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5.0 out of 5 stars Have you heard the one about the pig's trotter?
For some reason I ignored this book when it first came out in hardback. Not sure why. Perhaps Marco Pierre White was a name from the past and someone I knew very little about . . . except perhaps that he was rude, abusive and violent in the kitchen. How's that for prejudging someone?

Don't make my mistake, this book is not to be missed. From the time I opened...
Published on 27 Sep 2007 by David Jenkins

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but overcooked in parts
After watching MPW on Hells Kitchen I was intrigued to learn more about the man who demanded respect. His story is all about hard work and commitment with a small amount of humour. His dedication is unrivalled and so is his success.

The downside of the book is his continual appreciation of himself. We all know he is rude, successful, a rock star chef and...
Published on 1 Jan 2008 by Kevin O'Brien


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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fiendishly good, 28 April 2009
This review is from: Devil in the kitchen (Paperback)
Prince of lies, lord of the darkness, Mephistopheles, Miss Stanley, call him what you will, the devil has always been closely associated with the culinary arts. How else can one explain the transformation of the good (egg, flour, beef) into the evil (omelette, pastry, mince)? Marco Pierre White has been recreating eternal damnation and torment on television for the last few weeks (successfully), and the pages of this book, reeking of sulphur and burnt at the edges, are a testament to his efforts. What is more diabolical than a whisk? All the more surprising when one considers that part of his skull is made of papier maché.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most inspiring book i've ever read, 10 Feb 2008
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Before seeing him on 'Hell's kitchen' i knew nothing about this man, but decided to buy the book as i found him so intriguing. i wasn't disappointed! what a man! At the beginning of the book he tells of his mothers death at aged 6 and you feel for the poor young boy, however, nowhere in the book do you sense any self pity. Just a purely resolute man who knows the only way up is to work his butt off! As he says in the book, whenever things seemed like they were too much, i just remembered my mothers death and thought "What could be as bad as that?". He expects nothing from anyone. For anyone feeling sorry for themselves or just simply needing a role model, then this is the book for you. A pure inspiration!
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5.0 out of 5 stars compelling, 8 July 2014
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If you like cooking read this. This man is the real deal and the godfather to every celebrity chef since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 6 July 2014
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Only just finished the book and loved it. Wish there had been a few more picks. Didn't realise how amusing M P W is or what a great chef. Hope there will be a follow shortly.......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, obsession and a Pigs Trotter., 12 May 2014
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I came to this after reading Antthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. This insight shares much of the same combination of revelation and horror but from quite a different perspective. This is a fine portrayal of a man with an obsessive 24/7 drive to achieve just one goal. Three Michelin stars. This story of the pursuit of perfection from a Leeds council estate to the jaw dropping account of the Oak Room will have any foodie completely gripped. Also, I will never look at a pig's trotter without laughing ever again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 26 Feb 2014
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Insight to his life, from his humble beginnings to attain the high status and acknowledgement he has through strict discipline
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting autobiography...., 12 Dec 2013
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A pretty good read and insight into the history of the bad boy of cooking from a council estate in Leeds to fame and fortune...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight into the life of a genius, 23 Oct 2013
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Love him or loathe him, this is a true life story of a man who is passionate about his chosen profession and a life inspiration for everyone no matter what your history is or your background, if you know what you want and are willing to work at it no matter the consequences you can make it happen.
Fantastic read x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, why did I wait so long to read it?, 16 Sep 2013
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I have always been a MPW fan but after meeting this year I knew I had to read the book and it didn't disappoint.

It is an honest account of a life with hard work and determination thrown in.
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