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Eating Crow [Paperback]

Jay Rayner
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6 Sep 2005
Marc Basset has a well-deserved reputation as a pitiless restaurant critic. When he writes a devastating review of a celebrated restaurant, the chef commits suicide, roasting himself in his own fan-assisted oven, with Basset's review pasted to the door. Suddenly Basset is moved to do something he has never done before: apologize. Startled by the widow's forgiveness and absolution, he feels unexpectedly euphoric. In an effort to maintain this newfound state of bliss, he decides to gorge himself on contrition by apologizing to every person he has ever done wrong. And that's just the beginning. After a series of virtuoso expressions of regret, word of Basset's mollifying power spreads, and he is tapped to become Chief Apologist for the United Nations. His job is to travel the globe in his own Gulfstream V private jet, apologizing for everything from colonialism through exploitation to slavery. It is a role that brings him fame, wealth, and access to a lot of very good chocolate. But in a world overdosing on emotion, does Marc Basset really have the stomach to become the sorriest man in history? Built of delicate layers of heinous crime, forgiveness, and outrageous gastronomy, Jay Rayner's hilarious new novel is an arch comedy of modern appetite and etiquette.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (6 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743250613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743250610
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Don't buy both books by accident! It really is a good novel though - rayner is a very good writer and this and The Oyster House Seige (and to a certain extent The Day of Atonement) are worth a purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny premise and start, but not a strong conclusion 4 Jan 2005
By J. Minatel - Published on Amazon.com
This is definitely worth a read. It's short, under 300 pages, and if you have some time to kill, it's light enough to whip through in a few hours. The story and main character (Marc) get off to a very funny start. However, about mid-way through the book, about the time the Marc gets his job as chief apologizer to the world, the humor is harder to find. On the whole, it's completely worth reading though.

A couple of other minor issues that might bug some readers: if you aren't a foodie, the pages long descriptions of individual meals and foods could put you off. They're easy enough to skim through after the first few and after all, the author is a professional food critic so he's writing what he knows. American readers beware, some of the British slang might throw you. And, if there's any serious flaw it's that I didn't find either of Marc's two female love interests to be very believable or complete characters. They seem to just exist in the story for Marc's benefit, and don't stand very well on their own. The author put more effort into describing some of the chocolates in the story than he did development of the girlfriends.

But it's definitely still a funny book and worth reading. I found it a very entertaining balance to some weightier non-fiction I'm struggling through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny 26 Dec 2004
By Mark D. Rubin - Published on Amazon.com
A very entertaining, very quick read. Don't take the tale too seriously, for it's only a tale! Rayner writes in an entertaining style and, if you're a foodie, his descriptions--and his sources--are wonderful. I'm ready to place my order for salt caramel truffles from L'Artisan du Chocolat in London tonight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful foodie frolic 9 Jan 2006
By J. Rudden - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a repressed foodie (with small kids, one doesn't get to actually experience a lot of great restaurants), and the meal descriptions were Ruth Reichl restaurant review worthy. It took a turn I didn't expect plotwise, with the UN business. Very clever and sometimes laugh out loud funny. I would definately look at this writer's next book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 13 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If I hadn't spent the money to buy the book I would not have finished it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Crying wolf! 17 April 2006
By Tonya Speelman - Published on Amazon.com
If this book isn't you say wolf too many times. He gets crazy apologizing and finds himself all wrapped up in making apologies. But will they come to mean nothing?

I enjoyed this book without a doubt. Highly entertaining, lots of wonderful scrumptious food descriptions. However I agree, the book did leave me kind of like is that all?

I look forward to other books by this author and I want to read more about all the chocolate foods!
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