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Giles Coren
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14 Feb 2013

How to Eat Out, Giles Coren's hilarious and practical wisdom on eating out - from McDonalds to Michelin star - is now available in paperback.

It has taken Giles Coren a lifetime to master the art of eating out.

From a lonely childhood spent in pub car parks, peering in at a magical world of chickens in baskets and butter in little foil squares, to belching his way through taste clouds of prawn gas and chocolate air at 'the best restaurant in the world', to mock dog in Shoreditch, sperm sushi in Tokyo and delicious fricasseed field mouse in 'Ancient' Rome, Coren has experienced pretty much everything a restaurant can throw at you, and thrown it right back. Or at least caught it, sniffed it, and bagged it up for later.

Bad waiters, bum tables, little rip-offs, big cons, old fish, cheap meat, yesterday's soup and tomorrow's gastroenteritis... Coren tells you how to avoid the lot, and even come out of it with free champagne and a dish named after you by way of apology.

It doesn't matter if it's fish and chips, takeaway pizza, a medieval banquet with Sue Perkins or a slap-up nosh at the Hotel de Posh, there is always a right way and wrong way to do it.

How To Eat Out is a bit of both.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444706926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444706925
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Giles Coren is a renowned columnist and restaurant critic for The Times and has contributed to various publications including the Independent on Sunday, Tatler and GQ. He was named Food and Drink Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2005. He appeared on The F Word as a correspondent, and has presented several programmes, including Animal Pharm and The Movie Lounge. He currently co-stars with Sue Perkins in The Supersizes Go... series for the BBC. His first novel, Winkler, was published in 2005.

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Am LOVING How To Eat Out (@Nigella_Lawson)

Sorry it had to end. Loved every minute. Emotional now. More please. And soon. (@realnigelslater)

It's as funny as hell, and had me laughing and crying at the same time. (Good Housekeeping)

Can't recommend this enough to those who love eating out, travel, food; and most of all, who just like to have a really good chuckle. (Rachel Khoo)

An unexpected joy. I found myself wiping away a tear as he describes a meal out with mum and dad, and hooting with laughter over the bile-flecked airline food chapter. (The Independent)

Funny, lyrical, affectionate (Independent on Sunday)

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Star of TV's Supersizers and The Times' restaurant columnist Giles Coren brings us his hilarious and practical wisdom on eating out - from McDonalds to Michelin star.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Sue Bentley VINE VOICE
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As a fan of Giles, from his writing for the Times to his TV work, I knew I would enjoy this book. And I did, the writing is witty and insightful and full of beautifully crafted sentences that make you laugh out loud, or nod furiously in agreement. His decription of seeing a glimpse of Mount Fuji is poetically wonderful, his rant about the snivelling legal bean counters at the newspaper is hilarious and his description of his last Chinese meal with his dad makes your heart ache a little for him.

So, just as expected,an entertaining book from a skilled writer. However, I also learned, surprisingly, how to eat out! How to get a better table, why bread is a bad idea, why I should drink tap water, how to talk to a waiter about wine..loads of good stuff.

Buy the book. You can learn, and you can laugh.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His father's son 2 Sep 2012
By Hilary
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I enjoy watching Giles Coren and Sue Perkins on the box, and Giles' book about eating out is both funny and informative. There are tips on how not to end up with the table by the loo or the swing doors of the kitchen, and why you should tip more than you think you should - except on those occasions when you shouldn't... The pieces concerning Japanese food culture are well worth reading before you visit Japan, if that's on your 'to do' list, and when it comes to culinary knives with which to prepare food, if you want to buy one you'd better know exactly what it's for. Never mess with a Samurai, that's all I'll say. Combined with the Coren acerbic wit (which must in part be hereditary, surely), reading this book is as pleasurable as eating a well-prepared and served meal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book for foodies 26 Mar 2013
By Bizgen
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I enjoyed the book. Maybe not all, some of it was a rant of Giles' rather strange, personal hang-ups.

The beginning was interesting with its insight into the way he and sister, Victoria, were brought up with a charismatic and irascible father, Giles Coren. There are lots of humorous allusions, some wonderful descriptions of meals and various food he enjoys and dislikes. Lots of suggestions about what you should do when visiting restaurants and how to ensure you are remembered and given the best of everything available in the kitchen. As he said, when advising you to make a friend of a restaurant, 'Friends don't give you the old whiffy bit of fish from the fridge. They don't leave you waiting for an hour for your dinner. They don't overcharge you...'

I enjoyed reading the book because I am a foodie and I have always been a fan of the Corens. Most of the book was interesting, some of it was amusing and I have picked up some tips. If you eat out and get pleasure from menus, buy it.

Twitter link @GensPlace
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For foodie fans. 13 Dec 2012
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I liked his style of writing, no nonsense, to the point. Not sure if I concur with all his views but learnt a few things about the restaurant environment. Quite amusing in places. I would think most people who like good food, eating out etc would enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 30 Jun 2012
By Eff Bee
Love this book. I'm not a reader of Giles' column but saw this book plugged ferociously on Twitter. It's one of the few books that make me laugh out loud. I considered him to be the Charlie Brooker of food critiques. Buy it for a laugh!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter and Hunger: what more do you need? 1 Jun 2012
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I don't read Giles Coren's reviews in The Times as they are behind a paywall. Pity because he is a really great writer. But it also means that I don't mind if he has copy and pasted chunks from them into this book. The added family memoir sections are also immensely touching (but then again I'm a sucker for well written sentimentality and nostalgia) - but it's a book ultimately to read for his views and rants on our cuisine. He does three things very, very well: makes you laugh, makes you hungry and makes you want to go out and eat (especially for Chinese). And for that I think he is the God of Food.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality writing from Coren 23 May 2012
By C Woods
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The only concerning thing is that he appears to be mellowing in his old age, or at least trying to.

A compendium of typically easy to read, wittily written pieces about Coren's opinions on pretty much every major global cuisine. Plenty of crude views interspersed with almost uncharacteristic sentimentality about his family and particularly his father.

Very good read, enjoyable and not short of interesting opinions on the UK restaurant scene over the last 40 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 May 2012
Really good. Excellent writing. Witty, snappy, amusing, like his weekly reviews but with much more meat. Coren has a wonderful style and this comes thoroughly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This is such a refreshing view of the whole restaurant scene and the pitfalls of eating out.
Great to have some myths exploded and Giles Corens book had me laughing out loud... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Lisa Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so jealous!
I am jealous because I would love to write like this, with no thought as to whether I might offend someone. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Suzy - Sudden Lunch
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Eat Out
Good book. Well received. Good value.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs M P Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in one go
As a fan of Coren's Times reviews, I had high hopes of this book. I was slightly concerned that it might turn out to be a dull rehash of published articles, though, but not at all... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jae325
1.0 out of 5 stars crap
Crap, really crap, and not worth reading, didnt learn a thing.

It's not funny and nothing like a) his news papers work or b) his tv stuff.
Published 2 months ago by Justtin
5.0 out of 5 stars funniest book I've read in ages
I really like Giles style of writing and his outlook on life in general, "say it as you find it "
once I started this book, I couldn't put it down !! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Redrose
1.0 out of 5 stars Poncey Rubbish
From the title I thought this might be an amusing guide to eating out with interesting anecdotes from the various restaurants. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. John Gayton
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read
Giles Cores is as amusing and arrogant as ever. His discussion of his childhood Chinese meals is alone worth the read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
I loved this book - made me laugh out loud many, many times. Plenty of bad language so not for the feint hearted but all foodies of a certain age will enjoy it too
Published 9 months ago by MISS P R JONES
3.0 out of 5 stars Self obsessed, or what!
Not a bad read at all as long as you don't take any of his ever changing opinions too seriously.
Published 11 months ago by Jim Short
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