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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"Not surprisingly I really enjoyed this!"
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.
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!
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.
"beautifully read autobiography of the cooking guru"
I would recommend this audiobook to all the fans of Mary Berry who would like to learn a little bit more about her life.
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.
"A Slow Cooker!"
Sorry Mary but I did not manage to get through this.
It was interesting to hear about this much loved lady's early life, but the story was so slow.
I am not sure that I want to listen to recipes read to me. I don't think it works. Dare I say it - a little boring… I was not about to bake a victorian sandwich, whilst planting my potatoes in the garden.
This book was a slow cooker, that lacked the tasty bites.
"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.
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.
"a five star read"
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.
"Hugely comforting and encouraging. What a woman!"
You know that moment when you're a child when you suddenly realise that your parents had a life before you existed and that life was filled with things you couldn't imagine them doing? Suddenly they're an actual living person and not just a parent. That's how I felt listening to Mary Berry telling her life story. I know her off Bake Off (RIP) and had no idea what a driven, clever and enterprising woman she is. She has surely paved the way for many women and I thank her very much for her hard work... how she stays so humble despite her amazing career I have no idea.
The gentle ribbing Mary Berry gives people who claim she's not a feminist - I had to listen to that part a few times, it was so funny.
"Mary Berry is ace!"
Patricia Hodge was the perfect choice as the main narrator of this autobiography, interspersed with different narrators when there was commentary from people like Mary's children or personal assistant - all very easy on the ear. The only thing that didn't work for me in an audio book format was the inclusion of recipes, it would have been far better had these been available to download separately.
"an ok biography"
i don't as a rule buy biographies but as I liked mary berry on the great british bake off I thought I would give her story a try. also I had watched the program about her life and thought there would be more in this book.
I found the recipes at the end of each charpter irritating as I wanted to get on with the story. maybe it would have been better if they had all been put at the end of the book which would have made them easier to find if you wanted to try them out. unformately my days of baking are at an end and I rely on my daughter to bake cakes for me or I buy them.
patricia hodge did a good job reading the story.
"Recipe for Life by Mary Berry"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was excellent by Patricia Hodge. It was as if Mary Berry was talking to you all the way through the book. It was an endearing book by a lady of advanced years who is enjoying her life. Life hasn't always been easy for Mary Berry but she is a woman of indomitable spirit who endures the worst that life can throw at you and carries on regardless with a grace and fortitude sadly lacking in many people today.
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