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The first collection of food writing by Britain's funniest and most feared criticA.A. Gill knows food, and loves food. A meal is never just a meal. It has a past, a history, connotations. It is a metaphor for life. A.A. Gill delights in decoding what lies behind the food on our plates: famously, his reviews are as much ruminations on society at large as they are about the restaurants themselves. So alongside the concepts, customers and cuisines, ten years of writing about restaurants has yielded insights on everything from yaks to cowboys, picnics to politics.TABLE TALK is an idiosyncratic selection of A.A. Gill's writing about food, taken from his Sunday Times and Tatler columns. Sometimes inspired by the traditions of a whole country, sometimes by a single ingredient, it is a celebration of what great eating can be, an excoriation of those who get it wrong, and an education about our own appetites. Because it spans a decade, the book focuses on A.A. Gill's general dining experiences rather than individual restaurants - food fads, tipping, chefs, ingredients, eating in town and country and abroad, and the best and worst dining experiences. Fizzing with wit, it is a treat for gourmands, gourmets and anyone who relishes good writing.
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A.A. Gill's witty observations and scathing criticism have been the highlight of reading the Sunday papers for over ten years His fearsome knowledge, and fearless honesty, make him one of the most respected critics to walk through a restaurant's doors THE ANGRY ISLAND and PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS have reinforced A.A. Gill's reputation as a formidable and funny essayist 'He is still, by miles, the most brilliant journalist of our age' Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph 'At his best, Gill shows how real insight into a culture can be gleaned from the manner in which its food is produced, distributed, prepared and consumed' New Statesman 'Certainly a book that whets the appetite and an ideal... present for the foodie in your life' Dublin Evening Herald 'Infuriating and funny in equal measure, but always delectably readable' Big Issue

About the Author

A.A. Gill was born in Edinburgh. He is the author of two novels, books on two of London's most famous restaurants, and a travel book. He is the TV and restaurant critic for the Sunday Times and is a contributing editor to GQ magazine. He lives in London and spends much of his year travelling.

Reviews

'It annoys, arouses feelings and forces one to confront received opinions. Whether one sides with it or not, one can admire the zest of the writing and applaud its splendid lack of political correctness' -- Beryl Bainbridge * MAIL ON SUNDAY * 'He entertains like a vicious game show' * GLASGOW HERALD * 'Gill is a delightful, funny polemicist. His prose floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee and, just when you least expect it, lands a deft and lethal blow beneath the belt' * SUNDAY TIMES * 'His reporting, within the space of a few sentences, can be honest, romantic, awestruck, damning, hilarious but, importantly, never sentimental or patronising' * TIME OUT * 'What sets Gill apart from the upper middle-class politically incorrect pontificators is that he's interested in people (even if he doesn't always like them) and writes in a clear, economical, puissant style' * THE LIST *

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