SHORTLISTED FOR THE FORTNUM & MASON DEBUT FOOD BOOK AWARD 2021
‘Extraordinary. Vivid, irreverent, heartbreaking.’ NIGEL SLATER
‘So funny and so delicious. I could eat it.’ DAWN O’PORTER
‘Delicious.’ THE OBSERVER
From Frazzles to Foie Gras: a memoir of wanting more.
From an early age, Grace Dent was hungry. As a little girl growing up in Currock, Carlisle, she yearned to be something bigger, to go somewhere better.
Hungry traces Grace’s story from growing up eating beige food to becoming one of the much-loved voices on the British food scene. It’s also everyone’s story – from treats with your nan, to cheese and pineapple hedgehogs, to the exquisite joy of cheaply-made apple crumble with custard. It’s the high-point of a chip butty covered in vinegar and too much salt in the school canteen, on an otherwise grey day of double-Maths and cross country running. It’s the real story of how we have all lived, laughed, and eaten over the past 40 years.
Warm, funny and joyous, Hungry is also about love and loss, the central role that food plays in all our lives, and how a Cadbury’s Fruit ‘n’ Nut in a hospital vending machine can brighten the toughest situation.
'Extraordinary. Vivid, irreverent, heartbreaking.' NIGEL SLATER 'So funny and so delicious. I could eat it.' DAWN O'PORTER '... absolutely loved it. Add to your reading list now!' NIGELLA LAWSON 'I stayed awake LATE to finish and honest-to-god it's WONDERFUL! Deliciously honest about ambition, family secrets, loneliness, success, it's all here! It's a HUGELY engaging and satisfying read.' MARIAN KEYES 'Charming, readable and resonating ... this is British comfort food in book form' STYLIST 'A moving account of family and ambition' VOGUE 'Full of audacious, vodka-dry humour, Hungry is also tender and touching, she writes about her father's dementia with heartbreaking honesty.' RED 'Funny and poignant account of life with her father and how it shaped her relationship with food...Dent is a fine comic writer, but she is also superb on grief and the small moments of connection that offer a way through.' THE OBSERVER
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