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Relish: My Life on a Plate Paperback – 27 Sep 2012
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Writing honestly about her career as well as her upbringing in apartheid South Africa and her longing for a family, Prue shows that life is what you make it (Daily Express)
Honest and well-written ... a revelation ... A perfectly blended mix of humour, emotion, love and reflection, Leith has served up a tasty dish (Daily Mail)
A searingly honest memoir ... much to entertain (Independent on Sunday)
Whether Leith is talking about business, personal tragedy or her accidental attendance at an orgy, her tone is no-nonsense ... contains some hilarious vignettes (Observer)
An interesting and entertaining autobiography (Scottish Home and Country)
Her racy memoir pulls no punches (Sunday Telegraph)
This book is like a jolly montage from a wholesome family movie ... a joyful story rather than a self-pitying one (Mail on Sunday)
This heart-warming story must be one of her finest moments ... You'll devour it (P&O Magazine)
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)
The memoir of a woman whose refreshing charm, humour, energy and zest show her remarkable appetite for life.See all Product description
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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.
Her arrogance and lack of feeling for others annoyed me.
She is a trailblazer and was a sole woman in a mans world but at what price.
Only seems to care about herself sadly
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!
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