Hungry: Spicy and bittersweet memories of a restaurant reviewer

The Guardian’s restaurant critic Grace Dent revisits a working-class childhood in northern England through vivid descriptions of food and family

Grace Dent’s happiest memories almost always involve food



By Grace Dent

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When the Guardian’s restaurant critic Grace Dent wrote a piece about the foods of her childhood in 2018, its recollections of Pot Noodles, Frazzles and Penguins resulted in a viral hit.

Thousands of readers identified with her homage to Wetherspoons’ big flappy menus, Greggs pasties and Mr Kipling’s French fancies, even though Dent herself admits to living the London life of a newspaper columnist (“knee deep in fancy ...