Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater is a British writer that specializes in writing about food. Born April 5, 1958 in Wolverhampton, England, he is perhaps best known for his 2004 novel Toast, a journey into his past largely remembered through the food in his pantry and his desire for home-cooked extravagant meals while his mother attempted and generally burned dinner, serving as the back-up plan toast instead.

Slater has not only written about food extensively but has also worked as a broadcaster and a journalist. He wrote for The Observer Magazine and penned a regular column that had a memoir style. He writes for the Observer Food Monthly supplement, something he fell into after five years writing about food for the magazine Marie Claire (and putting out a cookbook for the magazine too).

In addition to writing books about food, Slater has also made some television appearances thanks to his celebrity status and knowledge about food. He had his own show in 1998 on Channel 4 that was called Nigel Slater’s Real Food Show. He took a break from television for some time but came back to host a chat and food show for BBC One that was called A Taste of My Life.

Books in order of publication:

Order of Memoirs

Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger(2004) 
The Kitchen Diaries(2005) 
The Kitchen Diaries II(2012) 
Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes(2013) 
A Year of Good Eating: The Kitchen Diaries III(2015) 


Marie Claire Cookbook(1993) 
Real Cooking(2006) 
30 Minute Cookbook(2006) 
Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-to-Eat in 30 Minutes(2008) 
Real Food(2009) 
Tender Volume 1(2009) 
Tender, Volume 2: A Cook’s Guide to the Fruit Garden(2010) 
Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch(2011) 
Real Fast Desserts(2012) 
Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard(2012) 
Real Fast Puddings(2013) 
Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food(2014) 
The Christmas Chronicles(2018) 

Nonfiction Books

Eating for England: The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table(2008)
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