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Gordon Ramsay
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Book Description

1 May 2007

Everyone thinks they know the real Gordon Ramsay: rude, loud, pathologically driven, stubborn as hell. But this is his bestselling real story…

Humble Pie tells the full story of how he became the world’s most famous and infamous chef: his difficult childhood, his brother’s heroin addiction and his failed first career as a footballer: all of these things have made him the celebrated culinary talent and media powerhouse that he is today. Gordon talks frankly about:

• his tough childhood: his father’s alcoholism and violence and the effects on his relationships with his mother and siblings,

• his first career as a footballer: how the whole family moved to Scotland when he was signed by Glasgow Rangers at the age of fifteen, and how he coped when his career was over due to injury just three years later,

• his brother’s heroin addiction.

• Gordon’s early career: learning his trade in Paris and London; how his career developed from there: his time in Paris under Albert Roux and his seven Michelin-starred restaurants.

• Kitchen life: Gordon spills the beans about life behind the kitchen door, and how a restaurant kitchen is run in Anthony Bourdain-style.

• How he copes with the impact of fame on himself and his family: his television career, the rapacious tabloids, and his own drive for success.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007229682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007229680
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Ramsay's radical career change at 17 years old led him to London and to fame and fortune as chef, restaurant-empire-builder and celebrity. He has earned an extraordinary 12 Michelin stars for his restaurants in London and New York.

Now a celebrated television presenter, Gordon's award-winning television series include Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word and Hell's Kitchen.

He has published many bestselling cookbooks including Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy, Sunday Lunch, Fast Food, 3*** Chef, Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite and Ramsay's Best Menus - all published by Quadrille.

Gordon was appointed OBE in 2006.

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‘Gordon Ramsay’s Humble Pie – so exuberantly angry boastful, cliche-ridden, expletive-laden and touchingly sincere that I can’t believe that a single sentence has been written by anyone but the failed footballer, great cook, telly star and businessman himself. He’s the genuine bollocks, as he’s so fond of saying, and this is the tale of his personal class struggle.’ – The Observer

'Inspirational stuff.' Heat

‘I cannot recommend strongly enough that every BII member reads it. It's so refreshing and energising – and oddly the fact that every fifth word begins with 'F' adds to its charm, its passion and its delight…The book is an inspiration. Anybody running any kind of business will benefit from reading this.’ BII Business magazine

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"When I think about myself, I still see a little boy who is
desperate to escape, and desperate to please. The fact that I've long since
escaped, and long since been pleasing people, has little or no impact. I
just keep going, moving as far away from where I began as possible." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like fiction 15 Feb 2007
Gordon Ramsay's autobiography is a treat to read; his life is full of so many exciting ups and downs that it really does read like fiction, although I don't think you could make this up! He is honest about his own shortcomings as well as those of others and is brave enough to share with the reader his darkest hours and the most difficult times he has been through with his family.

It's very easy to sit at home and see his many TV shows and assume that he's rolling in cash, he's had it easy, his kids are spoilt and that nowadays he's just a TV frontman rather than a cook.. but it seems that these perceptions are entirely wrong. He's had a difficult upbringing which seems to reflect in everything he does. It's refreshing to hear his sound values and love of life and cooking (not that he always distinguishes between the two!).

A truly interesting insight, not only in Gordon Ramsay's life, but also into the seemingly cut throat world of class A restauranteurs and chefs. If I was his mum, I'd be dead proud!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No wonder he's thick skinned 8 May 2007
I have just finished reading Humble Pie within two days of buying it and was horrified and entertained in equal measure. You may see the volcanic Ramsay on television but compared to some of the chefs he has worked under, he is fair and rational. He emerges as a likeable and decent bloke- giving honest hard workers the chance to better themselves. He is also unspoilt and appreciative of how far he has brought himself-for example, he may be a multi millionaire but he doesn't want to spoil his children and only gives them one present for Christmas. I completely see his point. His lack of luxury as a child has made him work hard and appreciate what he has earned and he wants the same for his children. However, my favourite juicy bits of this book were the gasp-aloud scenes of almost comedy violence perpetrated by the chefs he has worked for. His old adversary Marco Pierre White emerges as totally unpredictable and irrational. The chefs he worked for in Paris fare little better and emerge as monsters. Gordon Ramsay may yell and swear in the kitchen but he, to my knowledge, has never thrown a boiling pot of stock at anyone. He has made mistakes and openly admits to them. His honesty is disarming, whether you agree with him or not. There are also incidnetal snippets of celebrity gossip hither and thither, and his background story of his relationship with his father and his brother nearly had me in tears, and yet lacks self pity. All in all, there's pretty much every emotion in this tale of triumph over adversity (Even a bit of romance in the chapter about women). A thumping good read whether you like him or not. Personally I don't see how anyone can fail to at least repect anyone who has worked as hard as him.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard work pays off 19 Jan 2007
Full respect to Gordon Ramsay. One passed reviewer has said that this is about Gordon settling old scores, whereas REALLY this is about Gordon setting the record straight, and Boy is there plenty to do. This really is testiment to how hard Mr Ramsay has worked, and why he deserves all the accolades he has.

Gordon chronicles his life starting from the early days in the rough part of Glasgow to his swanky house that we all would love in Wandsworth. He deserves everything he has, and inspires you to want to do better yourself. Not only is this a motivational book, but it's a darned good read!

I defy anyone not to finish this in a matter of days!
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a bite of humble pie 2 Oct 2006
I read this book from cover to cover in an evening and an afternoon. Within the first few pages I was sucked into the life of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Not pleasant at times but I was hardly expecting this to be a soothing book for bed time.
All I have ever know of this man is what has been portrayed in the tabloids, glossy mags and on TV. A seemingly arrogant, mouthy, bully? Wrong, in Humble Pie we get a glimpse of the other side of Ramsay and how he got to where he is today through hard work and determination.
Well written and with touches of humour as well as the sadness, sweat and tears. I really enjoyed this book. Honestly written and nothing fancy to make it more amusing, he tells it as it is. From the dark days of childhood to the fascinating life he has built for himself on his own merits...the kid from the council estate on free school meals...
I won't say rush out and read this book because I know it won't be everyones cup of tea, what I will say is speaking for myself and in my view this is one book I will remember long after it's been put away on the bookshelf.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I had finished the book within 24 hours. Admittedly, I'd been dying to read it, and enjoyed it far, far more than the Neil Simpson "Gordon Ramsay: The Biography", which really was lowest common denominator rubbish. I felt that Ramsay showed a bit of what he has gone through to get where he is today, but considering it is supposed to be his own (as opposed to Simpson's, gleaned, as far as I could tell, from appearances on television and newspaper articles, without, what seemed to me,a single interview with the man himself) account of his life so far, I felt it was missing quite a bit of soul - he definitely affords more time to his cookery, and hey, who can blame him?! That's where his talents really lie.

Don't get me wrong - this is a good, readable biography, but I think Ramsay's supreme PR machine girls have had a lot more to do with it than perhaps any other editors. A collectable book for the die-hard Gordon fan (it takes one to know one), but I can't help but hope he writes another one in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good item, bigger read than i thought as the ...
Good item, bigger read than i thought as the book was actually thicker than a similar version bought in the past so better bargain than i anticipated.
Published 7 days ago by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Ramsey uninteresting
I didn't really learn anything from it that was worthwhile I felt. I was interested what a guy who eats force fed animals (foie gras) And tiny just born piglets was like and from... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sequin
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Published 1 month ago by Jean catchpowle
5.0 out of 5 stars humble pie
loved listening to this book and how gordon came from glasgow to where he is today. well worth a read
Published 2 months ago by house elf
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in places
Great insight into some aspects of Ramsay's life.
I felt there were gaps in places, which I'm sure he will fill in his second book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Scott Hardie
5.0 out of 5 stars humble
Excellent insight into a man who is drive by passion loyality and dedacation worth a read for any aspiring chef
Published 6 months ago by Martin Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Ramsey Book
Bought this item for a gift so unfortunately I am unable to comment on this item as I haven't read this myself. Sure it will be good
Published 7 months ago by Mrs A Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great in site into Gordon life, which I found so interesting. The stuff he has gone through and the work he has put in made me respect and like... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms. E. Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Humble Pie
Really enjoyed this book, not always liked Gordon Ramsey, but this book changed my mind on him.

Its to the point and honest, and I found myself really warming to this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Hate turns to love
I am ashamed to say that I took on board all the media rubbish about Gordon Ramsay and completely ignored him. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robin
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