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My Dining Hell

(2012)
Twenty Ways to Have a Lousy Night Out
A Novella by

 
 
I have been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing I have learned it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.

They claim otherwise, of course. Readers like to present themselves as private arbiters of taste; as people interested in the good stuff. I'm sure they are. I'm sure they really do care whether the steak was served au point as requested or whether the souffle had achieved a certain ineffable lightness. And yet, when I compare dinner to bodily fluids, the room to an S & M chamber (only without the glamor or class), and the bill to an act of grand larceny, why, then the baying crowd is truly happy.

Don't believe me? Then why, presented with the chance to buy this ebook filled with accounts of twenty restaurants - their chefs, their owners, their poor benighted front of house staff - getting a complete stiffing courtesy of the sort of vitriolic bloody-curdling review which would make the victims call for their mothers, did you seize it with both hands?



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February 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Dining Hell: Twenty Ways To Have a Lousy Night Out (Penguin Specials)
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 0-241-97347-3 / 978-0-241-97347-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: My Dining Hell: Twenty Ways to Have a Lousy Night Out
Author(s): Jay Rayner
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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May 2012 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: My Dining Hell: Twenty Ways To Have a Lousy Night Out
Author(s): Jay Rayner
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU