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Recipe for Life | [Mary Berry]

Recipe for Life

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Mary Berry's autobiography, Recipe for Life, read by the actress Patricia Hodge. From Queen of Tarts to the nation's heart, Mary Berry shares her Recipe for Life. "In the words of my father, my birth caused no end of trouble..." From the moment she came into the world - two weeks early, throwing her parents' lives into disarray - Mary has gracefully but firmly done things her own way.
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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Mary Berry's autobiography, Recipe for Life, read by the actress Patricia Hodge. From Queen of Tarts to the nation's heart, Mary Berry shares her Recipe for Life. "In the words of my father, my birth caused no end of trouble..." From the moment she came into the world - two weeks early, throwing her parents' lives into disarray - Mary has gracefully but firmly done things her own way.

Born in 1935, in the city of Bath, Mary's childhood was a curious mix of idyllic picnics and ramblings, and alarming air raids; of a spirited and outdoorsy home life and a dreaded school existence. All nearly cut horribly short by an almost fatal bout of polio when she was thirteen, which isolated Mary in hospital, away from beloved family and friends for months. Recovery saw her turn to her one true passion - cookery. And so began a love affair that has - so far - spanned six remarkable decades; from demonstrating ovens in the early 1950s to producing glossy food magazines in the 60s and 70s, gradually becoming the country's most prolific and - many would say - best loved cookery writer. Until her emergence in the 21st century as a TV sensation and style icon on the Great British Bake Off.

As a working mother, at the heart of a busy household, Mary became an expert at the art of juggling, even bringing her working life into her home with her Aga school. And there have been challenges, one terrible tragedy and many joys along the way. In this touching, evocative and fascinating memoir, we accompany Mary on her journey of nearly eighty years; a life lived to the full, with a wicked sense of fun and an eye for the absurd, it is the life of a delightfully traditional but thoroughly modern woman. Fans of The Great British Bake Off can't wait to get their hands on Mary Berry's Recipe for Life.

Born in 1935, Mary has been teaching Britain how to cook for over half a century. Her far-reaching culinary career has taken her from recipe tester, cookery editor, author and entrepreneur to TV personality. Mary lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband Paul.

©2013 Mary Berry (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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    1/10/14
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    "Not surprisingly I really enjoyed this!"
    What made the experience of listening to Recipe for Life the most enjoyable?

    Who doesn't like Mary Berry?! I love her in TGBBO and I enjoyed the two-part TV program on her life. This book is just as enjoyable, but in more depth. I'm always fascinated to see how people/celebrities got to where they are and revel hearing about coincidences and chances which lead to such unexpected results! You just leave this liking her even more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the recipes at the end of each chapter was a bit odd in an audiobook, but in fact I ended up looking forward to them and HEARING how simple some of the methods are reminds me that I really should have a go!


    What does Patricia Hodge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Originally I did a double take when I saw that Patricia Hodge was reading this as I thought that it was Mary herself! This is the first book I have heard read by PH and she has a very easy manner and very listenable.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M.B.
    10/16/14
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    "beautifully read autobiography of the cooking guru"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to all the fans of Mary Berry who would like to learn a little bit more about her life.


    What does Patricia Hodge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Patricia Hodge does a wonderful job in making this audiobook truly engrossing. I don't think I would enjoy this autobiography as much if I was reading it. I became a fan of Mary Berry, like so many others, through the GBBO and although some parts of Mary Berry's story were already known to me through TV programs and interviews, listening to Patricia Hodge reading it was a pleasure.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    4/24/15
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    "Thank you Mary Berry"

    Very enjoyable and recipes a great plus. An interesting biography and well narrated. You feel like you have really been allowed in to Mary Berry's life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/14/14
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    "Wonderful"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was really uplifting and entertaining. Very well read by Patricia Hodge who was also a great choice as the narrator as she sounds very like Mary. The recipes at the end of each chapter are a nice touch too. A wonderful book about a lovely lady with a great attitude to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen Hood
    Biggar, United Kingdom
    6/6/14
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    "a five star read"
    Any additional comments?

    Such a lovely book to listen to. Mary reminded me so much of myself and my family, she just comes over as a lovely, caring friend. The recipes are an extra bonus. Patricia Hodge is excellent as narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kabir
    7/3/15
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    "Genuinely enjoyed listening to this book *****"
    Would you listen to Recipe for Life again? Why?

    Yes 100% was a really nice touching book


    Which character – as performed by Patricia Hodge – was your favourite?

    Patrica Hodge was a very good reader, almost sounded like Mary Bery


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Browns of Reading
    6/7/15
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    "Wonderful"

    I loved this book, such a fascinating life.
    Wonderfully told recipes and all.
    I'm sure I'll listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denise Angela Robinson
    6/4/15
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    "Enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Recipe for Life the most enjoyable?

    Mary Berry is a lovely lady & her story is interesting & emotional with a feel for her ups & downs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty & straight forward talking.


    Which character – as performed by Patricia Hodge – was your favourite?

    She did a great job of all the characters.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Of course, it would be hard not to with the death of her son.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    5/28/15
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    "Lovely Book"

    I Loved the book, Patricia Hodge a great choice for narrator. Recipes an extra bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss r a orr
    11/15/14
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    "Lovely book and lovely lady!"
    What did you like most about Recipe for Life?

    This was my first audiobook, but I really enjoyed it. It was well read, and the narrator sounded like Mary berry. Really interesting to learn about her life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Recipe for Life?

    Reading about the death of her son William- very upsetting


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hearing about her sons death


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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