Under a Mackerel Sky

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The wry, perceptive and brilliantly evocative memoir of one of Britain's best-loved cooks.
     "All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from and to, and why."
   Rick Stein's childhood in 1950s rural Oxfordshire and North Cornwall was idyllic. His parents were charming and gregarious, their five children much-loved and given freedom typical of the time. As he grew older, the...
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Overview

The wry, perceptive and brilliantly evocative memoir of one of Britain's best-loved cooks.
     "All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from and to, and why."
   Rick Stein's childhood in 1950s rural Oxfordshire and North Cornwall was idyllic. His parents were charming and gregarious, their five children much-loved and given freedom typical of the time. As he grew older, the holidays were filled with loud and lively parties in his parents' Cornish barn. But ever-present was the unpredictible mood of his bipolar father, with Rick frequently the focus of his anger and sadness.
     When Rick was 18 his father killed himself. Emotionally adrift, Rick left for Australia, carrying a suitcase stamped with his father's initials. Manual labour in the outback followed by adventures in America and Mexico toughened up the naive public schoolboy, but at heart he was still lost and unsure what to do with his life.
     Eventually, Cornwall called him home. From the entrepreneurial days of his mobile disco, the Purple Tiger, to his first, unlikely nightclub where much of the time was spent breaking up drink-fuelled fights, Rich charts his personal journey in a way that is both wry and perceptive; engaging and witty.
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"[An] engaging memoir."  —The Telegraph

"Although it focuses primarily on Stein's earlier years, the memoir also suggests an older man's ongoing wonder about the world in which he lives, the dish he is tasting, the village cafes he visits, the fish he has caught. It's pure Stein, and pure magic."  —The Weekly Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780091949914
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,019,431
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

RICK STEIN's passion for using good-quality local produce and his talent for creating delicious flavour combinations in his books and restaurants have won him a host of awards, accolades and fans. As well as presenting a number of television series, he has published many best-selling cookery books, including French Odyssey, Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey and Rick Stein's Spain. Rick is a firm supporter of sustainable farming and fishing techniques, which he strives to maintain in Padstow, Cornwall, where he runs four acclaimed restaurants and a seafood cookery school, as well as a delicatessen and patisserie. In 2003 Rick was awarded an OBE for services to West Country tourism. He divides his time between Padstow and Australia, where he opened a restaurant, Rick Stein at Bannister's, in 2009.
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