• "A masterpiece by one of the most gifted and original of contemporary writers. It is a book that will repay study and rereading. Only a churlish, insular reader could fail to respond to its bold and exhilarating historical sweep, its poetic celebration of food and the arts of cooking"

    New Statesman
  • "Grass spices his potent brew with a juicy concoction of tales and anecdotes, and a rich, Rabelaisian humour"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "I know of no one else capable of writing anything like it"

    Sunday Times
  • "Grass is one of the few great writers in Europe today"

    Sunday Telegraph