokyo, London to New York, ending in Paris where he attempts to do with Michelin-starred restaurants what Morgan Spurlock did with McDonald’s in Super Size Me—eating at those establishments on consecutive days and never refusing a sixteen-course tasting menu when it’s offered.

The Man Who Ate the World is a fascinating and riotous look at the business and pleasure of fine dining.


 

About Jay Rayner

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Jay Rayner is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who is now the London Observer's restaurant critic. He is married and lives in London.
 
Published May 26, 2009 by Henry Holt and Co.. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A book-length quest to understand the 21st century's international gastronomic revolution.

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After a successful career in political journalism, covering grisly stories like the Homoka and Bernardo murder trial and John Wayne Bobbitt's dismemberment, Jay Rayner turned his attention to becoming a traveling restaurant critic, thinking that fancy food may be a respite from these heavier topics.

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I expected to hate Rayner after reading 300 pages about all the delicious food he was eating (and I wasn't).

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It ended up with me phoning my wife and saying, "I've got good news and I've got bad news: the bad news is that I'm no longer involved with Top Chef: Masters, and the good news is that I'm no longer involved in Top Chef: Masters."

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