The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker

Penguin has just published an ebook of Will Self’s collected Real Meals columns, The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker, for the bargain price of £1.99. (This edition is currently only available in the UK – if it’s published in the USA we’ll add an update).

“Most food writing and restaurant criticism is concerned with the ideal, with how by cooking this, or dining there, you can somehow ingurgitate a new – or at any rate improved – social, aesthetic and even spiritual persona. I aimed to turn this proposition on its head, and instead of commenting on where and what people would ideally like to eat, I would consider where and what they actually did: the ready meals, buffet snacks and – most importantly – fast food that millions of Britons chomp upon in the go-round of their often hurried and dyspeptic lives.”