- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books (February 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843541890
- ISBN-13: 978-1843541899
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,579,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Apologist Paperback – February 1, 2005
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"'It made me laugh, it made me cringe. It is, I'm sorry to say, highly original' Alistair McGowan; 'Jay Rayner shows food critics are human after all, even when stuffed with chocolate. An highly entertaining whimsy with no apology needed.' Gordon Ramsay 'A very funny book about apologies - by someone who has a lot to apologize for' Anthony Bourdain"
About the Author
Jay Rayner is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who is also the Observer's restaurant critic. In 2006 he was awarded 'Critic of the Year' at the British Press Awards. He is married and lives in London. He is the author five novels including The Apologist (Atlantic Books 2004) and The Oyster House Siege (Atlantic Books 2007).
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For those who haven't read Eating Crow, here's the plot (no apologies for spoilers) Marc Basset is a restaurant critic. When a chef is driven to suicide by a critical restaurant review, Marc embarks on an odyssey of apologies to all the people he has wronged. From there its only a hop skip and a jump to Marc being appointed Chief Apologist at the UN. Not that Marc skips or jumps very much, given that he is a rather portly fellow who loves his food. Marc proceeds to apologise his way through a the whole smorgasbord of the world's wrongs and learns that sorry doesn't always make it better. (Stopping often to eat along the way.)
Often cynical, sometimes insightful, this book is a reminder never to get mixed up in bureaucratic fads and always have a good PR consultant on your pay-roll. The food descriptions are to die for, especially the chocolates and of course the author has very thoughtfully added a list of suppliers.
All in all, a very entertaining read- if you like your fiction flavoured with a dash of sadism- believe me it get really ugly at the end there, proving once again that sorry really is the hardest word.