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"Stein's brilliant memoir traces his halcyon days spent in Australia, culminating on his home turf, Cornwall." -- The Daily Telegraph The Daily Telegraph "In one of the most absorbing and moving memoirs I can remember reading, Rick lays himself bare in just over three hundred pages of compulsive honesty." -- Richard Madeley Richard and Judy Book Club 2014 "This is essentially a memoir of lost youth. It will move you to laughter and tears." -- Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy Book Club 2014 "Dealing with his father's suicide by heading for the outback, catching a freighter from New Zealand to New York, running a nightclub: Stein has plenty to talk about before he gets to fish restaurants in Padstow and becoming a fixture of food TV. His fine autobiography never shies away from that defining tragedy and how it rippled through his life, even revealing his sudden need, last summer, to swim to the Cornish cliffs where his dad died." -- Allan Jenkins and Gareth Grundy The Observer Food Monthly

About the Author

Rick Stein's has published many best-selling cookery books, including Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey, French Odyssey, and Rick Stein's Spain. He runs an acclaimed restaurant and a seafood cookery school, as well as a delicatessen, patisserie, and hotel.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091949904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091949907
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,210,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks for the stories.
Katie
I like Rick Stein and have always enjoyed his T.V. cooking shows.
linda Baker
On the whole, perhaps not a very balanced memoir.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pedal roy on June 8, 2014
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If I were able to choose one prominent chief to meet over a beer or wine, and hopefully interview, Rick Stein would be my first choice.
I loved his French Odyssey television series, having bicycled through the French Alps in 2006. Stein's presentation is excellent and I could learn a lot about French cuisine and its origins.

The autobiography, titled from a mackerel cloud pattern common to many counties, is well penned and easily retains attention. His descriptions of his native Cornwall are appealing confirming this is a choice part of the world. I have to admit my best fish and chips were enjoyed on a Cornwall beach.I was cycling there too in 2006.

On television Stein comes over an the archetypal English gentleman. His story, written with a stark honesty, also reveals a younger Stein as an occasional rough diamond. His adventures, and misadventures, especially working on a railway construction in Australia are revealing. He fell in love with Australia in more ways than one. He met his future second wife while judging the best Aussie restaurant. He also discovered a soft spot for my native New Zealand. I was intrigued by his rise from budding chef to someone deservedly attracting world acclaim. His story spans several environments from Europe, Asia and the south Pacific. Anyone who has enjoyed some of Stein's cuisine television presentations will find this autobiography a companionable read. I bought a print edition for a present and a kindle edition for myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David White on November 4, 2013
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Could have been titled 'Under a Snapper Sky' because Rick is almost an Aussie. The history of Rick Stein is well presented, he recalls so much of his life, his moods, his appreciation of people is most evident. I would suggest that everyone could learn a bit from this book. I enjoyed it immensely, so much that next year we are spending two weeks cruising down The Canal du Midi. I have to experience that French feeling that he projects so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catpercy on October 25, 2013
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I looked forward to reading this but was not the best book I've ever read.
I've always enjoyed his shows but to me he comes across as somewhat arrogant here.
A pedestrian read at best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy lin on October 23, 2013
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it's simply amazing how everyone has such a different life story to tell, TV celebrities included! This book certainly tells quite a different side of the story to the Rick stein we know from TV. Hight recommended!
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Rick Stein is one of my favourite chefs, and I loved his foodie travels on TV. Maybe he should get 3 1/2 stars for his memoir, but as I do not have that option, it has to be 3. My first objection against the memoir is that Rick, decent guy that he is, seems to feel he should mention e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-g-l-e person who ever crossed his path for the duration of this book. So the book crawls with names, and details about those names, and that is really a tedious aspect. One fully understands that certain people played huge parts in his life and had to be mentioned and fleshed out, but surely he could have left out cooks, taxi drivers, fishermen, girl helpers, etc., or simply mentioned them in passing. And then, a glaring omission: his family. I felt so bad for poor Jill, his first wife, who gave him two sons and faithfully did her part to help him maintain his restaurant businesses. It could not always have been easy for her.

He tells us exactly nothing about his real life -- his private life -- and Jill remains a shadow in the background, as do his boys. No, Rick -- they were surely a large part of your life, and you owed it to your readers to include them in this tale.

When he describes meals, incidents around meals, and exotic foods, I did enjoy it. Things went awry sometimes, although I thought that with his frequent name-dropping of semi-famous people connected to radio and TV his many and far-flung foodie trips (enchanting on TV) did seem to fall rather easily into his lap.

Of course, as a woman, I was rooting for the very absent Jill all the time, thinking of how she had to keep the home fires burning, so to speak, while Rick drifted down the Canal du Midi or let himself be charmed by the many other locales.
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By Katie on June 22, 2014
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I have read, cooked and watched Rick Stein from the beginning so enjoyed the book immensely. Thanks for the stories.
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By sue parkington on April 1, 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Rick Stein certainly seems to have had a colourful life, interspersed with tragedy. Very entertaining. It brought back memories of the UK in the 60s & 70s.
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By Amazon Customer on February 26, 2014
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If you enjoy cooking and traveling , you will like this book, Rick takes you through a memorable journey, puncuated by stops where he is either cooking, or having a good time with a friend or opening a restaurant
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