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Relish: My Life on a Plate Hardcover – 28 Feb 2012
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''A fine tome, written by a fine lady' Live magazine. (Live magazine)
''a searingly honest memoir ... much to entertain' Independent on Sunday. (Independent on Sunday)
'Most of the credit for Leith's success, however, rests with the woman herself ... The best bits of the book show her in crisis -management mode ... she is refreshingly honest about mistakes ... she knows what she likes - simple, cordon-bleu cookery - and she never backs down' Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)
Leith is disarmingly honest about her own regrets, writing with candour and warmth about her family' Good Book Guide. (Good Book Guide)
'Prue Leith was not just born to cook ... she was also born to write' Daily Mail. (Daily Mail)
'Prue Leith's gripping new autobiography is packed with stories of opening the coolest restaurant in Swinging Sixties London, kitchen disasters among superstars and royalty, plus moving accounts of adoption, love and loss' Express. (Express)
''searingly honest, tender and very funny' talking of food. (talking of food)
'this book is like a jolly montage from a wholesome family movie ... a joyful story rather than a self-pitying one' Mail on Sunday. (Mail on Sunday)
This is Prue's life on a plate; and very tasty it is, too' Tribune. (Tribune)
'what a terrific tale it is - of a South African girl who could stand the heat and made the kitchen into a remarkable career' Telegraph. (Telegraph)
'Whether Leith is talking about business, personal tragedy or her accidental attendance at an orgy, her tone is no-nonsense. The book also contains some hilarious vignettes' Observer. (Observer)
you'll be captivated by her story' Food and Travel magazine. (Food and Travel magazine)
The eye-opening story of one woman's incredible appetite for life: Prue Leith, judge of C4's GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF and former judge of BBC2's GREAT BRITISH MENU. Now fully revised and updated. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Prue Leith pulls no punches in describing her duplicity in concealing her domestic arrangements. It's a moral boundary most would prefer not to condone or cross. But it's also a tale of true love and two souls who were surely destined to be together. And it's easy to forget the extent to which she's influenced the restaurant industry. I well remember the dire divisions of the 70s. Restaurants were either glitzy and posh or if more relaxed, bordering on greasy spoon. A young, visionary Ms Leith introduced a different concept to dining. Great food, great surroundings and great fun was the key to a good eating experience. She influenced a national change in expectations about eating out. Although her restaurants were in London, her books and newspaper columns meant that her views spread to the regions. She challenged the all male environment of the professional kitchen, even changing the view of the Head Chef at the Savoy. He claimed no woman would work in his kitchen ( and gave his laughable reason). But ended up headhunting a young female chef. The book is filled with fascinating insight into the wider business world too. Prue's role on numerous diverse committees, boards and other bodies resulted in the demise of the curly British Rail sandwich and the great supermarket Butchers banger. Some remarkable achievements recounted with wit and candour.
This is one of the most compelling and fascinating books I've read in a while. Despite her name, she was often more imprudence! Lots of snippets and insights but over all, a totally disarming honesty; humorous and heartfelt, I loved this. Thank you, Prue, for sharing so much. Loved it!
And what a life it has been - from growing up in South Africa, finding the love of food (and men !) in France, to opening up a catering business and having a lifetime relationship with an older man who was also a family friend. These are no sanitised snippets, but neither is it a "kiss and tell" in that the honesty of the authoress shines through. You can tell that the passion Prue has for food is part of her overall passion for life. She took risks, both in her personal and professional life, and ended up not only a well-known cook and restaurateur, but businesswoman, patron of the arts (she is the force behind the 'fourth plinth' at Trafalgar Square), wife, mother and lover. She catalogues her mistakes as well as failures, and one comes to the end of the book feeling that you now know Prue, and can fully understand why she chose the title she did for her autobiography. If you want a rattling good read, and are bored of reading bland memoirs devoid of taste - put some "Relish" on your plate. Like a favourite recipe, you'll want to share this with friends and family - my copy is already out on loan and my Mother's Day present dilemma is sorted.
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