Sunday Times 27th Nov 2005
Top five food book
'Witty and weird...this extraordinary "cookbook", stuffed with esoteric foodie facts, contains a surprising quantity of workable recipes, but the principal pleasure is to be derived from Gates's witty writing, which had me laughing out loud.'
Daily Express 20th Oct 2005
'Huge fun, extremely informative and featuring the oddest selection of recipes you are ever likely to see (I never knew, incidentally, that woodlice tasted like shrimps), Stefan Gates' new book is in the best tradition of British experimental gastronomy.'
Pete & Geoff Virgin Radio
20th Oct 2005
‘A brilliant, brilliant book.’
‘Brilliant. Deranged, but Brilliant.’
Publishing News July 2005
Chose the book as a November highlight and said:
‘With the avalanche of chef books launching this autumn, Gates and his irreverent look at culinary matters presents welcome relief from all that serious cooking, It's a splendid read.’
The Bookseller July 2005
Chose Gastronaut as a ‘Panel selection for October’. Amy Worth said
‘I’m really looking forward to Gastronaut.’
The Guardian (by Richard Johnson) 1st Oct 2005
Stefan Gates once asked me round to watch him cook with aftershave. I declined. 'Cooking with aftershave was not a good idea,' he said next day. Stef is, definitely, a one. We co-presented BBC2's Full On Food (I remember him eating fugu, the world's most poisonous puffer fish), but after the first series he left to write a book. Gastronaut (BBC Books, £14.99) is typical Stef. This book tells you how to stage a bacchanalian orgy in your front room. And how to cook with gold.
ÓStefan Gates 2005