• 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

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