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Recipe for Life: The Autobiography [Hardcover]

Mary Berry
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Book Description

12 Sep 2013

From Queen of Tarts to the nation's heart, Mary Berry shares her Recipe for Life.

'In the words of my father, my birth caused no end of trouble...'

From the moment she came into the world - two weeks early, throwing her parents' lives into disarray - Mary has gracefully but firmly done things her own way.

Born in 1935, in the city of Bath, Mary's childhood was a curious mix of idyllic picnics and ramblings, and alarming air raids; of a spirited and outdoorsy home life and a dreaded school existence. All nearly cut horribly short by an almost fatal bout of polio when she was thirteen, which isolated Mary in hospital, away from beloved family and friends for months.

Recovery saw her turn to her one true passion - cookery. And so began a love affair that has - so far - spanned six remarkable decades; from demonstrating ovens in the early 1950s to producing glossy food magazines in the 60s and 70s, gradually becoming the country's most prolific and - many would say - best loved cookery writer. Until her emergence in the 21st century as a TV sensation and style icon on the Great British Bake Off.

As a working mother, at the heart of a busy household, Mary became an expert at the art of juggling, even bringing her working life into her home with her Aga school. And there have been challenges, one terrible tragedy and many joys along the way.

In this touching, evocative and fascinating memoir, we accompany Mary on her journey of nearly eighty years; a life lived to the full, with a wicked sense of fun and an eye for the absurd, it is the life of a delightfully traditional but thoroughly modern woman.

Fans of The Great British Bake Off can't wait to get their hands on Mary Berry's Recipe for Life.

Born in 1935, Mary has been teaching Britain how to cook for over half a century. Her far-reaching culinary career has taken her from recipe tester, cookery editor, author and entrepreneur to TV personality. Mary lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband Paul.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; Special Signed Edition edition (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405912847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405912846
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Berry has been teaching the nation how to cook for sixty years. Her career has taken her from recipe tester, cookery editor, author and entrepreneur to TV personality. Mary lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband Paul.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely conversation with !mary 13 Oct 2013
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I chose this book because I enjoy autobiographies and I had enjoyed to TV series on Mary's life. I really enjoyed the book. I could hear Mary's voice and it was as if we were having a chat.what a fascinating, talented and down to earth lady she is. Thank you Mary for such a good read and congratulations on easily achieving an A pass in English writing, as that is what I as a retired teacher would give you for this thoroughly enjoyable book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading is a must! 13 Oct 2013
By Helen
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I loved this book 'Mary Berry' is a national treasure in my mind anyway. I took this book on holiday and just could not put it down. Whilst you are reading all about Marys story it is as if she is sat talking to you face to face. Her attitude to life and others are something a lot of people could take on board and the world would be a better place!!
Helen
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 30 Sep 2013
By AnnaS
Format:Hardcover
I just love Mary Berry. She's such a wonderful woman and she's been though so much. She's an inspiration and I love reading all about her fascinating life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Mary Berry 19 Nov 2013
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I loved this book - despite having seen the biopic of her life on the TV there is still plenty of new material in this warm and friendly book of memories. Mary is not afraid to express her opinions on many facets of modern life and the book is refreshingly frank. A highly developed work ethic shines through the whole story too. I cannot recommend it too highly for any fan of Mary Berry's.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 28 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What a brilliant read this book is. Would highly recommend to anyone. It is clear what a passionate and charming lady Mary Berry is. Written with honesty and many interesting stories. I also love the recipes dotted about between chapters. I'll be reading for a second time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great mary as usual 3 Nov 2013
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good book very interesting and informative mary is the queen of bakeing and a good read top marks all around
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lady 31 Oct 2013
By Iris
Format:Hardcover
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's very readable with excellent photos spanning many years in Mary's life. There are great recipes written at the end of each chapter which really inspired me to do some baking again. She makes them so simple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 6 Jan 2014
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I purchased this as a gift for my mum and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Saying it was a great read and very interesting. Also it is about someone with a story to tell and not some Z lister who has knocked out their second autobiography by the age of 21 and really have nothing interesting to say.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of happiness & great sorrow - written with honesty
A really enjoyable read. Full of happiness & great sorrow - written with honesty, sensitivity & love. I would love Mary Berry as a friend.
Published 12 hours ago by pennyh
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems sturdy. Good price. As per usual, well packed and a good...
Bought for a present. Hopefully will be a good read.
Published 4 days ago by FunLeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good to deal with.
Published 7 days ago by mr kevin doyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very pleased with purchase, have now passed it on to friend who is also a mary berry fan
Published 8 days ago by stormin normin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mary Berry
Such a fabulous read that I have bought more copies for gifts
Published 10 days ago by june smith
5.0 out of 5 stars what a fabulous book!
I've read this book in two days and I've laughed and cried. It's a well written and informative book and I found it doubly interesting because Mary is the same age as my late... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. Jo Moir
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It,s never been off my player
Published 15 days ago by Sylvia Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise words on life
A brilliant book. I couldn't put it down. Whether your a Berry fan or not, she has some sage words for everyone.
Published 16 days ago by Amy Larkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A mkost enjoyable book
Published 16 days ago by Roy Cumberlidge
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book was intresting to know about mary
I liked this book was intresting to know about mary. But then I have always been a Mary Berry fan. X
Published 18 days ago by Susan Bahn
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