Friday, December 26, 2014

Books: The Man Who Ate The World

According to the author Jay Rayner, who is also a journalist turned food critic, nobody goes to the restaurants for the nutritional reasons. They go for the experience. I agree with the author. Whenever I have felt the pangs of hunger dig deep into me with every inch of my body craving for food, I hurry to the nearest fast food joint. The mission at hand is to drive down a greasy whatever they are offering with black colored fizzy liquid. While doing this, I also thank the Almighty for every morsel of food passing down my esophagus. I never achieve this blissful state while visiting restaurants. Coming back to Jay Rayner, he doesn't place a value for the experience. The experience is invaluable. He travels the world looking for the best experience.

In his quest for the best experience, Jay Rayner chooses six cities in the world - Las Vegas, Moscow, Dubai, Tokyo, New York, London, and Paris. Earlier, the restauranteurs were limited by geography. The geographical boundaries are not longer a challenge with globalization. As a result, the local celebrity restauranteurs have expanded to other parts of the world. Now, they can cater to food lovers in different parts of the world enabling them to enjoy the experience without traveling extensively from their home. The branching out has also brought fresh challenges. Earlier the restaurants used locally grown produce. Now these produce have to be flown in from other parts of the world. There are customizations in every part of the world to suit the local palate which brings down the quality of experience.

The book is about food and hence features it in abundance. The author warns the readers. The book will make you hungry. I agree with the author. After a few pages into the page, you are hungry. Added to this, Jay Rayner has a humorous way of writing that makes you laugh loudly forgetting the surroundings. But how much can you eat before you say no more. The book is like a good buffet. You devour it with energy and enthusiasm. Then the overload of food hits your brain. After this point, you can't take it anymore. The initial pace of the book slows down after a couple of chapters. Then the pace is sluggish. When it comes to Paris, we just want to get this over with.

The book is very funny initially and funny in bits and pieces from there. You may agree with the author in many of the observations made in the book. You can equate the book to a dinner with good starters followed by a bland main course and even blander dessert. Read at your peril. If you do not want to waste time, look at the funny quotes from Jay Rayner to save your time.



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