Relish: My Life on a Plate

Prue Leith

Relish: My Life on a Plate

Prue Leith describes herself as greedy in all senses of the word. Cook, caterer, restaurateur, food writer, journalist, novelist, businesswoman, teacher, television presenter, charity worker, lover, wife and mother, she has certainly been greedy for life. Born in South Africa, the daughter of a well-known actress, Prue came to London in the early 1960s, set up a successful catering company, and later opened Leith's Restaurant, a food lovers' oasis in London's then gastronomic desert. By the mid-seventies she was a regular food columnist on the Daily Mail, had published several cookbooks and opened Leith's School of Food and Wine. But it wasn't all work... 2.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Relish: My Life on a Plate

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Biography, Food & Drink
Format Hardback
Pages 384
RRP £16.99
Date of Publication February 2012
ISBN 978-0857384034
Publisher Quercus
 

Prue Leith describes herself as greedy in all senses of the word. Cook, caterer, restaurateur, food writer, journalist, novelist, businesswoman, teacher, television presenter, charity worker, lover, wife and mother, she has certainly been greedy for life. Born in South Africa, the daughter of a well-known actress, Prue came to London in the early 1960s, set up a successful catering company, and later opened Leith's Restaurant, a food lovers' oasis in London's then gastronomic desert. By the mid-seventies she was a regular food columnist on the Daily Mail, had published several cookbooks and opened Leith's School of Food and Wine. But it wasn't all work...

Reviews

The Independent on Sunday

Lisa Markwell

In cooking, the skill is in knowing which ingredients to put in, how much of them, and when to stop adding. When I closed Prue Leith's memoir, I couldn't help thinking her undoubted skill had deserted her … But then, the appeal of Leith's book is not in its literary style, nor, oddly, in any of its insights into food, the catering business or entertaining. There are plenty of culinary disasters recounted, but the keen cook must look elsewhere for tips and tricks. What Relish has plenty of is, appropriately, sauce.

25/03/2012

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The Observer

Rebecca Seal

Whether Leith is talking about business, personal tragedy or her accidental attendance at an orgy, her tone is no-nonsense — a quality that enabled her to navigate her way in and then, 25 years on, out of what is still a tough, male-dominated industry. The book also contains some hilarious vignettes, best of all how the Daily Mail office was evacuated because she thought she'd received a letter bomb. In fact, she'd muddled the quantity of treacle in a marmalade recipe; the parcel contained an orthodontic retainer welded to a lump of burnt sugar, and the bill for its replacement.

11/03/2012

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The Sunday Times

Bee Wilson

[She] comes across as tirelessly self-confident and usually right ... In business, this lack of self-questioning must be useful: in a memoir, it is frustrating. Much of Leith’s life story comes across as unreflective and a bit by the numbers…

04/03/2012

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