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 1-7: Discuss Chapters Toast 1-Jelly 1 (approx pp. 1-57)
December 8-14: Discuss Chapters Jelly 2-Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pie (approx pp. 58-109)
December 15-21: Discuss Chapters Smoked Haddock-Coffee and Walnut Cake (approx pp. 110-159)
December 22-31: Discuss Chapters Candyfloss-Toast 3 (approx pp. 160-247)