'Acutely observed, poignant and beautifully written…Slater tells his heartbreaking story with great subtlety. The theme of food and love is a fascinating one and I have never seen it better handled.' Daily Telegraph
'Few, if any, food writers engender such affection as Nigel Slater. He evokes time, people and place with…unmatched sensuous energy…Extraordinary.' Observer
'Toast is a magnificent reminder of…food in family life.' Lynne Truss, Sunday Times
'A talent for prose as simple and pleasurable as his recipes.’ Sunday Telegraph
'Moving, funny and finely crafted, it's a real gem' Independent
'It achieves a remarkable freshness…[and] reveals a gift for doleful, Alan Bennett-like comedy.' Guardian
'This artful, disconcerting, endearing book deserves a place in the literature of childhood unhappiness and survival against the odds.'