Nights Out At Home

Nights Out At Home

Recipes and Stories from 25 years as a Restaurant Critic


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For twenty-five years, award-winning restaurant critic Jay Rayner has been uncovering the very best of the nation's eateries - from high end restaurants to high street grills. Now, in a love letter to his favourite culinary institutions, he recreates the dishes that have stolen his heart over the decades - and helps home chefs do the same.

From a cheat's version of the original Ivy's famed crispy duck salad to a DIY Greggs Steak Bake; from New York delis to Whitechapel curry houses, Nights Out at Home tells the stories of the places and the meals that have shaped Jay's career. With the blessing - and often the help - of the chefs themselves, he unpicks the tastes and techniques behind the recipes, for us to conjure up at home.

Funny, moving and deliciously engaging, Nights Out at Home is a celebration of good food and fantastic writing, which belongs on the bedside table as much as the kitchen table.

© Jay Rayner 2024 (P) Penguin Audio 2024

About the author

Jay Rayner

Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has been the restaurant critic for The Observer since 1999 (garnering millions of views per year), has presented the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show The Kitchen Cabinet for over a decade and is the author of a dozen books, most recently My Last Supper and Chewing the Fat. His varied television work includes his role for 15 years as a critic on MasterChef, food reporting for the BBC's One Show and forming part of the expert panel on Top Chef Masters in the US. In March 2023 he was named Critic of the Year, in the UK Press Awards.
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