An ICON of his times,
This review is from: Stirred But Not Shaken: The Autobiography (Hardcover)
Reading this book I realised we had a lot in common, ( Rugby, Army and love of food etc ), and one of my biggest regrets is not tracking him down for a drink (or two) at one of his ventures.
I even eat at one of his Clifton restaurants without realising the significance at the time.
I grew up with him as an Icon of what cooking was all about and he inspired my interest in food and wine to this day, and now my son shares his enthusiasm.
This book makes a compelling read and is a roller-coaster of emotions as you share his ups and downs, which make it almost a tragi-comedy, but full of great lessons about life can throw at you, and how to keep fighting back.
In the end, he died not long after the book was completed, in a manner that would have brought a wry smile to his lips.